Melilla is spread along the shores of the Mediterranean, in a corner of the Tres Forcas cape, a rocky outcrop situated in the Maghreb region of Rif. It is known as the "city of four cultures," as Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus have between them created a cultural mix in this clearly European enclave. Surrounded by sea, and only connected to the mainland by a strip of land, the oldest part of the city, Melilla la Vieja, has been declared historical and artistic heritage. From the charm of ancient citadel walls to the explosion of colourful modernist architecture - the city has over 900 modernist and art deco buildings - Melilla offers endless attractions to brighten a stroll through the city streets. The presence of the sea and the flavours of the four cultures is also apparent in the exquisite local cuisine and the variety of customs and artistic expression.
The autonomous city of Melilla is located in northern Africa, in the Rif region, on the Mediterranean coast. It shares a border with Morocco and is close to Algeria. The city lies on the eastern side of the cape of Tres Forcas.
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