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  • Day202

    Cueta (Spanish enclave)

    November 3, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    OK so we decided that when we left Gibraltar we really should a bit of culture before hitting the Costa del Sol so we tried to contact the marinas in Cueta and Smir, just south of Cueta in Morocco proper. Sadly they weren't answering phones or email. We decided to try Cueta first as it was actually Spanish and then if we could reach them go to Smir. The Straits crossing started out OK nice and smooth, but then the water got confused pushing and pulling in various directions then we arrived at the .... and had to start zigzagging to avoid the huge cargo ships and tankers and as if that wasn't fun enough the swell was coming broadside, hilarious. We were also advised, well not us specifically, to be on the look out for an inflatable of the coast of morocco containing about 55 people. Didn't see them. But alls well that ends well and we made it to Cueta, and were assisted to our 'stern to' mooring. I had hoped that there would be a Moroccan feel to the place but not really, a lot of the workers obviously came across the border every day and there were a lot of statues and some lovely buildings but it didn't feel foreign. We did how ever find a Guernsey registered boat.!! We still couldn't reach Smir Marina and the staff at Cueta were unable to help so that coupled with a forecast that said we either left tomorrow or not for a couple of days as wind picking up, as well as charges of almost 40E a night meant we decided to head back across the Straits the next day. A very similar crossing except we were to look for a fibreglass boat with 10 people onboard and also had to avoid the live rounds that HMS Simtar would be firing towards the East of Europa point! It was a relief to arrive off the Costa del Sol we chose La Duquesa as supposed to be a smaller marina in a less developed area and a little cheaper. It was all of these things and they gave us a bottle of wine which John described as OK. Will try to add photos when internet link stronger.Read more

    Jessica Lund

    Wow interesting journey! I just watched a documentary on the refugee crisis from a refugee’s view point. One of the guys joined a bigger group to storm the fences that separated Cueta from Morocco. He ended up with a three month jail sentence for his trouble, but is so determined Europe offers a safer place to be that he and others will keep trying.

    Claire Hardy

    I remember walking past you in Duquesa thinking where do I recognise you from lol 🤣 Then remembering we met a few days earlier in Gibralter!!!

  • Day5


    October 27, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    und dann sind wir auch schon da, im Hafen von Ceuta.
    Wir beziehen unseren Tanzsaal im Parador von Ceuta, direkt an der Plaza de Africa gelegen, und genießen zunächst erstmal die Aussicht auf die Plaza und den (jetzt klarer zu sehenden) Felsen von Gibraltar.
    Die Plaza de Africa ist der zentrale Platz der Stadt. Die Kathedrale von Ceuta liegt hier ebenso wie die Kirche Nuestra senora de la Africa.
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  • Day5

    Festung Ceuta

    October 27, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Danach bummeln wir fast alleine durch die Festungsanlagen. Touristen sind in Ceuta nicht sonderlich viele unterwegs.
    Es dämmert bereits, als wir uns am Meer entlang auf den Rückweg zur Plaza de Africa und zu unserem Parador machen.Read more

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