Along with Ceuta, Melilla is one of two autonomous Spanish cities on the African coast. Its economy is rooted in cross-border commerce, and its population nearly equally divided between Spanish Christian and Berber Muslim, giving a strongly multicultural atmosphere.
The enclave is tightly fenced and at the forefront of Spain’s efforts to prevent sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees from the Syrian and Libyan conflicts entering the European Union. Melilla is very easy on the traveller, and tourist infrastructure is excellent. While ferry-loads of visitors pour in during summer, in the low season you’ll have plenty of breathing room.
Partner of the Project for Autonomous City of Melilla is the Department of Education, Culture, Events and Equal Opportunities.