Tetouan located at the foot of the Rif Mountains is just a few kilometres from the sea. The medina, a Unesco World Heritage site, appears to not have changed in several centuries.
The town’s relationship with Andalusia has left it with a Hispano-Moorish character that is unique in Morocco and is physically reflected in the white buildings and broad boulevards of the Spanish part of the city, known as Ensanche or extension.
Visit the Archaeological Museum dedicated to exploring prehistoric Tetouan, exhibiting artefacts that teach visitors about the city’s historical roots, including antique coins, pottery items, mosaics and ancient inscriptions.
Tetouan’s Modern Art Museum, well known for its exceptional artistic pieces, it is set in a beautiful Andalusian-style former railway station and houses a permanent collection of contemporary Moroccan art and a variety of visiting exhibitions.
The Spanish influence is very much alive and nowhere is more apparent than in the city’s only surviving church, Iglesia de Bacturia. Built in 1917, the church in a predominate Muslim and mosque-heavy Morocco caters to the city’s Catholics, the church bells still ring out on the hour.