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 the balcony overlooking the plaza feels fit for a dictator – a reminder of how Melilla was one of the first staging grounds for the 1936 Spanish Civil War.

The corner facing Banco de España contains Restaurante Casino Militar, a popular restaurant and tapas bar that pours onto the street at lunchtime.

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1. Palacio de Asamblea

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2. Plaza de España

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3. Statue Grande Libre

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4. Playa de la Ensanada de los Galápagos

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6. Aljibes de las Peñuelas

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7. 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.