Spain’s Beachhead in North Africa: Top Reasons To Visit Melilla

Town squares like this count heavily towards the top reasons to visit Melilla

If you never thought of Africa as a beautiful holiday destination, then here are the top reasons to visit Melilla to prove you wrong. Melilla is the chief town of a little Spanish commune in the eastern part of Morocco’s Mediterranean coastal region and it is a welcoming and stress-free spot. The town is great for a whole day visit for its fine tapas bars, its tax-free shopping, and for its contemporary and decorative architecture.

Melilla has so much in store for you, that it won’t be hard to find things to entertain you the entire day. If you head to the south, Avenida General Astilleros will bring you through a laid back community with a historical army camp to its left side. The primary beach region lies just at the rear of the infrastructure on your right.

After crossing the bridge over the Rio de Oro, a huge contemporary mirrored-glass edifice was constructed to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the unearthing of the Americas, therefore spoiling the view of the Medina Sidonia at the back. Plaza de España is home to the chief shopping boulevard in Melilla, the Ejercito Español and Juan Carlos Rey.

Even up to date, the plaza was considered as that of an architectural display and is still home to the Banco de España, the town hall structure and the ferry workplace. Don’t forget to visit Parador de Melilla for incredible view of the city’s amazing skyline. Underneath it is the Parque Lobera, which has a sheltered area and has slides for kids to enjoy.

Medina Sidonia is a perfect embodiment of complex and intricate 16th century fortresses and is currently a more tranquil area where palm trees flourish, perfectly complimenting stony buildings decorated with mustard-hued traditional designing. Medina was chosen by the Spaniards as one of the strategic stronghold regions in the north Moroccan coastal area to build a sophisticated fortress to control the region.

The primary access to the chief fortress is underneath the wall at the edge of Avenida General Macias. You can even stroll through the constricted road and discover sights across the Mediterranean, the town museums and the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Cuevas del Conventico is also one of the top reasons to visit Melilla. It is a compound of caverns which played an important part in the cordon of Melilla in 1774. Expanded by the residents of the town, the caverns comprised of areas for prayer, sleeping sections and furnaces. Ruined by earthquakes at the last part of the 20th century, the caverns have been restored and were even constructed with a twisting trail that leads to the beach, underneath the crags. The tours though are educational but are in Spanish only.

If you’re looking for beaches, Melilla has them too. Most of the town’s beaches are situated within the city and contains amenities such as showers, ice-cream huts and stands for loungers. Its famous beaches include Playa ade los Carabos, Playa de la Hipica and Playa San Lorenzo.

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