Ceuta Sights: A Guide to Ceuta Tourist Attractions
Ceuta has a long and eventful history, first as a Roman coastal base, then briefly as a Byzantine outpost and then, in from the 8th century, falling under the rule of the Moors who used it as a springboard for invasions of Spain. For the next 500 years, the city was fought over by Moroccan Sultans, Portuguese Kings and Spanish princes until it finally came under the firm control of Spain in 1640.
This rich history is ever so present in the cathedrals and museums of the enclave. While visiting key buildings in Ceuta, make sure to read the Ruta Monumenta, information boards written in English and Spanish outside monuments providing excellent historical information.
The remnants of the city walls are arguably Ceuta’s most interesting historical monument. The fortifications were originally built by the Byzantines and later improved on by the Portuguese and Spanish in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Artillery emplacements and cannons are placed at different heights to defend the city against outside attackers.
The city walls have been restored to their former glory, with helpful information boards in English and Spanish. Read the gripping story of famine that took hold of the city after Moulay Ismail unsuccessfully laid a 33 year-long siege to over-take the city in 1694.
In the walls of the old fortification is the Museo de los Murallas Reales, a gallery housing temporary art exhibitions. A beautifully designed space, it’s a place worth visiting if only for its beautiful setting.
The museum is open daily from 8:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 20:00. Admission is free.
The Museo Municipal is the main museum in Ceuta. It has a small collection of artefacts showcasing the peninsula’s archaeological finds from the Stone Age through to the Islamic era. The highlight is the Phoenician and Roman periods, with ceramics and amphorae in display. Note the labels are written in Spanish only.
The Museo Municipal is open Monday – Fridays from 10:00 – 14:00 & 18:00 – 21:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 – 14:00. Admission is free.
Museo de la Legion
The Museo de la Legion is a museum dedicated to the Spanish Foreign Legion, an army unit built in 1920 that played a pivotal role in the Rif War against local Berbers and Franco’s republican army in the Spanish Civil War. Memorabilia include uniforms, weapons and paraphernalia marking campaigns up to the Bosnian War. Guided tours in English are available.
The Museo de la Legion is open Monday to Fridays from 10:00 – 13:00 & 16:00 – 18:00 and Saturdays and Sundays from 16:00 – 18:00. Admission is free.
The Parque Mediterraneao is a modern leisure and entertainment complex on the sea front of Ceuta, opened in 1995. The complex is a great place for families with kids, as there are waterfalls, landscaped pools, bridges and even a manufactured beach. For adult entertainment, there are restaurants, bars, cafés and a casino.
The Parque Mediterraneo is open daily from 11:00 – 20:00 & 21:00 – 01:00. Admission is 6 Euros for adults and 3 Euros for children.