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 the turquoise water year-round. Find your spot on the picturesque seashell-laden beach by entering through the tunnel across from La Pérgola.

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1. Iglesia de la Purísima Concepción

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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…

3. Museo Militar

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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…

4. Cuevas del Conventico

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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…

5. Aljibes de las Peñuelas

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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…

6. Puerta de la Marina

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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.

8. Melilla La Vieja

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Perched over the Mediterranean, Melilla la Vieja is a prime example of the fortress strongholds that the Spaniards built along the Moroccan littoral…