The arrival in Ceuta is fascinating, with mountains at both sides of the city, ancient fortresses, walls and panoramic views.
Ceuta port has 2 cruise terminals: the Espana Pier and the Pier de Penitent, with tourist information and taxis. The terminal of the Espana Pier is 100 meters from the center of town.
Printable map to take along on your cruise.
Cruise calendar for this port.
Watch a destination video.
Ceuta is an Spanish enclave in mainland Morocco, covering an area of 19,7 km². It is administered by the Cádiz Province. It is one of two remaining fragments of long established Spanish presence in North Africa.
Once a popular destination for the Portuguese (and other) to take advantage of duty-free, with the integration in the European Union, Ceuta has lost much of its charm. But it is still interesting the mix of an European people and organization with their neighbors from Morocco. The historic signs of colonization provide an interesting tour and, if you search for strong sensations, just cross the border to Morocco.
The medina is filled with beautifully white-washed and tiled buildings. It may be wise to employ an official guide from the tourist office to lead you through the medina. The tourist office is at 30 Rue Mohammed V.
Tetouan is 30 min (40 km) from Ceuta and Tanger 1 hour.
Tétouan was of particular importance in the Islamic period, from the 8th century onwards, since it served as the main point of contact between Morocco and Andalusia. After the Reconquest, the town was rebuilt by Andalusian refugees who had been expelled by the Spanish. This is well illustrated by its art and architecture, which reveal clear Andalusian influence. Although one of the smallest of the Moroccan medinas, Tétouan is unquestionably the most complete and it has been largely untouched by subsequent outside influences.
Ceuta is a duty-free port and an important commercial center, with modern shops where articles of the most varied origins can be acquired: electronic equipment, photography, jewelry, local crafts, etc...
Basic hours for most stores and businesses are from 9am to 6pm, with an extended lunch hour from around noon to 2pm.
Many museums are closed on monday.
Carnival - the five days leading up to Ash Wednesday
April 21 - Remembrance of Tiradentes
May 1 - Labour Day
September 7 - Independence Day
October 12 - Nossa Senhora Aparecida
November 2 - Dia dos Finados (the Day of the Dead)
November 15 - Proclamation of the Republic
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