Melilla is a small Spanish autonomous city located on the north African coast bordering Morocco. If i’m honest i’d never heard of it until I stopped there on my cruise after Gibralter, but I had a pleasant surprise. The Moroccans consider this 12km semi circle as occupied territory. The border is heavily fortified with its enormous fence in order to prevent immigrants entering into the EU. But don’t let this put you off, with its beautiful contrast of old and new architecture there is plenty to see.
The medieval fortress overlooks the port and houses many museums, I spent most of my time in the main shopping centre. With its modern architecture and the streets laid out in blocks it was a lovely place to spend an afternoon shopping. A walk through Hernandez Park in the centre is also recommended with its fountains, palm trees and intricate tiles creating different shapes.
We ended our walk through the park at Plaza de Espana which is essentially a large roundabout, but with hotels and banks in grande buildings and a stunning fountain in the middle, it wasn’t the worst place to wait with a coffee to be collected by the bus and taken back to the ship.