If there is a place where the authentic moroccan essence can be found despite the passage of the centuries, it is Tetouan, an andalusian city in the north of Morocco known as The White Dove or Granada´s Daughter.
Tetouan, the cradle of craftwork, is the city where muslims and jews settled after the fall of Granada in 1492. In addition, Tetouan is the city of the aristocracy, where all the andalusian heritage is concentrated and where time has made his marks, showing an incredible cultural legacy.
Essential places in Tetouan
The particular streets, the valleys and the serenity of all his corners makes Tetouan a labyrinth where we will lose time perception and enjoy the moroccan life.
Its easily recognizable green and white houses, its crenelated walls and shadow squares form the Medina, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1997, which is surrounded by 5 kilometres of wall and has seven gates with legends that reveal the history of the city and the successive waves of immigration. These gates are Bab El Oqla, Bab Saaida, Bab Mqabare, Bad Ejjyafe, Bab Nouader, Bad Toute and Bab Remouz.
In fact, the Medina is the liveliest place. The souks are at sufficient distance between them and well defined, with a great quantity of luxury products workshop as artisan jewelry stores. Furthermore, inside the old town, we can discover the Mellah, the great jewish neighbourhood, which has coexisted with its synagogues in harmony with the rest of the city for centuries.
On the other hand, some monuments like the Palace Square, where the Real Palace is located and where Mohamed V Avenue starts, with views to the Old Spanish Casino, Dar Tair and The Public Library; and The Moulay El Mehdi Square, where we can find The Lady of Our Victory Church, are great examples of Moorish Arquitecture and show the amazing cultural legacy of the city.
The same legacy can be contemplated in all its plenitude in architectonical gems like the National Art Institute or Dar Sanaa, that shows the Tetouan´s beauty.
What makes Tetouan special
The tiles craft is one of the most characteristic occupation of the city due to the singularity of their shapes and the great wood paintings that artisans make on them, what are authentic pieces of art.
Leather workshops are old in the city, but we can find textile and clothes shops too, where we can discover the embroidery of Tetouan, one of the most original in Morocco due to his mixture of different backgrounds.
Gastronomy is a culinary art due to the combination of cooking recipes that proceed from The Rif, Andalucía or the jewish cuisine. Dishes like chicken with raisins, the chicken Pastilla, the Tahliya and the Jben show that the moroccan food is really famous and rich.
TETOUAN EXCURSION ITINERARY
- Departure from Tangier (from the hotel or the port) at 10:00 am
- Guided visit to the Medina and other places of interest like Moulay El Mehdi Square, the Spanish Enlargement to the Hassan II Square, where the Real Palace is, the Lunette Neighbourhood, the Jewish Neighbourhood and The Bab Okla, one of the seven gates of the city.
- Stop for lunch (optional, not included)
- Return to Tangier
- Tarifa-Tangier Ferry round trip tickets
- Tangier-Tetouan road trip transport
- Guided visit in Tetouan: The Medina, the Jewish Neighbourhood, the Real Palace and the Spanish Theatre
- Travel insurance