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Ciudad Vieja

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Address: Melilla, Spain
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Beautiful Forts

Amazing place to walk around. Multiple museums explaining the rich history of the Spanish territory. Places to eat, just a wonderful experience for the entire family.

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Sheldon L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Amazing place to walk around. Multiple museums explaining the rich history of the Spanish territory. Places to eat, just a wonderful experience for the entire family.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

If you have the opportunity to visit Melilla, definitely consider visiting the fortressed area called Melilla la Vieja. The views reminded me of walking along the city walls of Dubrovnik.

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Oxford, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Ciudad Vieja translates as old town but it is not really an old town but four forts joined together and the biggest fort I have ever visited. It is quite hilly and lots of steps but you get rewarded with good views. There is a lift up from the torreon de los cabras near the port up to the centro... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This castle forms the majority of the original settlement and houses at least three worthwhile museums. Its ramparts afford views over the entire territory and the whole area is beautifully lit at night.

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Hermanus, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Go here first when you visit Melilla as the old quarter and its various museums set the historical scene of Melilla and it is all free! The ethnographic museum is particularly good with interesting displays and objects from the collection. You can easily spend a morning wandering around this interesting place.

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Western Norway, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Interesting to visit the castle & the "old town". They had a 3 days medival market ongoing in the streets when we visited. Very interesting. We also found a restaurant near the entrance, but we were too early - hours before openiong.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

The old town and fortress is a must visit when in Melilla. It doesn't take to long to walk round and there are a number of museums to stop at and take in the diverse cultural history .. Off season there is less going on but in summer everything far more vibrant. The renovations are good and sympathetic. Just wander... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015 via mobile

It is a fortress neighbour. There are various museums and establishments to see. If you are arround in august there a medieval show is held for three days. It is a must see event. Thare are also at least two beautiful small beaches hidden.

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Rabat, Morocco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

This is a very nice area in Melilla. The blue of the sea contrasts sharply with the light brown of the stone houses and churches to a dramatic effect. There are excellent views to be had at the many open areas of both the landward side with the port and out toward the sea.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

This is one of two Spanish enclaves in North Africa, the other being Ceuta, and is surrounded on its landward side by Morocco, with three security fences preventing access from the latter. There are constant attempts by illegal immigrants to gain access to this Spanish city, and indeed some appear to have succeeded. However it is becoming increasingly popular with... More 

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