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'''Melilla''', like [[Ceuta]], is a [[Spain|Spanish]] enclave inside [[Morocco]].
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'''Melilla''', like [[Ceuta]], is a [[Spain|Spanish]] enclave inside [[Morocco]]. There are ferry connections with [[Málaga|Malaga]], Motril, and [[Almeria]].
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When arriving at the port, ignore the hustlers offering to change euros for dirham. If you want to explore this strange colonial relic, head right at the first roundabout to the city's central park. To head straight for the border, from the far side of the roundabout you can get a bus there for 85 cents. The ride is 5-10 minutes.
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Follow all the Moroccans who are just walking straight across, but you will most likely be told to go back and get your passport stamped. If you are unlucky enough to reach the border when there is a queue, be prepared to wait an hour or more. You must fill out a card with information about your visit before you get your passport stamped; there are random people standing around who will give you a card and help you fill it out; they will probably expect a tip (or just want to know which pocket you keep your passport and valuables in) so ignore them and jump ahead of the queue and ask at the office for a card.
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From the border, the few miles to the large Moroccan city of Nador are easily hitched. This is where you want to be whether you are heading west or south.
  
There are ferry connections with [[Málaga|Malaga]] and [[Almeria]].
 
  
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Revision as of 02:56, 19 June 2012

Melilla, like Ceuta, is a Spanish enclave inside Morocco. There are ferry connections with Malaga, Motril, and Almeria. When arriving at the port, ignore the hustlers offering to change euros for dirham. If you want to explore this strange colonial relic, head right at the first roundabout to the city's central park. To head straight for the border, from the far side of the roundabout you can get a bus there for 85 cents. The ride is 5-10 minutes. Follow all the Moroccans who are just walking straight across, but you will most likely be told to go back and get your passport stamped. If you are unlucky enough to reach the border when there is a queue, be prepared to wait an hour or more. You must fill out a card with information about your visit before you get your passport stamped; there are random people standing around who will give you a card and help you fill it out; they will probably expect a tip (or just want to know which pocket you keep your passport and valuables in) so ignore them and jump ahead of the queue and ask at the office for a card. From the border, the few miles to the large Moroccan city of Nador are easily hitched. This is where you want to be whether you are heading west or south.