I have fallen in love with modernista architecture (blame Barcelona!), and I've just become aware that there's rather a lot of it (and also Art Deco) in Melilla, a small Spanish territory in what would otherwise be Morocco. I love Morocco but don't know that I'll ever find time to return there, so the easiest way to see Melilla is by ferry (I don't like tiny planes) from Malaga, where I will be this May as part of an extended trip to southern and eastern Spain and points north.
I know this is a long shot, but has anyone been to Melilla? There's a bit of info in an old Lonely Planet Morocco guidebook on my shelf, and I've also checked the LP website. I haven't looked at other online resources yet but will do so. There do not seem to be many significant sights in Melilla besides the architecture I'm interested in and will focus on, but there's apparently an attractive historic center, an "excellently preserved" medieval fortress, a small museum and at least one historic church. I figure a full day plus some extra hours should be sufficient.
I'm especially curious about the ferry crossing. Are those ferries prone to cancellation? (I have had very bad luck with English Channel ferries.) I have booked an inexpensive hotel room for a couple of nights; there aren't many options in Melilla. I'd hate to eat that cost, but it would be better than having a non-cancellable room at an expensive place if the ferry lets me down.
The ferries don't run every day and I don't have many useful choices. One of the two companies offering Malaga-Melilla sailings, Balearia, only charges about 10.50 euros extra for a berth in a 4-berth cabin (women only), which opens up the possibility of taking an overnight ferry. Anyone experienced with those shared cabins? I've used train couchettes in the past, but somehow that shared ferry cabin seems a bit insecure. I'll be traveling with a smartphone and a tablet, and I can hardly strap them to my body. I've twice taken overnight ferries in Europe and found them quite comfortable and slept soundly, but I had no strangers sharing my cabins on those earlier trips.