Ceuta, Spanish Morocco

Introduction to Ceuta, Spanish Morocco

If you visited Ceuta without knowing beforehand that this small, yet charming city is in fact situated on Morocco’s north coast you would be forgiven for thinking that you were simply in one of mainland Spain’s pretty resorts, so typically Spanish is the architecture, culture, cuisine and scenery here. 

Spread out over a narrow, 7.1 square mile area, Ceuta is easily explored on foot. And, despite the city’s compact dimensions, there a few noteworthy sites and highlights to uncover. Taking a stroll in the Mediterranean sunshine is a great way to take in the sights and experience this unique enclave to the full.

Taking time to visit the Murallas Reales Defensive Walls is highly recommended to marvel at the imposing 16th century parapets, moats, groynes and galleries of this remarkably well-preserved fortress; while the Mediterranean Maritime Park is well worth a visit too. The park is a celebration of César Manrique’s work and boasts beautiful saltwater lakes, gardens and an impressive castle inspired by Ceuta’s ancient fortifications.

In the heart of the city you’ll discover a fascinating Old Town which is home to the 18th century neo-classical cathedral, Plaza de Nuestra Señora de África monument and many other historical highlights including Ceuta’s oldest Christian church, the Church of San Ildefonso. Don’t forget to try some of the local culinary delights too, such as delicious Andalusian style seafood and Moroccan style meats; and treat yourself to some retail therapy – duty free shopping is available in Ceuta. 

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  • Enjoy an exceptional out look over Ceuta at Isabell II Viewpoint
  • Visit the memorial of the soldiers that lost their lives in the Spanish – Moroccan war
  • Admire the incredible views over the strait of Gibraltar, Morocco and Ceuta from the hill of Monte Hacho
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Over the water from Gibraltar lies the small Spanish territory of Ceuta at the tip of Morocco. Rich in character and history, learn about this interesting enclave on this short tour.

Begin with a scenic drive to the Isabel II viewpoint, where you will have a unique look out over the magnificent bays, the city, the strait of Gibraltar and Monte Hacho. The Mosque of Side Embarek stands here, an important place for the Muslim community of Ceuta. The drive continues back to the city centre past the Royal Walls, an imposing medieval fortress complete with parapets, moats, groynes and galleries.

Continue to the Plaza de Africa for a brief photo stop. The square is home to the monument dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Spanish - Moroccan War. You will see the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Africa and the exteriors of the Cathedral and the Palace of the Assembly.

Further on you will again find fantastic views over the strait of Gibraltar, Morocco and Ceuta - this time from the top of Monte Hacho. Passing the fort of Hacho, a military construction that was used as a prison for centuries but since 1975 has become a Maritime Observatory, you will reach the Hermitage of San Antonio. After a short stop you will pass Desnarigado Castle Museum as you return to the pier.


Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour shows you the sights of Ceuta but involves a minimal amount of compulsory walking, so is therefore suitable for most guests. Please note, however, that all participants must be able to get on and off the coach unaided. Toilet facilities will be available during the short stop at the Plaza de Africa.



  • Discover one of the most typical and beautiful towns of Morocco
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tétouan Medina
  • Enjoy a local performance of music and dance 
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

The Medina of Tétouan and its enticing network of shaded alleyways is made for exploring with a knowledgeable guide. Within this timeless UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will touch the heart of two cultures, Spanish and Arab, at the crossroads of two continents - Europe and Africa.

Set off on a scenic drive to the historic capital of northern Morocco. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will regale you with an intriguing insight into this extraordinary part of the world. Settlements dating back to the 3rd century BC and echoes of the Roman and Phoenician eras coloured the region’s early days. The current town was built in the 15th century by refugees of the Spanish Reconquista. This 700-year-long struggle for dominion over Spain pitched Christian against Muslim; made martyred St James the Apostle the patron saint of Spain, elevated El Cid to the status of Spanish national hero, and thrust the Moors out of their beloved Granada.

Approaching Tétouan, a Berber name that means open your eyes, you will be struck by the city’s dazzling setting. Draped across the slopes of a narrow valley, backed by the majestic Rif Mountains and washed by the azure waters of the Mediterranean. Gaze at the tidy white washed houses as you walk the cobbled streets laced with white-brick arches and tinkling fountains. Enter the historic walled Medina through one of its seven original gates. Here, a warren of shaded alleyways leads to intricate hand-tiled mosques, intriguing museums, Hassan II Square and the Khalifa - the palace of the royal family.

The Medina bustles with colourful wares for which the artisans of Tétouan are appreciated. Along the commercial streets of Tarrafin, Trankat and Mtamar, built over the old underground tunnels where Portuguese hostages were imprisoned during the 16th and 17th centuries, you will find a variety of goods on sale. As you explore, discover the handprint of Moorish architecture in the city's hostelries for medieval travellers and traders, small dedicated prayer areas, and fountained squares.

Indulge in a typical Moroccan mint tea & pastry at a local restaurant. Enjoy a local show consisting of music (Gnaua) and a dance performance. Conclude your tour with the return drive through lush fruit orchards, re-crossing the Moroccan border and arriving back at the pier in the neighbouring enclave of Ceuta.



Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one and a quarter hours of walking at the Medina over varying terrains, and there are some steps to negotiate. Therefore it is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. This tour may operate in a different order to that described. Please note that visiting Tétouan requires passing through the Moroccan border; therefore guests require their passports AND a photocopy of the information page. Passports will be held by Customs and returned to guests upon arrival back in Spain. Participants are required to fill out immigration forms prior to the start of this tour

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