García Aldave

Scenic Drive in Ceuta

The García Aldave nature area can be crossed from coast to coast along the N354, either by car or on foot. The route contains a series of circular neomedieval watchtowers, closed to visitors, and military training bases. Several of these are visible from Mirador de Isabel II, which offers great views across the isthmus to Monte Hacho.

On 1 November, Ceuta celebrates día de la mochila (day of the backpack), a mass pilgrimage to García Aldave to remember the deceased.

The road ends at Benzú, a small town on the northern coast, which faces the grand sight of Jebel Musa rising across the border. The mountain is known here as mujer muerta (dead woman) because it resembles a woman lying on her back. Contemplate mortality over a cup of mint tea.