Tetouan is the perfect story to be told about Morocco. It is the city that gathers two main features of modernity and authenticity both at the same time. However, the importance of its location has been always the exact reason that made different cultures and nations prefer Tetouan to settle in.
The majestic city of Tetouan dominates the main part of the Rif Mountains, which is a spectacular location itself surrounded by mountainous and gigantic hills in the West and the East.
Since Tetouan is a vivid area that is greatly alive, its land is properly rich. This suggests that it includes the choices of agricultural variations. Considering that Tetouan is a rich coastal land, it has a collection of fruit trees and vegetables such as pomegranate, orange, almond, and others. The land is perfectly devoted to the cultivation of fruits.
The Mediterranean city has the specific moderate features of weather conditions; it is rainy and mild during winter, while it is dry and hot in summer time. Perfectly, it is the best choice to enjoy summer on the Mediterranean coastal line.
The city is located on the fertile valley of Martil; situated in the far northern part of Morocco in the entrance of Strait Gibraltar, that a very specific terrain. Accurately, it is about 60 km in the East of Tangier, and it is nearly about 40 km in the South from Sebta. As a main harbor, Tetouan is regarded as the only open port in the North or in other words on the Mediterranean Sea.
History of Tetouan
Tetouan is the recorded city book of numerous pages that talks about history long time ago. Never wonder that such a city is an original representation of history deeply rooted in the past. However, it was founded in the third century BC. The city had faced two unbelievable misfortunes but it chose strength each single time it was destroyed. Tetouan was once collapsed behind the enemies' attacks but it was soon rebuilt in 1305 by the King Marinid Abu Thabit. The second time it was destroyed was in 1400. it was also rebuilt later in the 15th century.
It is exactly the brave country that faced fearlessly every disaster. However, in the former millennium, Tetouan was under the Spanish protectorate specifically in 1913 when it was ruled by Jalifa. The Spanish influences are still obvious whether in Tetouan's buildings, neighborhoods and the streets where Arabic, Spanish and French languages are used. However, the country's culture itself was greatly influenced. Moreover, the Roman and Phoenician artifacts are existed in the historical place of Tamouda.
Old Photo Of Tetouan City
The Architectural Aspects in Tetouan
Since it is a deeply rooted historical city, Tetouan is divided into two parts: the old section" medina" and the modern Tetouan city.
However, the coastal city is a picturesque resemblance of ancient civilizations that each cultural nation has its own print. Every humane experience which dwelt between Tetouan's mountains, valleys, hills and sea does still craved. The Berber with Andalusian and Roman influences are clearly represented in Tetuoan's features. They are imprinted in the architectural designs. In addition to that, the Christian aspects, that were preserved even after the Spanish protectorate had left, are harmonically shaped with Islamic prescriptions that various religious buildings have both civilizations' details.
Tetuoan is where beauty, charm, culture and history are delightfully co- existed to create a land of heaven full of magic.
Architectural Aspect -Tetouan
Best Places to Visit in Tetouan
- middle Of Tetouan city
One of the most interesting attractions to visit in Ville Nouvelle is Iglesia de Bacturia, the old Spanish cathedral. It is an elegant- decorated building with ancient historical marks. It is however centered in the so- called Avenue Mohammed V. the street is iconic beginning with the Hassan II Plaza sided by the Royal Palace and the Pasha Palace.
The atmosphere here is totally untraditional; it is the coastal port of Martil with its popular and easygoing resort. The area is entirely modern and exciting that makes most Moroccans prefer to come here enjoying hot summer. They would absolutely like to try the shoreside restaurants that are available with convenient prices fitting all people. The experience is attractive especially when exploring the only fishing port in the northern Morocco. Holidays and beach activities with water sports are pretty cool to try here where a new different pleasure is giving to each event.
- Rif Mountains
One of the most eye- catching places in the southeast of Tetouan is Rif Mountains. It is a full panoramic setting of green areas that are perfectly good for trekkers, hikers and mountain bikers. It is the place to feel relaxation in the middle of mother nature that is isolated from hustling and bustling. In Rif Mountains, you are surrounded by a picturesque magical atmosphere where mountains and high hills are all what you can see. However, there are certain sites where you can enjoy a lovely walk such as, Bouhachem Natural Reserve and Talassemtane Natural Park.
- Ethnographic Museum
If you are interested to know more about the cultural tradition of Morocco especially the one related to Tetouan, the ethnographic museum is the best destination for you. The museum contains several departments considering the Moroccan tradition. However, the museum is established in 1984 in Bab el Okla that is found in the old medina. It is built inside the fortress of Sultan Moulay Abderrahman. Certain exhibits of local customs are regularly organized with displays of popular marriage celebrations.
- El Fouki Market
El Fouki market is the popular- shop market that is located in the middle of old medina. The district here is full of various dynamic places that offer all its goods and products to all visitors with cheap prices. El Fouki market is particularly made for selling different kinds and shapes of fresh bread. However, Guersa el Rebia is the specialized market of traditional textiles where all what you wish is found. The most beautiful ceramic works are available in El Hot market that represents modern and iconic conventional models of ceramics. This lovely short work in the narrow patches of the old souk is unforgettable where you will feel authenticity of past.
Gibraltar is the absolute must- see location once you are in Tetouan. It is the amazing heavenly terrain that requires at least a three- day trip. You shall begin your Gibraltar journey from the Western Rock that is where the town starts from. Exploring the highest point of Gibraltar (425 meters) in O' Hara's Battery, that is an artillery fort built in 1890 is a refreshing station itself. Don't miss the chance of seeing the exotic apes of Gibraltar in the Natural Reserve in the Upper Rock area. The journey in Gibraltar is really breathtaking where all you see is beautiful. The impressing St. Michael's Cave is where you must go. It is the 150 caves lying with almost at least 274 meters above sea level. They are all filled with stalagmites and unbelievable stalactites. However, the cave dates back to 45 AD and was discovered during the excavation works of WWII.
Gibraltar is a fabulous place that will always be alive in the visitor's mind. The journey should also include a visit to the Moorish Castle, the Great Siege Tunnels, the botanic gardens of Gibraltar, the Cathedral Square, Europa Point, and many other magnificent spots.
Iglesia de Bacturia
Iglesia de Bacturia
What are you waiting for!?
Words become meaningless when the eyes are observing the beauty of Tetouan. Contemplating the rare charm dwelling in the high terrain makes you believe that heaven had simply changed its name to ''Tetouan".