Ceuta, Spain

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These fortifications are a favourite attraction with visitors, and the first hint that you're in for plenty of interesting architecture and history as you stroll around this compact city. Along the main street, Calle Camoens, designer shops sit beside historic buildings, including the Casa de los Dragones. Just look up to see these creatures taking flight above your head. The palm-lined streets are distinctly Spanish in style, and there are plenty of tapas bars if you're feeling peckish. Must-see moments include the medieval Arab Baths, the 15th century Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption and the Parroquia de Santa Maria de Africa, which has beautiful stained glass. But Ceuta also has a contemporary side, exemplified by the Mediterranean Maritime Park. This spectacular leisure attraction invites you to dive into its blue saltwater lakes and sunbathe in the botanical gardens.