Fortress in the Trapana cove in the old quarter of Melilla / © Patronato de Turismo de Melilla
The Autonomous City of Melilla is located in north Africa on the Mediterranean coast. It covers a surface area of 13.41 square kilometers / 5.17 sq. miles and has 80,802 inhabitants.
Food and wine production in Melilla is statistically insignificant.
The old walled town, with its church of La Concepción, contrasts with the Modernist area designed by a disciple of Antonio Gaudí.
El Mantelete is the typical bazaar area, which developed to exploit the privileges of the free port.
Melilla is a city with a Phoenician origin and for many centuries has been an important trading port and fortified town. Today its population includes Christians, Moslems, Hindus and Jews who mark the life of the city with their different customs, beliefs and celebrations.
The festival of Our Lady of the Victory is held during the first week of September.
Each of Melilla's communities has its own rich gastronomy, which is especially promoted during the different religious festivals.
The main Christian and Mediterranean dishes are a fish casserole or choco, a light stew with chickpeas.
Special features of Moslem cuisine are lamb kebabs and couscous, usually served with lamb.
The Indian inhabitants make samosas - delicious, small pasties.
The best-known of the Jewish dishes are cocho fish and coloured omelette.
There is also a dish called the 'Four communities'. This is an exquisite stew made according to the dietary rules of each religion. It is symbolic of the peaceful co-existence of the varied inhabitants of Melilla.