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 green moss, but Melilla's impeccable restoration effort has the tanks looking stone dry. Don't look down if you're squeamish about heights.

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1. Puerta de la Marina

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4. Melilla La Vieja

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5. Cuevas del Conventico

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6. Iglesia de la Purísima Concepción

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7. Playa de la Ensanada de los Galápagos

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8. Museo Militar

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