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Cheap flights to Melilla

It’s not every day you go to North Africa to visit a Spanish exclave, which is precisely where Melilla is, on the Moroccan side of the Mediterranean. It is located on the north coast of Africa and has an area of 12.3km2 (4.7mi2). It is one of two permanently inhabited Spanish cities in mainland Africa, along with Ceuta. Melilla ceased to be a part of Málaga province when the city’s Statute of Autonomy was passed on March 14, 1995. It also used to be a free port before Spain joined the European Union.

Melilla is home to a spectacular architecture, Modernist buildings, a well-preserved medieval fortress, fascinating museums, almost 50 tapas bars, and a rich history to boot. It’s also worthy to note that its tourist infrastructure is excellent. Melilla shares a lot in common with Ceuta: stable economies, multicultural societies, and strong military presence.

What to see & do

Check out Melilla la Vieja, which sits on top of the Mediterranean and is the best example of the fortress strongholds that the Portuguese and the Spaniards built during the 16th and 17th centuries. You can enter via Puerta de la Marina on your way up to the summit, with small museums along the way. There’s also Palacio de Asamblea, an art-deco establishment which functions as an operating town hall. Go upstairs and see Salon Dorado, where you’ll see a large painting of the arrival of Spaniards in Melilla in 1497, and the Sala de Plenos, where local congress meets. See the extensive and well-restored caves of Las Cuevas del Conventico, which used to be a refuge site. Continue walking until you reach the baroque Iglesia de la Purísima Concepción and the entrance to Las Cuevas del Conventico just below it. You can watch a short film and take part on a guided tour (in Spanish), which tells the history of the caves and tunnels leading to the cliff face. Stroll along Plaza de España, where much of the city's heritage is found. See the facade of Nieto’s Casino Militar, which still depicts a republican coat of arms. There’s a fountain at the centre where you can rest for a bit and just look at the art deco military monument and the new courthouse, which looks like a flying saucer that landed on a roof.

How to get around within Melilla

With a land area of 12.3km2 (4.7mi2), you can easily navigate around Melilla on foot. If you’re not up for walking, you can rent a car, either from Melicar Alquiler de Coches S.L. or Rent a Car Melilla S.L.

How to get there

The city is currently served by Melilla Airport, which is located 4km (2.5mi) southwest of Melilla. Regional carriers such as Air Europa, Air Nostrum-operated Iberia, and Melilla Airlines connect Spain to the north, with destinations including Málaga, Almería, Granada, Madrid, as well as seasonal flights to Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, and Valencia. Other ways of getting in are by car, via the highly secured Moroccan territory; by boat via ferry services run by Acciona Trasmediterránea from Malaga, Almeria, and Motril; or by train via Moroccan train operator ONCF, which has three trains that run daily between Taourirt and the Beni-Nsar Port train station.

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