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Alborán Island

Alborán
Almería
Spain

The Isla de Alborán is a small island in the Alborán Sea, part of the western Mediterranean, about 50 kilometres north of the Moroccan coast and 90 kilometres south of the province of Almería, Spain. A Spanish possession since 1540, it was taken from the Tunisian pirate Al Borani in the Battle of Alborán. It is home today to a small Spanish Navy garrison and an automated lighthouse. Some 100 Meters off the northeastern end of the island is small Isla de las Nubes (literally, island of the clouds).

While Morocco claims the Spanish-held plazas de soberanía enclaves and islands on or within a few kilometers of the Moroccan coast as part of Greater Morocco, it has never filed a formal claim to Alborán.

Today, the island administratively belongs to the city council (Spanish: ayuntamiento) of Almería and is part of the Almería Pescadería (fish market) district.

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Plazas de soberanía: Spanish possessions on the coast of Morocco.

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