Things to do in Ceuta Cruise Port


Ceuta is a Spanish enclave located on the north coast of Africa, known for its mix differnt cultures including Spanish, Moroccan and Portuguese cultures. Ceuta is a popular stop on Mediterranean and transatlantic cruise itineraries, and several major cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, MSC, and Norwegian Cruise Line visit the port regularly. It’s a really easy port to visit and requires no taxis unless you want to go up the mountain. There are plenty of things you can do in Ceuta cruise port and you can walk around the city in just a few hours. 

If your cruise itinerary is in the Mediterranean you will often go to Ceuta on itineraries which cover the ports of Spain such as Cartagena or Barcelona. You may also go to south of france and ports such as Lisbon Portugal and even Naples Italy. If you are doing a North Africa cruise or a Tangier Med cruise you will also often stop here. Meaning you will see a variety of different cultures.

Ceuta is often misspelt as Cueta and is pronounced “Soo Tah”

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Everthing you need to know about your cruise docking in Ceuta Spain and the best things to do in Ceuta Cruise Port

Can you walk from the cruise port into Ceuta?

Yes you can walk in to the city centre from. The port of Ceuta it takes just 5 minutes. As you walk out of the port the city’s old Royal walls will be facing you. Ceuta is such a pretty city! It is also so easy to walk off the ship and be at the cities Royal walls in minutes.

As you step off of the ship there is a small booth giving people maps and a very handy guide! You can discover Ceuta in just a few hours or spend more time at your leisure. You can walk around and see all of the statues and churches really easily following the map. There are plenty of shops too!

Everthing you need to know about Ceuta cruise port

Where do cruise ships dock in Ceuta cruise port ?

Cruise ships that visit Ceuta, Spain usually dock at the Port of Ceuta the port has two cruise terminals: 

  • España Dock – only 100 metres from the town centre.
  • Poniente Dock

These are located in the heart of the city. The port is a busy commercial and passenger port, serving both ferry and cruise ship traffic.

Cruise ships will dock at one of the piers in the port, which are equipped with facilities such as mooring bollards, gangways, and loading equipment. From the port, passengers can easily access the city center and its many attractions, including the Royal Walls, the Cathedral of St Mary, and the Parque Marítimo del Mediterráneo.

Street in Ceuta Spain Cruise port

Other ways of getting to Ceuta Spain

Here are a few ways of getting to Ceuta if you are not coming in my cruise ship. You can fly to a nearby airport and then get a ferry crossing 

  1. By Air: The nearest airport to Ceuta is Gibraltar (GIB) which is a UK British Overseas Territory and headland, on Spain’s south coast. You can get a ferry from Gibraltar for around 38 euros and it takes around 1hr to get to Ceuta Spain. You can also fly in to the south of Spain such as Malaga airport and make your way to Algeciras port for a direct ferry to Ceuta port. You can also fly into Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport (TNG) in Morocco, which is approximately 40 kilometers away from Ceuta. From the airport, you can take a taxi or bus Ceuta. There is no direct ferry from Tangier to Ceuta.
  2. By Sea: Ceuta has a port that is connected the Spanish port of Algeciras. So if you are in Seville, Malaga, or Almeria you can easily get to Ceuta. To get to Ceuta from Malaga you can take the bus to Marbella and then the bus to Algeciras. The ferry service is in the port of Algeciras is at Port of Algeciras. Port of Algeciras, Maritime Station, Premises F4 and F23, 11207 Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain. From here you take the car ferry route to Ceuta port in approximately 1h 15 minutes. 
  3. By Land: It is possible to reach Ceuta by road from other parts of Morocco such as tangier port. The main border crossing is at Fnideq, about 30 kilometers east of Ceuta. However, please note that this border crossing can be busy and may involve long waiting times.

Places of interest to visit in Ceuta Spain cruise port 

Things to do in Ceuta cruise port

Walk the Royal Walls of Ceuta 

The Royal Walls of Ceuta, also known as Murallas Reales de Ceuta in Spanish, are a series of fortifications located in the Spanish city of Ceuta, which is an autonomous city on the north coast of Africa. The walls date to 962 in its oldest part and the most modern parts to the 18th century. They were built by the Spanish to defend the city against attacks from various enemies, including the Portuguese, the Moroccans, and the Ottomans.

The walls consist of several bastions, towers, and gates, and they stretch for approximately 7 kilometers around the city. Parts of the walls are open to the public and walking along the walls provides panoramic views of the city and the surrounding coastline. Some of the notable landmarks that can be seen from the walls include the Mediterranean Sea, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the Jebel Musa mountain in Morocco.

Ceuta Royal Walls
Ceuta Royal City Walls

Walk along the harbour

The harbor is a great place to take a walk and enjoy the sea views. You can also visit the lighthouse and the naval museum. It is just a few minutes walk from the cruise port on the other side.

