"A little bit of Spain in Northern Africa" Melilla by Ilya_Andriy

Melilla Travel Guide: 62 reviews and 116 photos


For centuries the city of Melilla has been an outpost of Spain because of its strategic location on the peninsula of Tres Forcas on Africa's Mediterranean coast. In ancient times the city was occupied by Phoenicians and Carthaginians before it was integrated into the Roman Empire in the first century. When the Moors conquered Spain, Melilla became part of the Caliphate of Cordoba and later reverted to the kingdom of Fes. Melilla declined in the Middle Ages, becoming a refuge for pirates, until it was conquered by the Catholic Kings at the end of the fifteenth century, and it has remained Spanish since then (1497). Subsequent monarchs repopulated and fortified the city, and in the eighteenth century Melilla was further secured by numerous fortresses that still ring the city.

Melilla is one of the two spanish cities (the other one is Ceuta) in northern africa.

  • Last visit to Melilla: Dec 2002
  • Intro Updated Oct 7, 2003
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  • Apr 18, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Pine forests in Africa!?!?!?... Oh for all the learning with VT!! Cheers, Marina ;-)

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    Oct 5, 2004 at 8:42 PM

    Very good page with both practical and historical data. Geat photos too ! Thank you for sharing !

  • Sep 12, 2003 at 3:22 AM

    fantastic place, now we can share a lot of info about Melilla.did you go to nador? regards

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    Aug 20, 2003 at 12:00 AM

    I was always wondering how people live in the places like that. This is excellent page. Thank You.

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    Aug 19, 2003 at 1:36 AM

    Great page with much information, especially of the buildings and architecture. I like that!

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2003 at 12:45 PM

    Very interesting! I did not know Spain still had land in Africa! Great page, good tips!


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