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 plaza's history and the rules of bullfighting. The tours are a fascinating reflection on a rather gruesome Spanish tradition, without having to witness any bulls die.

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2. Statue Grande Libre

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3. Plaza de España


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4. Palacio de Asamblea

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5. Casino Militar

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7. Puerta de la Marina

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8. Aljibes de las Peñuelas

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