Ceuta Spain beach promenade
Ceuta Spain Beach Promenade

Visit the Cathedral of St Mary

This cathedral of St Mary was built in the 16th century and is the largest church in Ceuta. It features a blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles.

Ceuta Spain Cathedral St Mary’s of the Assumption
Ceuta Spain Cathedral St Mary’s of the Assumption

Visit the Museo de la Ciudad

This museum tells the history of Ceuta and showcases its cultural heritage. It also features exhibits on the city’s wildlife and marine life.

Visit the Food Market in Ceuta Mercado Central

Mercado Central Is a large indoor shopping market selling fresh fish and other food produce. Great for any foodie lovers or if you are staying in an Air bno close by.

Ceuta Mercado Central
Ceuta Mercado Central

Take a day trip to Mount Hacho

Mount Hacho is a mountain overlooking Ceuta, and offers great views of the city and the surrounding area. You can hike to the summit or take a cable car.

Wander through the center of Ceuta (from Plaza de Africa to Plaza de los Reyes)

Visit the Plaza de Africa, this is the main square in Ceuta and features a statue of General Franco. This is all part of the old town you’ll find narrow streets, shops, and cafes. It’s also a great place to grab a bite to eat or do some shopping. You can then walk up to Plaza de los Reyes whilst perusing the various shops and statues on the way

Ceuta Spain Plaza woman feeding pigeons
Ceuta Spain Plaza woman feeding pigeons

Take a photo of the house of Dragons

The Casa de los Dragones (House of Dragons) is a beautiful building in central Ceuta. The building is located in the plaza. It is a Striking building built in 1905 by renowned architect José María Pérez. The top of the roof is adorned with huge bronze dragons.

CasA de los dragones a building from 1905 by renowned architect José María Pérez, with bronze dragons
Casa de los Dragones Ceuta

Explore the Parque Marítimo del Mediterráneo

This park is located on the coast and is a great place to relax and enjoy the beach. It also features a large swimming pool, a wave pool, and water slides.

Visit the Municipal Museum Of the Ravelin

This Museum of Ceuta also known as Museum of the Ravelin and is set in a beautiful neo-Classical building dating from 1900. The museum showcases the history and culture of Ceuta, including exhibits on the city’s Roman and Phoenician past.

Remains of the 11th century Arab baths

The Arab baths are on the Main Street in Ceuta. They were discovered during building work on the street and they have since been subject to excavations in 2000 and 2004. You can see the remains easily on your walk around town and they are open to the public.

Remains of the 11th century Arab baths In Ceuta

Enjoy the local cuisine

Ceuta is known for its blend of Spanish and Moroccan cuisine, so make sure to try some local dishes like paella, couscous, and tagine.

Statues in Ceuta Spain

There are several statues located in Ceuta, Spain.  If you grab a handy map there is an easy walking tour around the city where you can spot them all. Here are a few notable ones:

 The little almond seller

 Perhaps my favourite statue is the little almond seller. This sculpture represents Manuel Sánchez Ordóñez, popularly known in Ceuta as “The little almond seller” This characteristic man for many years made and sold sugared almonds on the Paseo de Las Palmeras, in front of the statue of González Tablas, in the same place where his sculpture is now.

The almond seller statue Ceuta Spain

The Hercules Statue in Ceuta cruise port

The Hercules statue in Ceuta is an impressive large bronze statue that represents the mythical hero Hercules. It is located on the Punta Almina peninsula, which is the northernmost point of the city of Ceuta, an autonomous city located on the north coast of Africa and belonging to Spain.

The statue is approximately 7 meters tall and weighs around 4 tons. This is ‘Hercules and the Union of the World‘ by Ginés Serrán built In 2007. The statue is one of the largest representations of Hercules in the world and it is a symbol of the city of Ceuta.

According to legend, Hercules set up two pillars, one on each side of the Strait of Gibraltar, to mark the edge of the known world. Great statue which is very symbolic and represents the Strait of Gibraltar and Hercules dividing the 2 Continents. The Hercules statue in Ceuta is said to represent one of these pillars, with the other one located in Gibraltar.

Hercules Statue in Ceuta Spain

Map of Ceuta spain and its Statues and monuments

This is a Map of Ceuta spain and its Statues and monuments;

Map of Ceuta spain and its Statues and monuments


  • Donna Vallance

    Donna loves cruising with her husband and two teenage boys. Having cruised with the children from a young age she feels it is the perfect way to experience the world safely. Her boys are social butterfly’s and love meeting other children their own age whilst onboard some of the most extraordinary floating ships. She also writes over at Like Love Do, a travel memoir of her trips, from London to far off beaches. She has an eye for the unusual and like to go off of the beaten track just to find the perfect photo. With a passion for photography and exploring cruising has become the perfect holiday choice.

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