Top ChoiceFort in Melilla

Melilla La Vieja

Perched over the Mediterranean, Melilla la Vieja is a prime example of the fortress strongholds that the Spaniards built along the Moroccan littoral during the 16th and 17th centuries. Much of it has been...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Melilla

Palacio de Asamblea

Nieto’s art-deco Palacio de Asamblea, whose floor plan depicts a ducal crown, is an operating town hall, although the staff at the entrance are willing to show tourists around upon request. Worth seeing are two...

Museum in Melilla

Casa Ibáñez Museum De Arte Contemporáneo

Melilla's best gallery can be found inside Torre de la Vela, an 18th-century building within the fortress walls. It's worth wandering the six showrooms through the permanent collection of modern and contemporary...

Landmark in Melilla

Plaza de España

Plaza de España is the beating heart of Melilla, with arteries leading to the modernist new town and fortress. It's also where you can catch a bus to the border. At the centre is a central fountain and an...

Notable Building in Melilla

Casino Militar

The magnificent two-storey building lining Plaza de España holds free temporary art exhibitions in rooms extending from its Enrique Nieto–designed hall. The facade still portrays the Republican coat of arms and...

Historic Building in Melilla

Cuevas del Conventico

These extensive and well-restored caves were used for storage as well as a refuge during sieges, and pop out at a small beach below the cliffs. The Phoenicians first excavated the tunnels; later occupiers took...

Beach in Melilla

Playa de la Ensanada de los Galápagos

Nestled below cliffs and the towering fortress walls is the secluded beach of Playa de la Ensanada de los Galápagos, open from June to September (with lifeguards on duty), though children can be seen diving into...

Notable Building in Melilla

Plaza de Toros

Africa's only active bullfighting ring is operational just once a year for Melilla's Virgen de la Victoria festival. Otherwise, the 8,000-person stadium is open for free 30-minute guided tours explaining the...

Monument in Melilla

Statue Grande Libre

Melilla's role in modern Spanish history isn't forgotten. The Statue Grande Libre marks 7 July 1936, when Franco began the campaign against the government in Madrid. With a soldier and lion backed by a fascist...

Historic Building in Melilla

Aljibes de las Peñuelas

Two of the four tiny doors across the courtyard lead into the cavelike, other-worldly cisterns, which once stored as much as 1000 cubic metres of water for the fortress. All that water left Los Aljibes thick with...

Museum in Melilla

Museo Militar

Near the Iglesia de la Concepción, the Museo Militar is perched high over the Mediterranean. Its two small rooms are stuffed full of exhibits (all in Spanish) from the Spanish military in Melilla: regimental...

Park in Melilla

Parque Hernández

The spacious palm-lined park right at the heart of the city is perfect for lounging on a bench with a book or zigzagging through the maze of blue and white ceramic pathways, an ode to the city’s modernist design....

Church in Melilla

Iglesia de la Purísima Concepción

This 17th-century church above Las Cuevas del Conventico is the oldest in the city. Unfortunately, it's only possible to behold from outside as renovations have been underway for several years.

Gate in Melilla

Puerta de la Marina

The main entrance to the Melilla la Vieja fortress is Puerta de la Marina, a gate which once had a drawbridge system with chains and a moat.