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Facilities

  • Single rooms (6)
  • Twin rooms (67)
  • Double rooms (4)
  • Room with living room (29)
  • Capacity (206)
  • Conference room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Canal plus
  • Satellite
  • Deposit box
  • Ambiance music
  • Minibar
  • Lift
  • Parking
  • Credit cards
  • Currency exchange
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport (100km)
  • Station (40km)
  • Port (2km)

 Parador de Ceuta (North Africa) - Modern hotel with Arabic influences (4*)

The Parador

The Parador de Ceuta backs onto the ancient Royal Walls of Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on the coast of North Africa, bordered by Morocco and looking out across the Strait of Gibraltar. Ceuta itself is an ancient port, and through its history has been occupied by Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Byzantines, Berbers, Arabs, Portuguese and Spaniards. This long history pervades the Parador: although the structure is contemporary, there are many Andalusian and Moorish touches, and some of the rooms are located in the vaults of what were once artillery stores.

The property is arranged around a palm tree-lined swimming pool, with views out to the Mediterranean Sea and across to the Spanish mainland. Public areas are open and air-conditioned, providing cool respite from the tropical North African climate, with palatial elements such as water features and statues dispersed amongst seating areas.

Bedrooms are stylishly decorated with Arabic touches. Many benefit from views over the palm-tree filled gardens, and balconies overlooking the relaxing pool area invite guests to soak up the sun whilst surrounded by a tropical environment.

The Parador de Ceuta’s restaurant offers a mixture of Andalusian and Arabic cuisine, with such dishes as locally caught fish, beef marinated in spices, and Pollo a la Africana (chicken cooked with onion and nuts).

This Parador’s North African location is ideal for a sunny escape during winter months.

Local Area

This ancient city, dating back over 2,500 years, is one of Spain’s two North African enclaves (along with Melilla). Sharing borders with Morocco, it is an ideal location for those wanting a European base whilst exploring the colourful surrounding North African cities and towns. Ceuta itself is very much a typical Andalusian town, with very few North African remnants; however the Arabic influence can be seen in the area’s cuisine, blending Spanish and Moorish flavours to create a diverse range of dishes to please every palate.

Ceuta’s proximity to Andalusia makes this an excellent alternative stop for those touring the region.  An exciting way to reach the city is via helicopter as Ceuta is only a 10 minute helicopter ride from the town of Algeciras in Cádiz, or a 30 minute ride from Málaga.

The city’s coastal location benefits from spectacular views across the Atlantic and over to mainland Spain. The Monte Hancho fortress, an ancient military fortress situated on a hill above the city and which today houses a museum dedicated to Ceuta’s military history, boasts some of the most impressive panoramic views over the harbour and Ceuta Bay.   Ceuta continues to celebrate this rich history as a defensive border town, and features such as the Murallas Reales, medieval fortified walls surrounding the city which were impenetrable for centuries, are still standing, serving as a reminder of the city’s important military history.

One of Ceuta’s most spectacular attractions is the beautiful 18th century twin-towered cathedral built on the site of the old Great Mosque. The lemon-coloured structure is neo-classical in style and features a large door-frame made entirely of black marble. The interiors are decorated with imagery from the New Testament and a stunning Baroque altarpiece takes pride of place in the Santísimo chapel. It is situated at the heart of the city in the central Plaza de Nuestra Señora de África, which is also the site of the town hall, a memorial statue to those who died in the African War (1859-60), the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Africa, and the head office of Ceuta’s military personnel. All of this making for a very prestigious and fascinating part of the town to visit.

The new Mediterranean Maritime Park is situated in the Ceuta Bay and is composed of a number of tropical gardens, waterfalls, and artificial lakes all surrounded by palm trees, providing a peaceful environment where guests can relax amidst an oasis of water and greenery.

Ceuta has a strong bond with the sea, and water activities, such as kayaking and whale and dolphin watching are popular amongst visitors. However scuba diving is the most popular water sport in the area with exceptional marine depths providing fantastic diving opportunities.

Click here for Lorna Roberts' expert view on this Parador as she journeys through Andalucia.

