Information about the itinerary:
Day 1. Departure from our terminal to the Port of Almeria. Administrative procedures to check-in and board the ferry to cross the Sea of Alboran to North Africa. Arrival in Melilla, transfer to the hotel and accommodation.
Day 2. Breakfast at the hotel. Accompanied by a local guide, we'll make a comprehensive visit of Melilla including the fortified area and modern areas. Afternoon free at your disposal. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Day 3. After breakfast we cross the border to enter Moroccan territory. We will visit Alhucemas and the Penon de Velez. Return to Melilla and transfer to the port to take the night ferry back to Spain. Night on board.
Day 4. Arrival at the Port of Almeria, we’ll take the bus to return to the departure point. End of services.
Included in our prices:
- Transportation by bus with air-conditioning, video, reclining seats etc.
- 2 nights in 4-star hotels based on half board (breakfast and dinner)
- English speaking tour guide
- Visits with local guides
* Pepe Tours reserves the right to change the itinerary and the order of the excursions for organizational reasons.
Information about destination:
One city combines all the mystery of Africa with the history of Spain. It’s a small but great city which is a window through which we can see two continents. We are of course referring to Melilla, for more than 500 years a Spanish enclave on the Mediterranean coast in Northern Africa. It’s a place where travellers who enjoy discovering the unknown will find an exotic holiday full of open-air cultural activities.
From the charm of the ancient walls of its citadel, to the explosion of colours of its modern architecture, Melilla, which has more than 900 Modernist and ‘Art-Deco’ buildings, offers its visitors an immense amount of reasons to walk through its streets. The proximity of the sea and the tastes of four cultures can be observed in an exquisite gastronomy and in a variety of customs and artistic expressions.
Melilla ‘la Vieja’ or ‘The Village’ as the people of Melilla call this district (also known by many as the Citadel) contains the old fortress. Construction started in the 15th century on the rock that served as a settlement for the old Rusadir of the Phoenicians and the Romans. It was destroyed a couple of times and then reconstructed as a result of the invasions of Vandals and Arabs, or the internal battles of the Berbers.
The old fortress consists of four parts, separated by a trench. The first three run into the sea, the fourth is on the continent. It’s worth mentioning that the Fortresses of Rosario and Victoras are located here and this is where the shots from the cannon ‘El Caminante’ determined Melilla’s boundaries. Our visit starts with the fourth part of the fortress which is the most modern and we work our way back through time in chronological order to arrive at the oldest, the first part.
The modern city of Melilla has a particular charm. As we leave the 19th century city behind us, our walk begins at the beautiful ‘Plaza de España’ square with the Palace of the ‘Asamblea’ built by Nieto in Art-Deco style. The ‘Plaza de España’ possesses a certain magnetism as it’s at the centre of Melilla. Walking around the square we arrive at the Casino Militar and the Banco de España, two buildings which are symbolic of the city. It’s interesting to continue the walk through the street of the Reina Victoria (at present Heroes de España) district, known as the ‘Golden Triangle’.