Tetouan, A Different City In The North Of Morocco

An ideal way to get to know the culture of Morocco is to visit Tetouan, which is less touristy than other cities in the country.
Tetouan, a different city in the north of Morocco

On the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco shows us a very different and, therefore, attractive culture. The wealth of the African country is immense. There are several tourist cities, such as Marrakech or Casablanca, but in this article we are going to discover Tetouan, the “White Dove”. Can you come with us?

Located in the north of Morocco, Tetouan is not as well known as other cities, so it is less common to see large groups of tourists. In this way, it is easier to connect with the life of the Moroccans, carry out their activities and taste their gastronomy.

The medina of Tetouan

Medina of Tetouan
Medina of Tetouan

The medina of Tetouan is one of the best preserved in the country. A medina that, like others, is located inside the city wall. You can access it through one of the seven gates that this wall preserves.

In it you will discover labyrinthine streets, with countless shops and street businesses. Here you will  find countless artisans who will offer you their products. Jewelry, the typical rugs, fabrics and all kinds of garments are just some of the things that you can buy in this place.

Although it is not as big as other medinas in Morocco, for example the one in Fez, it is worth exploring it calmly. You will enjoy the perennial animation in this place. And you can do it on your own, but you must be careful, it is easy for a mistake to make you lose yourself inside.

The Feddan square

It is integrated into the medina, but deserves a separate mention. It is a huge square that was the true heart of the city. In it is the Royal Palace. It cannot be visited, since it is the residence of the Moroccan monarchs, so you have to settle for seeing the building from the outside.

Other corners of Tetouan

The medina is the great attraction of the Moroccan city, however, it hides other places of interest that are worth visiting. We show you some of them.

The Spanish Quarter

Moulay el Mendy Square in Tetouan
Place Moulay el Mehdy – paigeproduction2012 / Flickr.com

In Tetouan, as in many towns in Andalusia, the white color predominates in the buildings. This makes sunsets especially beautiful in this city.

And white are the constructions of the Spanish Quarter, which was developed during the Protectorate. In it you will appreciate a unique colonial architecture, in which the balconies and touches of green stand out.

An interesting one is the Moulay el Mehdi square. Here you will also appreciate the footprint of the Spanish, since it is where the church of Nuestra Señora de la Victoria is located.

Museums in Tetouan

In the city you can discover some interesting museums. This is the case of the Archaeological Museum, where objects found in the surroundings of the city and that speak of its long past are exhibited. You will be able to contemplate some Roman mosaics, weapons, sculptures, vessels, etc.

The Ethnological Museum of Tetouan is also worth visiting. A perfect place to learn more about the culture of the city and the country. In it are exhibited from regional costumes to musical instruments.

The beaches of Tetouan

Cabo Negro beach in Tetouan
Cabo Negro Beach

The city of Tetouan is inland, but very close to the coast. And there are perfect beaches to relax. Golden sand beaches that have little to envy others in the Mediterranean. Those of Rincón or Cabo Negro stand out.

Gastronomy in Tetouan

In our visit to Tetouan we must savor the great gastronomy of the country. It is a varied gastronomy, starring vegetables, couscous, meat, fish or seafood.

Couscous plate
Couscous plate

Among the most famous Moroccan dishes we find the tajine, a stew with pieces of chicken or lamb. Another typical food that you can try in Tetouan is khubz bread , which has more crust than European bread .

As for the main dish, couscous, it is served with various types of meat or stewed with vegetables. Being one of the icons of Morocco, we can find it cooked in very different ways, depending on where we go.

As you can see, Tetouan is a city that can surprise and that will enter you through all five senses. Are you planning a visit?

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