Parador's 'Gastrobar' concept
Extensive lunch and dinner menus are served in the new 'Gastrobar', which offers a range of meal options from light snacks to 3 course dinners in an informal but well serviced environment. We hope you enjoy this new experience.

Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 and dinner from 21:00 to 23.30.

It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.

The restaurant offers a mixture of Andalusian and Arabic cuisine, with such dishes as locally caught fish, beef marinated in spices, and "Pollo a la Africana" (chicken cooked with onion and nuts).

Swimming Pool

The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are from the 02 June until the 30 September 2019.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.

How to get there

The Parador is located in the centre of the city in the Plaza de Nuestra Señora de África. This monumental space has the Santísima Cathedral Church to the right, the Municipal Palace opposite, and the Nuestra Señora de África sanctuary and the Commander's Headquarters to the left. Ferry services cross from Tarifa and Algeciras to Ceuta.

Nearby Hotels

Ronda - 89km
Malaga Golf - 116km
Malaga Gibralfaro - 122km
Cadiz - 123km
Malaga Airport - 120km

Region & Cuisine

North African Territories

There are two Spanish enclaves in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, which are bordered by Morocco. Each enclave has a population of between 75,000 – 85,000 with a mixture of cultures represented including Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. The cities have experienced changing cultures for many centuries from Phoenicians and Greeks to Romans and Arabs before finally falling into the hands of the Kingdom of Castile, with each passing population leaving their mark. 

The coastal nature of the enclaves means visitors can enjoy excellent sandy beaches, their coastal locations have also been strategic trading and defensive posts and as you explore both Ceuta and Melilla you will find remnants of their military pasts in the numerous fortresses and balustrades around the cities.

Ceuta overlooks the Strait of Gibraltar and, with frequent ferry lines to and from Algeciras, you can reach the enclave in just one hour from Spain. The port was one of the most important trading routes used by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans. The enclave fell under the Crown of Castile in the 17th century after Muslim rule and was a key military point in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as in the more recent Spanish Civil War, you will find an Army Museum dedicated to the Spanish Legion detailing the unit’s efforts throughout the 20th century. Today the enclave is a popular thoroughfare for those travelling to Morocco who can admire the ancient Royal Walls and the Mediterranean Maritime Park, designed by artist Cesar Manrique, which blends natural features such as waterfalls, sea water and rock formations with the city’s buildings. The coastline is popular with water-sports enthusiasts with kayaking and turtle, dolphin and whale watching all possible from Ceuta’s beaches; it is particularly popular for scuba divers wishing to witness where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. Ceuta’s Parador is situated next to the ancient Royal Walls and overlooks the San Felipe Trench.

Melilla was founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century and was an important trading port due to its proximity to the Spanish coast. It finally came under Spanish rule in the late 15th century after many years of Arab rule and became an important military establishment, as evidenced by the fortresses, citadels and balustrades that can be found around Melilla. The historic ‘El Pueblo’ is the oldest part of the fortified city made up of four fortresses connected by drawbridges, and surrounded by other historic treasures such as the Citadel, the Hornabeque ditch and a walled enclosure. Melilla’s Parador can be found close to the Victoria Fort which forms part of the ancient Citadel. Contrasting with these historic military monuments is Melilla’s modernist centre, home to Melilla’s Plaza de España and the city’s commercial centre; it is here you can find testament to the diverse cultures that occupy Melilla with buildings such as the Sagrado Corazon de Jesus church, the Central Mosque, the Hindu Oratory and the Or Zaruah Synagogue.

The nature of the location means Ceuta and Melilla’s cuisine is influenced by both Spanish (particularly Andalusian) and Moroccan styles. Fresh fish and seafood from the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, such as red mullet and sword fish, feature heavily in the local diet in stews and also marinated and fried dishes. Tapas often contain aromatic flavourings of North African dishes using typical spices and dried fruits. Meat dishes are often flavoured with Moroccan spices and local specialities include pinchos morunos (spiced meats served on skewers) and harira, a soup made with meat, chickpeas, lentils and plenty of Moroccan seasoning. Typical sweets include fritters, sweet couscous, filled pies and stuffed dates.

Please be aware of the following:

  • 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
  • Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions. 

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