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Camping in Ceuta

I'm heading over from Spain shortly before going on to Morocco - does anybody know if there's a campsite at Ceuta, and failing that are there opportunities for rough camping?
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There is no campsite in Ceuta but wild camping shouldn't be a problem (at least we were said so and I've seen peopel doing it). There is also a cheap hostel, was sold out when we've been there in October. Else a few hotels available, paid aprox. 50€ for 3 bed room.
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No!!! NO !! NO !!!!
Ceuta is probably the most dangerous place to "wild camp" of northern Africa. Leave your car unnatended for 10 mins,... and you will have to buy another set of wheels.
As Ceuta is -technnically- an European city people tend to think it's safe . NO WAY ! .
It s probably far more dangerous than -say -
Senegal , or Nouachockt at night.

The only clever thing to do in Ceuta is filling the tanks with cheap petrol ... make the last phone calls (Its still europe , so Vodaphone is still cheap) and CROSS the border as soon as possible . Preferable during daylight ... in order to avoid the "rough" first 50 kilometers of northern Morocco.

>>> wild camping shouldn't be a problem (at >>>least we were said so and I've seen >>>>peopel doing it).
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To camp in Ceuta is madness, you will be relieved of your equipment very quickly and no doubt your money. This is a very dangerous place at night.

Most of the people you see camping are migrants who actually live in those tents. If you want to see the level of hassle you'll get in the day. Stop you bike in one of the parking bays by the beach and try walking on the beach.

I would rather stay on the Spanish mainland and leave early to try to get through this area as quick as possible and head for a large Town in Maroc (Tetouan). Here you will be able to find very cheap safe accomodation.

One thing you should remember in Morocco is that accomodation is really cheap and the Camp sites are normally very poor. The amount you save by camping is really not worth the hassle in my opinion.


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I agree that camping isn't a good idea but I'd say there is a difference between the city center and the surrounding. We might only have been lucky but there was no hassleing at all, even at night, exept at the border/surrounding which is realy annoying. But we slept in a hotel in the center, never left the bikes out of sight or parked them in a guarded place (there is a underground garage near the church).

What happend to you guys or where do you have your infos from? I'm only curious couse I actualy liked the place. We had a good night in one of the small bars in the center and a wonderfull morning with a beautifull view at Gibraltar/Europe. But probably only luck...?

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It's old news now, but Ceuta struck me as pretty scary when we stayed a few nights before the millenium. We parked up our motorhome next to the strip between the border and the last petrol station. Joined later by some german camper vans, we were witness to some sort of illicit deal, followed by a car chase which ended in our parking lot and transformed into an all out brawl between the occupants of four cars. Watching blades flashing in the streetlights, and then the not very delicate manner in which the police cleared up the situation, from the relative security of our luton bed I was very, very glad not to have been under canvas or in a roof tent.
Algeciras - Tetouan can be done in a day including duty free shopping and fuel; why tempt fate.
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Ha! Reading all the messages after a night rough camping - we stayed well away from the border - there is a road that loops around the penisular and if you follow this along the South side you will find a Playa (beach) signposted - follow this down and there is a nice cove for camping.

A few locals were parking up here but it seemed pretty safe in my experience - I have a roof tent so I feel pretty secure, especially if I´m sleeping with my axe...

I actually really like Ceuta and have ben here a few times.
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It's quite true that on the way home, to catch an early ferry, a night in Ceuta is practical (don't forget the time change). Thanks for the tip on the playa, I should have looked a bit harder. GPS coords for the lazy?
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If we talking about wild camping in the Ceuta, you can drive to the West on a road that loops around for three or four km from the end town sheet and turn up (left) on a hill and just drive up until you come on a top – one hill before is some military base. I slept there two times – no problem. I also left there my spare “European” tires for my Dyane before I entered Morocco and four mounts later, when I was returning from Mali, they where still there. Luck?! I rechange tires from slik “African” one and drive all back home.
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