Cheap flights to Melilla

Melilla is an autonomous Spanish city located on the north coast of Africa, sharing a border with Morocco with an area of 12.3 square kilometres. Melilla, along with another city called Ceuta, is one of two permanently inhabited Spanish cities in mainland Africa. Both are parts of Malaga until the 14th of March in 1955, when Melilla's Statute of Autonomy was passed. Melilla, like Ceuta, was a free port before Spain joined the European Union. As of 2011, it had a population of 78,746 ethnic Spaniards, Riffian Berbers, and a few Sephardi Jews. While Melilla is under Spain (as one of its cities), it is claimed by Morocco, which considers it “occupied territory”, mainly because of its proximity.

What to see & do

Melilla la Vieja – Located on the Mediterranean, Melilla la Vieja is a prime example of the fortress strongholds that the Portuguese and the Spaniards built along the Moroccan littoral during the 16th and the 17th centuries. Much of it has been painstakingly restored in recent years, reconstructing its former glory and bringing back the 'feel'. The main entrance of the place is called Puerta de la Marina.

Palacio de Asamblea – Melilla's love for architectural styles have transcended to its buildings, with the city's Palacio de Asamblea as one of the more popular examples. The Palacio's art deco style surprises Melilla's wanderers, while the workers here are treated with art every day, everywhere. When visiting, do check out the two rooms on the upper floor: Salon Dorado, which houses the large painting of the arrival of Spaniards in Melilla in 1497, and the Sala de Plenos, where the local congress meets.

Las Cuevas del Conventico – These extensive and well-restored caves were used as a refuge during feuds, popping out at a small beach bellow the cliffs – but today, it stands as one of the more famous destinations in Mellila. The Calle de La Concepcion continues up to the Baroque Iglesia de la Purisima Concepcion and below it the entrance to the caves. All the tunnels and caves lead to the cliff face.

Iglesia de la Concepcion – The Iglesia de la Concepcion is one of the main and iconic churches in Melilla. It is a neo-classical Baroque church built in the 17th century, and has three naves on the inside. It also features Baroque altarpieces over the altars, and is dedicated to the patron of the city, the Virgin of La Victoria. Other features of the church on the interior include the 16th century baptismal font and the figure of Cristo de la Vera Cruz, which dates back to the late 15th century.

How to get around within Melilla

The main mode of transport in Melilla is by car. Melilla is a duty-free zone, so driving won't be a pain. Petrol is cheap, about a third less than the prices in Morocco or Spain – so it is simply perfect. Travellers may also go around via taxi cabs, local buses, and others.

How to get there

Melilla Airport is the sole airport in the city of Melilla, one of the cities in Spain. The airport is located four kilometres southwest of the central business district, just a stone's throw away from Morocco. Airlines that travel to the destination include Air Europa, Iberia, and Melilla Airlines, with flights from Malaga, Almeria, Granada, and Madrid. Seasonally, travellers may also fly to Melilla from Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, and Valencia through this airport.

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