What you need to know before traveling to Ceuta

Ceuta, a city in the very South of Spain, is almost not a part of Spain at all. Its position on the North African side of the Strait of Gibraltar gives it strategic and war time importance, and it is also one of the last places to catch a hotel before taking the ferry over to Africa. Booking ahead through EasyToBook.com lets you find yourself having to stay in some dodgy hostel or unclean Ceuta hotel. Watch out for the monkeys: they are only one of the many signs that you are almost out of Spain and in to Africa.

Ceuta as a city has quite a long history, going back in to legend. It is one of the suspected sites for the Pillars of Hercules. Throughout the different wars, the town belonged to the Vandals, Romans, Carthinians, Visigoths, Berbers, and Moors. The old Royal Moat and wall are visible, as are many other historic defensive structures. Modern defenses against smuggling include the Ceuta border fence, which is a good site for visiting to see what all the fuss is about—the Morroccan government is quite opposed to it! As Ceuta lacks some of the museums and other niceties of larger cultural centers, ancient battlefield explorers will find it a nice haven for a historical getaway. From your Ceuta hotel, there is much to explore in this ever interesting area.

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