Silversea Luxury Cruises A Ceuta

For hundreds of years, Spain has controlled the North African enclave of Ceuta. Moroccan independence in 1956 brought no change, as Spain claims a historical right to the area. Ceuta has a population of approximately 75,000, many of whom are Muslims of Berber descent. During its long history, Ceuta has been controlled by the Romans, Byzantines, Moroccans, and Portuguese, and since the 14th century by Spain. The city-enclave is situated on a peninsula jutting out into the Mediterranean. View more

Most of the hotels, restaurants and main buildings are gathered around the tree-filled, circular Place Mohammed V. Downtown Ceuta is just a couple of blocks from the port and the border crossing into Morocco is a mere two miles away. Ceuta also offers a good starting point for trips into the Rif Mountains and two of the area’s historic towns - Tetouan and Chefchaouen.Tetouan was formerly the capital of the Spanish protectorate and is unique for its blend of Andalusian-Moroccan architecture. Its whitewashed medina (old town) offers plenty of local color and is well worth a visit. Chefchaouen, high in the Rif Mountains, is a favorite with travelers for its relaxed atmosphere and fresh mountain air. Its steep medina is one of Morocco’s best, with many buildings dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Please Note: Guests need to be aware of persistent shopping tactics by both vendors and some guides. As in many parts of the world, it is a practice that is difficult to combat. Guests are advised to leave jewelry and excess cash in their in-suite safe on board the ship. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to dock at Muelle de España. The town center is a couple of blocks from the port. Taxis for trips farther afield are generally available at the pier. We recommend establishing the fare with the driver before leaving the port area. Shopping As a Free Port, best buys are jewlery, spirits & electronics. Normal shopping hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In Tetouan and Chefchaouen more traditional Moroccan items can be found. The local currency in Ceuta is the euro; in Morocco it is the dirham (some local vendors may accept dollars and euros). Cuisine Spanish and Moroccan dishes are available at numerous small cafés around town, as well as in the ubiquitous “tapas” bars. All can be accompanied by a glass of good Spanish wine. Other Sites Castillo del Desnarigado Situated on the southeastern end of the peninsula, the Castillo del Desnarigado was built as a coastal battery in the 19th century. However there are remains of earlier Spanish and Portuguese fortifications. Museo de la Legión Dedicated and run by the military unit, which was set up as Spain’s answer to the French Foreign Legion, the museum is full of memorabilia of various commanders and General Franco. Private arrangements for independent sightseeing are not available in this port. Please Note: To enter Morocco guests must carry a passport and complete the necessary forms at the boarder crossing.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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