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 The Paradores of Spanish North Africa

Luxurious hotels in historic & cultural buildings in Northern Africa

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Ceuta is an autonomous city of Spain located on the North African side of the Strait of Gibraltar, on the Mediterranean, which separates it from the Spanish mainland. The area of Ceuta is approximately 28 km².  Ceuta is dominated by a hill called Monte Hacho, on which there is a fort used by the Spanish Army. Monte Hacho is one of the possible locations for the southern of the Pillars of Hercules of Greek legend, the other possibility being Jebel Musa.  The city, together with the other autonomous city of Melilla and a number of Mediterranean islands, is claimed by Morocco.
Parador de Ceuta, Ceuta, Spanish North Africa
The Parador occupies a modern building backing on to the ancient Royal Walls, in the Plaza de Nuestra Señora de África, the nerve centre of Ceuta. Its position offers a magnificent panoramic view of the sea, the historical centre of the city and even the coast of the Iberian peninsula. An impregnable fortress for centuries, the vaults of the former Artillery Stores were constructed on the city walls and are now fitted out as suites. The bedrooms look over a garden filled with palm trees, with a well cared-for swimming pool and exceptional views of the sea. Inside, representative elements of numerous civilizations are conserved, with the Arabic influence predominating.
Melilla (Tamelilt in Berber meaning "the white one") is an autonomous Spanish city located on the Mediterranean, on the north coast in North Africa. It was regarded as a part of Málaga province prior to March 14, 1995, when the city's Statute of Autonomy was passed.

Melilla was a free port before Spain joined the European Union. As of 1994 it had a population of 63,670. Its population consists of Christians, Muslims (chiefly Berber), and small minorities of Jews and Hindus. Both Spanish and Tarifit-Berber are widely spoken. Spanish is the official language, while there are many calls to recognize Berber as well.

Parador de Melilla, Melilla - Spanish North Africa
This Parador is located on a hill, from which the walled town and the extensive beaches surrounding it can be seen. Rising up over a small valley in the upper part of the Lobera park, this building, bathed in the North African sun, enjoys a quiet position thanks to its private garden and refreshing swimming pool. Comfortable facilities share elegance and simplicity in the decoration of the bedrooms, with attractive panoramic views from their terraces. The culinary display, with a clear Andalusian inspiration, is rich in shellfish and fish. The 'rape Estopiñán' (anglerfish) and fried vegetable salad with Melilla salted fish stand out.

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