10 Top Things To Do In Ceuta, Morocco

by Fay

Ceuta or Sebta in Arabic is a fascinating city located on the Northern coast of Morocco. It’s one of two Moroccan cities that are still under the Spanish colonialism (the other one is Melilla).

Ceuta has a lot to offer travelers, from its beautiful beaches and rich history to its unique culture and cuisine.

This unique Moroccan city is a great place to visit if you’re looking for an exotic travel destination with a European flair. And there are plenty of things to do in Ceuta.

This guide will show you how to wade through the visa requirements, the best place to stay in the city and most importantly help you make the most of your time there.

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Little bit about Ceuta history

Ceuta’s strategic location has made it a target for various empires throughout history. Ceuta’s long and rich history dates back to the Phoenicians. The city was later occupied by the Romans, the Vandals, and the Byzantines.

Ceuta was then conquered by the Moors in the eighth century and became an important stop on the trade route between Europe and Africa.

Later the city was ceded to Portugal in 1415 but was recaptured by Morocco in 1694. And after the Spanish colonization of Morocco’ the city became of Spains strategic outposts in North Africa and even after Morocco’s independence in 1956 Ceuta remained under Spanish rule.

Map of Ceuta Morocco

Is Ceuta worth visiting?

Definitely! Ceuta is a fascinating city in Morocco with a unique blend of cultures. The city has a large Spanish and Moroccan population, as well as minorities from Sub-Saharan Africa and India.

This cultural diversity is reflected in the food, music, and architecture of Ceuta. Ceuta is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors, with its beaches, parks, and hiking trails.

roayl fortress of ceuta morocco

The city is also home to several important landmarks. The Real Bateria de Santa Maria is an 18th-century fort located on a hill overlooking Ceuta, the Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Victoria is a beautiful baroque church built in the 17th century and of course the 16th century walls that are among the best-preserved city walls in Morocco.

So, now that you know a little bit more about Ceuta, let’s get into the guide!

10 best things to do in Ceuta Morocco

There are plenty of things to see and do in Ceuta, so you’ll never find yourself bored. Here are some of the best things to do in Ceuta Morocco:

Royal Walls of Ceuta (The Murallas Reales)

Probably the most famous attraction in the whole city of Ceuta, The Murallas Reales (Royal Walls of Ceuta) are definitely a must-see. I can think you can avoid them as they are in the heat of the city.

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These 16th-century walls are among the best-preserved city walls in Morocco. The walls stretch for over three kilometers and there are several gates, including the Puerta de Africa, which is the main entrance to Ceuta.

The Murallas Reales are a great place to get a panoramic view of Ceuta. You can also visit the Plaza de Armas fortress, which is located inside the walls. There are also two restaurants

Ceuta Beaches

Ceuta has several beaches that are perfect for a day of relaxation or for enjoying the water sports Ceuta has to offer. Playa de la Ribera is Ceuta’s main beach and it’s a great place to swim, sunbathe, or try your hand at windsurfing. Or Playa del Chorillo is a smaller beach located in Ceuta’s old town.

sunset san amaro beach in ceuta

Playa El Tarajal is another beach that’s popular with Ceuta locals. This beach borders the Morocco so you may get a glimpse of Ceuta’s rightful owner.

Ceuta port (Puerto de Ceuta)

Whenever I travel to coastal cities, I love to walk around the port area. There’s something about the hustle, bustle and the smell of the docks that I find fascinating.

ceuta port city

The Puerto de Ceuta is a great place to watch the ships come in and out of Ceuta. You can also find some great restaurants and cafes with views of the port.

And if you are coming to Ceuta through Spain, the Puerto de Ceuta is where the ferry from Algeciras arrives.

Fort of El Desnarigado in Mount Hacho

The Fortress of El Desnarigado is an 18th-century fort located on southern front of Mount Hacho overlooking the city of Ceuta. The fort was built by the Spanish to protect Ceuta from attacks by the Moors.

ceuta spain military museum fortress

Well placed on a strategic hill location, the Fortress of El Desnarigado offers stunning views of Ceuta and its surroundings. The fort is now a military museum where you can learn about the history of Ceuta and see some interesting exhibits.

Park San Amaro

Natures lovers like me will enjoy a visit to Park San Amaro. This is Ceuta’s largest park and it’s a great place to take a stroll, have a picnic, or just relax in the shade of the trees.

san amaro park ceuta

The park is also home to Ceuta’s botanical gardens, which are definitely worth a visit. The gardens have a large collection of cactus plants, as well as other succulents and desert plants.

House of Dragons (Casa de los Dragones)

The House of Dragons (Casa de los Dragones) is a 16th-century mansion that was once the home of Ceuta’s governor. The house gets its name from the four dragons that stand guard on top of the building.

House of Dragons (Casa de los Dragones) sebta maroc

The original dragons were actually made of bronze but they were removed in the 20th century and got lost (Probably sold in the black market :p) and then in 2006 fiberglass replicas made and put back in their place.

