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Sahara

Day 98: Ceuta

Michael Palin - SaharaThere is an alternative to Morocco. Two hundred and sixty miles east of Oran, tucked in at the foot of the mountains at the point where two continents almost meet, is a low-slung town occupying a narrow isthmus between two peaks. Neither part of Morocco nor Algeria, it belongs to one of the less well-known African countries - Spain.

The heavily fortified town of Ceuta has been Spanish sovereign territory since 1580. It's one of two Spanish towns barnacled onto the coast of Morocco, ensuring that the transition from Africa to Europe is not as clean as one might romantically like it to be. It's reachable by a combination of ferries, and I duly find myself spending my last night in the Dark Continent at a Parador hotel drinking Rioja and eating jamón serrano.

Very confusing.
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  • Series: Sahara
  • Day: 98
  • Country/sea: Spain
  • Place: Ceuta
  • Book page no: 251

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