The Melilla lighthouse sticks out above one of the walls of the fortress, guiding ships for years. It’s beautiful from the land, it’s seen calmest of calms and most incredible storms. It provides a place for seagulls to rest and provides shade to the many visitors.
Melilla has the same amount of modernist buildings as Madrid, only Barcelona and Valencia have more.
Walking down Juan Carlos I avenue (previously called Avnedi del Generalisimo) is basically walking by the most important modernist architecture of the time, given the quantity of marvelous modernist buildings you can see.
One of these buildings is known as “La reconquista” (The Reconquest), which was built by Enrique Nieto, a Spanish architect born in Barcelona that finished his studies in 1906. Afterwards he spent several years working with Gaudi on such buildings as Casa Mila in Barcelona.
The “La reconquista” building is in great shape and right next door you’ll find one of the most symbolic churches of the city, the Church of the Sacred Heart.
At the corner of Juan Carlos I avenue, we can see one of the architectural treasures of the city of Melilla, the Casa Melul. It’s the work of architect Enrique Nieto, a student of Gaudi.
The architectural culture of Melilla is considered, along with Barcelona, as one of the best exponents of the Spanish modernist style of the beginning of the 20th century.
A clear indicator of this style is the precious house that was built in 1915 by David Melul, who was born in Melilla and was known his patronage of all the cultural initiatives related with the city and with the Sephardic culture.
The Melul House is a clear example of the floral modernist houses. Its façade is an authentic work of art that you must visit (the interior is was magnificent as the exterior).
A lot has changed about the Port of Melilla from when I was a child. Years ago, the port was always full of families at night waiting to dock the “Milillero” or just passing by while taking it all in.
Today, the port has become an important place where they celebrate cultural and sporting performances that are promoted by the Port Authority.
Nautical Week is already fairly well known by regatta enthusiasts, which is organized by the city of Melilla, the Federation of Sailing of Murcia, and the Cartegena-Melilla regatta organization.
From the port we can see Melilla’s monumental complex that houses various forts, including: Las Victorias, San Miguel, San Carlos, the Citadel, and the tower of Alafia, among other historical buildings.