Excursion to Tetouan from Tangier:
The architecture of this city with its Hispano-Moorish style buildings, its wrought iron balconies testifies to its Spanish heritage.
The medina : Unmissable visit. One of the most beautiful in Morocco with traces of its Andalusian past, to enter from the new city to the medina one takes one of the seven wonderfully crafted doors. We discover an exceptional site with a tangle of alleys, squares, small mosques and original gardens. The Medina is fortified by ramparts almost entirely. This medina is organized by districts:
- dwellings with their wrought iron gate and immaculate facade
• Jewish quarter (mellah) with a particular architecture (arches connecting the houses together).
• Souk El-Fouki: everything from spices to woodworkers
• Souk El-Hots: potters’ quarter
• Souk of rue Ahmed Torres: jewelers district
• Tanners’ souk: the market for fabrics (multicolored, plain, embroidered fabrics, etc.) and clothing
• carpenters district
• weavers district
• pastry district
• second-hand neighborhoods
Tiny cafes adorn these neighborhoods.
Tetouan Mosque: In the center of the Medina, the Great Mosque, Alaouite type has a U-shaped patio, its roof is made of wood covered with red tiles. Its minaret decorated with mosaics soars high in the sky.
Mohammed V Avenue and Hassan II Square
Pedestrian path with its buildings dating from the early twentieth century with wrought iron balconies and loggias, begins from Place Moulay-el-Mehdi to Place Hassan II. Place where the royal palace is located which was the residence of the representative of the sultan under the protectorate. This building has a refined architecture and remarkable ironwork: Dar El Makhzen founded in the 17th century, this palace serves as a showcase for the crafts of Tetouan. From the square one reaches the Medina through one of the prestigious gates. Avenue Mohammed V and Place Hassan II is an unavoidable and very lively place of passage, cafes line the avenue and street vendors set up their stalls on the ground.
Ethnographic Museum and the Skala Bab-al-Olka: The Skala of Tetouanawas one of the most powerful fortifications in the city, nowadays it hosts the ethnographic museum. It has an interior garden in which you can enjoy the view of the sea and the city and cannons from the last centuries are exhibited on this land. The museum is spread over two floors, a large collection of handicrafts is presented.
The Archaeological Museum: In the garden are exhibited Roman, Byzantine and Muslim pieces (ancient pottery ..). Inside, you can discover mosaics, products from the excavations of Tamuda, Lixus and Sidi Abdessalam Del Bahr, a Maghreb library, the Moroccan art museum (costume, traditional, wedding …).
The Moroccan art museum: Tells the folklore and Moroccan art, exhibition of costumes, furniture, artisanal production …
The craft school: Different craft trades are taught: leatherwork, wood, carpets, ceramics … The only school in Morocco, facing the Moroccan arts museum, studies are programmed in the spirit of companionship and last approximately seven years. You can admire the masterpieces.
The new town: Built by the Spaniards under the protectorate. Place Moulay-el-Mehdi in the heart of the modern city is an example: church, semi-circular buildings.
To visit in the surroundings of Tetouan:
Martil: Ten kilometers from Tetouan, a small, pleasant seaside resort with its immense beaches of fine white sand. Popular and lively atmosphere in high season. The visit of the city will allow you to discover a magnificent church dating from the colonial era (built around 1940). Between 2 swims, a visit is essential in this architectural witness of Moroccan history.
Cabo Negro: Seaside resort fifteen kilometers from Tetouan, clinging to a hill, gives the impression of a small village with its whitewashed houses with pretty blue shutters. This charming Mediterranean city is the popular seaside resort of the Moroccan jet set. Sand, transparent water and a few rocks make this place a heavenly place. With its wild seaside and its green hinterland, Cabo Négro appears popular for its calm and its varied activities.
Oued-Laou: Seaside resort fifty kilometers from Tetouan offers a splendid landscape. Favorite place for swimming and fishing.
M’diq: Located near Tetouan, M’diq can only seduce you with its idyllic beaches, with clear waters, surrounded by the mountain ranges of the Rif. With a corniche 1.6 km long, this town allows pleasant moments with the family for beautiful walks. A recent global development program led by his Majezsté King Mohammed VI has made it possible to renovate this space. M’diq has a fishing and marina where you can taste grilled sardines. A noter que chaque été au mois de Juillet se déroule la semaine de Nautique international avec plus de 400 participants.
Marina Smir: About thirty kilometers from Tetouan, in the direction of Sebta, Marina Smir is a place of relaxation and idleness not to be missed. Its beautiful sandy beaches, sheltered from the wind, make it an ideal holiday resort. Thanks to its marina, boaters can moor their boats.