Ceuta the Spanish enclave in North Africa. 

 

To our experiences and travels whilst on National Service in Gibraltar.

 If we had a weekend free we could also go over to" Ceuta"

on the drive on drive of Transbordador ferry "Virgen de Africa" 

from Algeceiras.

Cars were already aboard and a number of Spanish Officers can be seen waiting to board the ferry.

 

Arrival in Ceuta the Virgen de Africa can be seen at the end of the quay

 

Ceuta 1953 with Mosque in foreground

 

 

Plaza Des Toros at Ceuta,

 You can see the ticket openings for purchasing tickets if you wish to sit in the

 Sun (Sol) or Shade (Sombre)

 Ceuta is a Spanish enclave in North Africa located on the northern tip of  Morocco on the Mediterranean coast, practically opposite Gibraltar, it is known in Arabic as (Sebta)

 It is administered by the Cádiz Province of Spain.

 It is one of two remaining fragments of long time Spanish presence in North Africa.

The business structure for Ceuta which is home to one of Spain's largest military bases, (a number of officers can be seen in the picture waiting to board the ferry to return to Ceuta) is tax free trade, fuel supplies to passing ships, small scale industries, fishing (mainly sardines and anchovies), as well as different forms of smuggling which has been going on for many years.

Inhabitants of Ceuta - Moroccans

Ceuta is occupied by mainly Moroccan people speaking Arabic and Spanish, whilst over centuries with many people coming over to Ceuta from Gibraltar many can speak a little English.

It has also been a smuggling area over many years, to avoid border controls men swim along the coast line late at night towing their possessions or contraband with them, many lose their life doing so and are ultimately washed on the shore. 

Our girl friends who came over with us for the weekend took us to a very sparsely lit basement of Ceuta's Legion Museum, there was an older legionnaire type who followed us around, we looked at various relics and a velvet-lined case displaying a sword that was believed to be owned by Spain's 20th-century dictator, Generalisimo Francisco  Franco also other various items, like soldiers helmets and bloodstained Spanish flags.  They also took us to a restaurant cellar where hot tapas like boquerones (small fried fish) were served, also cheese and ham tapas, grilled prawns.  Flamenco dancing and guitars were being played and went on until the early hours of the morning in this place, everyone seemed to be consuming plenty of drinks by the joviality.

 

There is a superb view across the straights from the Fort below.

Fortin-Desnarigado--Ceuta

Overlooking the Straights.

 

Visit to MEKNES, North Africa.