Travel to Tetouan – Capital of Rif Mountain Region
Called the ‘Daughter of Grenada’ by some and ‘Little Jerusalem’ by others, Tetouan, the capital of the Rif Mountain region, is the meeting place of several cultures, mainly Andalusian, Ottoman, local and European. This cultural mixture has given rise to a fascinating blend of sights and sounds.
Thanks to its Mediteranean climate, its splendid views, and its gorgeous beaches, the city entertains many travellers from both inside and outside the kingdom, offering a wide range of luxurious hotels and residences, outstanding fish restaurants, water sports, an attraction park, and a convivial atmosphere.
Lying in the cool valley of the “Wadi Martil”, just kilometres inland from the Spanish coastal enclave of Ceuta, Tetouan traces its origins back to the 3rd century BC. The city was first given the name of Tamuda. In the 1st century AD, Tetouan was destroyed by Roman conquerors and replaced with their own. The ruins still stand on the edge of the town.
The Merenids were next on the scene. They were ousted by Spanish invaders, who ruled intermittently from the 14th to the 17th century. As the capital of the Spanish protectorate from 1913 to 1956, Tetouan traded extensively with mainland Spain. The influence of Spanish architecture and culture is still very much in evidence in the city today.
There is a lot for visitors to Tetouan to see. Among the sites you can visit there is the Tetouan Museum of Arts which displays a range of artefacts and relics detailing the cultural history of the region; The Place Hassan II and the majestic White Palace with its ornate gate; I-Houts, a cloth and linen market selling typically Berber cloth; the Spanish Cathedral and the Kasbah.
Tetouan, with its famous M’diq village and beaches, is reputed to be one of the best tourist destinations in Morocco. Apart from sunbathing and enjoying water sports, the city offers its visitors golf courses, public live attractions, and boats trips out to sea. Travellers can also visit towns nearby, mainly Asilah, Chaouen, Larache, and Tangier.
- Enjoy a limitless sea of sand at some of the fabulous beaches close to Tetouan.
- Discover a rich Andalusian culture and contrasting Spanish influence.
- See one of the world’s richest cultural heritages.