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Tetouan

Country
Morocco
State
Tangier-Tetouan
City
Tetouan
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Sania Ramel Airport (IATA: TTU, ICAO: GMTN) is an airport serving Tetouan,a city in the Tangier-Tetouan region in Morocco.It is also the closest airport to Ceuta.The airport served over 15 thousand passengers in the year 2008.

By Bus

As a transportation hub in the north, Tetouan is very easy to reach by bus or grand taxi.Many travelers only see the bus station en route from Ceuta or Tangier to Chefchaouen, but it is well worth a longer visit.Both the CTM bus station as well as the non-CTM bus station are located in the center, though the walk from the CTM station to the center is a hike up a rather steep hill.

By Taxi

Petite taxis are very cheap, though the fare increases if you have luggage.But if you choose to stay at one of the hotels on the way to Martil (Champs or Dreams) petite taxis and grand taxis are always available.The city center is quite small and most tourist attractions as well as hotels are located there, so there really is no need to use petite taxis.

Key places to visit
The medina of Tetouan, Moroccan Arts museum, kasbah, Tamuda Bay


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Places to Visit

The medina of Tetouan

Its unique network of shaded alleyways, is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.Its large mellah (Jewish quarter) was called Little Jerusalem.It is the most lively area after nightfall.Here, the souks are well separated, each trade occupying a precise perimeter.Tarafin street, which is lined with jewellery shops, leads to Hassan II square and the Royal Palace, a fine example of Hispano-Mauresque architecture. To the west, on the modern side, the new town, El Ensanche, can be found. Its small buildings of five storeys maximum, with shops on the ground floor, were built under Spanish protectorate.

Moroccan Arts museum

The archaeological museum can be found in the medina, close to the Bab Tout gate, and the Moroccan Arts museum next to Bab El Oqla. The former has beautiful mosaics and a multitude of Roman-period artefacts, on loan from the Lixus site.The latter, which is ethnological, exhibits traditional costumes and regional musical instruments.Close to this museum, the trade school teaches all craft specialisations.The National Fine Arts Institute, founded in 1947 by Mariano Bertuchi, a Spanish painter, has the particularity of having a comic strip teaching section, since 2000. Since 2004, each year it hosts the international Comic Strip festival.

kasbah

Is a type of medina, Islamic city, or fortress (citadel).It was a place for the local leader to live and as a defense when the city was under attack.A kasbah has high walls which usually have no windows. Sometimes, they were built on the top of hill to make them easier to defend. Some of them were also placed near the entrance of harbors.Having a kasbah built was a sign of wealth of some families in the city. Almost all cities had their kasbah, this building being something necessary for the city to survive. When colonization started in 1830, in northern Algeria, there were a great number of kasbahs that lasted for more than 100 years.

Tamuda Bay

located 15 km from Tetouan and its airoport, extends along the coast from M’diq to Fnideq, over an area of 50 hectares, and is equipped with high-quality hotel infrastructures.The localities concerned are Oued Negro, Restinga, Marina Smir and Holiday Club.This seaside resort comprises an 18-hole golf course, the Laguna Smir lakeside town, an aquatic park, shops, restaurants and two pleasure ports: Marina Kabila and Marina Smir.The lakeside town has water-sports equipment and thalassotherpy centres.On the programme: relaxing walks on the long and beautiful coast road, a scuba diving experience from Marina Smir just to give it a try or to explore the straight's waters.

Right Time to Visit

May - July
September - December

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