1956 – Spain retains Ceuta and Melilla after Morocco becomes independent. 1995 – Spain approves Statute of Autonomy for Ceuta and Melilla. 2002 – Moroccan and Spanish forces clash over the islet of Perejil off Ceuta. 2007 – Visit by Spain’s King Juan Carlos reignites Moroccan claims of sovereignty.
Main Routes of Ferry From Spain to Morocco
|Tarifa – Tangier City||30 min – 1 hr||13 services per day|
|Algeciras – Tangier Med||1.5 hrs – 2.5 hrs||29 services per day|
|Algeciras – Ceuta||1 hr – 1.5 hrs||21 services per day|
|Gibraltar – Tangier Med||1.5 hrs||1 service per week|
|Malaga – Melilla||4 hrs||2 services per day|
As in the former French Zone, many European and Jewish inhabitants left. The southern protectorate area of Tarfaya was handed back to Morocco in 1958, while the Spanish unconditionally gave up Ifni in 1970, hoping to gain recognition of their rights to Melilla and Ceuta.
Although Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol , Morocco is a moderate Islamic country and you are likely to feel free to drink in moderation in private or where alcohol is being served. In medinas alcohol cannot be purchased in shops, although many riads and hotels offer it.
Motivation. Like most imperializing countries, the Spanish and French wanted to colonize Morocco because they wanted power. Feelings of nationalism made people proud of all that their country had achieved. France had already taken control of Algeria, which borders Morocco , and wanted to take over Morocco as well.
You must have a valid passport with at least one blank page. Visas are not required for visits lasting less than 90 days. Visit the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco website for the most current visa information.
Is Tangier worth visiting ? If you’re nearby than certainly it’s well worth a visit as it has a distinctly unique feel you won’t find elsewhere in Morocco . However, if you won’t be near the city it may not really be worth the time to reach it .
The ferry crossing from Algeciras to Ceuta is operated by 3 companies, both of which take roughly 1 hour. The prices for the FRS, Trasmediterranea and Balearia sailings are roughly 35 euros for a foot passenger, but you can take a vehicle too.
Strait of Gibraltar
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.