Take a Day Trip to Tangier

Ceuta is a great base for exploring the surrounding area. Tangier city in Morocco which is located just across the Strait of Gibraltar, makes for an excellent day trip.

Be sure to visit Tangier’s medina, which is one of the largest and most well-preserved medieval city centers in Morocco.

Before you leave Ceuta, be sure to check your visa requirement to enter Morocco.

Visit Ceuta’s Museums

Ceuta is home to several museums that are worth checking out. The Museo de la Ciudad de Ceuta is an excellent museum that covers the history of the city from its Phoenician origins to the present day.

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo is Ceuta’s main art museum, and it features a wide variety of contemporary art from Morocco and Spain.

Shop at Ceuta’s Market

Ceuta is known for its markets, which sell everything from spices to leather goods. The Mercado Central is Ceuta’s main market, and it’s where you’ll find the best selection of goods. If you’re looking for souvenirs, head to the Mercado de Artesanía, where you’ll find a wide variety of handmade crafts.

Sample Ceuta’s Cuisine

Ceuta’s cuisine is a mix of Moroccan and Spanish influences. One of the most popular dishes in Ceuta is cocido sebta, a stew made with chickpeas, beef, and vegetables.

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If you’re looking for something sweet, try alfajor de Ceuta, a type of shortbread cookie filled with almond paste.

How to get to Ceuta Morocco from Spain

The fastest way to get to Ceuta Morocco from Europe is through Spain. The Ceuta-Algeciras ferry route is operated by FRS Iberia and the journey takes around 45 minutes.

Ceuta is also accessible by air via the Ceuta Heliport, which has flights to and from Melilla, Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia.

How to get to Ceuta from Morocco

Visiting Ceuta from Morocco is very easy. You just need to go to Fnideq which is the small town bordering Ceuta. If you are in Tangier you can take a taxi or bus to Fnideq and from there you walk or drive (if you have a car) to the borders of Ceuta.

a view of the city of ceuta spain morocco

The process of crossing may take a while depending on how busy the border is. If you are walking, you should not have a problem as long as you are allowed to visit (depending on your nationality). For anyones who needs a Schengen visa to visit Europe will need to apply for one before they go as Ceuta is part of the Schengen area.

princepe nighberhood in ceuta morocco

We never tried it, but I have heard that taking crossing with your car may be a bit of a hassle. Fist because of the long waiting line ad second because of all the requirements a car needs to have in order to be allowed to Ceuta (given the car is registered with a Moroccan license plate)

These requirements may include having a special insurance for Ceuta, so if you are planning on driving to Ceuta it is best to do some research beforehand or ask your rental company if they offer this service.

Best time to visit Ceuta Morocco

city of ceuta sebta spain morocco

The best time to visit Ceuta is from June to September when the weather is warm and sunny. However, Ceuta can be visited year-round as the city has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers.

Where to stay in Ceuta Morocco

Ceuta is a very small city, and most of the accommodation is located in the city center. If you are planning on staying a night or two in Ceuta, we recommend booking a hotel in the city center.

Ulises Hotel

If you want a hotel close to the beach, Ulises hotel is a good one to go for as Ribera Beach is just a few minutes walk only. The four start hotel has a pool, good sized rooms, yummy breakfast and plenty of things to do around.

Hotel Ceuta Puerta de Africa

Also close to Ribera beach, Ceuta Puerta de Africa is a lovely modern hotel to stay in when visiting Ceuta. It enjoys the proximity of many popular attractions in the city including The Mediterranean Marine Nature Reserve and the port.

Parador de Ceuta

Parador de Ceuta boosts amazing views of the Mediterranean, Antísima Iglesia Cathedral and the Town Hall. The four-star hotel is located in a privileged spot in Ceuta, attached to Ceuta’s old Royal Walls. If you are staying in this hotel you can literally walk straight to your booked room from the ferry terminal.

Hostal Plaza Ruiz

On the budget friendly side, Hostal Plaza Ruiz is a great option. Situated in Ceuta’s city center near the museum. The staff are super helpful and the value for money is excellent.

What to wear in Ceuta Morocco

Ceuta is a Spanish city, so the dress code is relatively casual like many other European cities.

What to eat in Ceuta Morocco

Ceuta’s cuisine is a mix of Spanish, Moroccan, and African influences. Seafood is a staple of Ceuta’s cuisine due to the city’s location on the coast. Popular Ceuta seafood dishes to try include fried fish, and paella.

Ceuta Quick FAQs

  1. Is Ceuta a Moroccan or Spanish city: Ceuta is an occupied Moroccan city by Spain. So, Legally Ceuta is a Spanish city.
  2. What currency is used in Ceuta: Ceuta’s currency is Euro
  3. Do you need an EU Visa to enter Ceuta: If you are allowed to enter Europe visa free then you don’t need a visa to Enter Ceuta.
  4. Do Moroccans need a visa to enter Ceuta: Yes, Moroccans need a Schengen visa to enter Ceuta.
  5. Can I enter Ceuta from Morocco: Yes, you can enter Ceuta from Morocco if you meet the visa requirements.

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