09 – 14 June 2011
Ceuta has been a Spanish enclave since 1640, and because of its strategic location guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, has a long history of various empires warring over it and many invasions over the centuries.
The old city walls have been restored and make for an interesting outing, there are even information signs in English telling the gruesome story of a 33 year siege from 1694 that resulted in an outbreak of the plague and famine, resulting in countless deaths. There is a small museum within the complex that was worth a wander through, I thought it interesting a display of how four different cultures lived here side by side, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jews – what interested me was the photographical depiction of these 4 religions…women in their cultural local dress, but the Christian woman was shown wearing sneakers, jeans and a white shirt – it some how just didn't look quite right alongside the other more colourful religious costumes….but probably quite accurate!
We felt happy leaving Balvenie here a few days, we had neighbours to keep an eye on her, and calm weather was forecast. We were only 2 miles from the Moroccan boarder, so it was out with the Lonely Planet and a short sojourn was planned.