Spaniards can be absurdly patriotic. A North African taxi driver best expressed this notion on our trip to Melilla, one of Spain’s two autonomous cities on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco. Spain preserves Melilla’s independence and isolation with an 11km-long fence that encloses the city and keeps the sabre-rattlers and spear-chuckers from storming the fort, so to speak. Spain is anxious to prevent smuggling and human trafficking from the port of Melilla to the Iberian Peninsula – Moroccans were traditionally the largest immigrant population…
View of the port and the old town
Melilla’s six metre-high, 11km-long border fence
New government delegation building
Down Juan Carlos I to Plaza España
The altar inside the Hindu temple on Castelar
The patriotic façade of the town hall
Councillor Javier Mateo
Ex-soldier Muhammad Nabi
Central synagogue on Ejército Español
A sentry tower along the border fence
Imam at the Mantelete mosque
Modernist façades on Avenida Duquesa de la Victoria
The fort in Melilla’s old town overlooks the entire city
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