The Melilla border fence forms part of the Morocco – Spain border in the city of Melilla, one of two Spanish cities in north Africa. Melilla’s border and its equivalent in Ceuta, also bordering Morocco , are the only two land borders between the European Union and an African country.
Spain’s government has decided to reopen its borders with Morocco on July 1, which borders have been closed so far due to the Coronavirus developments, the President of the Autonomous City of Melilla, Eduardo de Castro has announced during a press briefing.
Strait of Gibraltar
Melilla was the first Spanish town to rise against the Popular Front government in July 1936, thus helping precipitate the Spanish Civil War. Melilla was retained by Spain as an exclave when Morocco attained independence in 1956.
Melilla is a safe city to visit, though not unconditionally so. There are always lots of people enjoying the beach, etc. until late; though it is not advisable to travel alone at night, even in the city centre. Street robbery is not an uncommon occurrence for people walking alone at night in Melilla .
The most common way of travelling to Morocco is going by ferry to Tangier. There are two regular routes: Algeciras – Tanger-Med Port ⎝ ( one hour and a half by boat). This port is in Alcazarseguir, 50 kilometres away from Tangier and 30 from Ceuta.
U.S. travelers are permitted to stay up to 90 days in Morocco without a visa . Citizens of the U.K., Australia, and several European countries have similar benefits.
Land. Morocco borders Algeria to the east and southeast, Western Sahara to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the west , and the Mediterranean Sea to the north. It is the only African country with coastal exposure to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. 5 дней назад
The strait connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Spain from Morocco (and Europe from Africa). It’s about 10 miles across, but the strong current that flows in from the Atlantic almost always ensures you ‘ll end up swimming farther.
A fixed crossing means a tunnel or bridge between Spain and Morocco at the narrowest point of the Mediterranean — the 15-mile-wide Strait of Gibraltar. At present the Mediterranean is crossed by ferries and ships linking European and African ports.
If you are looking for nightlife, Ceuta is probably also a winner. However, I love Melilla for the beautiful architecture and the tiny beach contained in the old fortress. You can still get plenty of tapas and wine, but it has a chiller vibe than Ceuta .
The northern zone became part of independent Morocco on 7 April 1956 , shortly after France had ceded its protectorate (French Morocco). Spain finally ceded its southern zone through the Treaty of Angra de Cintra on 1 April 1958 , after the short Ifni War.
Melilla in British English (Spanish meˈlija) the chief town of a Spanish enclave in Morocco, on the Mediterranean coast: founded by the Phoenicians; exports iron ore.