Visit the beautiful


There are few places in Morocco that have a more beautiful location than Tetouan. It has the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea on one side, the awe-inspiring Riff mountains to the other and clustered all around there are groves of orange and almond trees.

The city itself is a collection of bright white buildings clustered on the side of a verdant hill, with the sparkling river Martil flowing through the valley below. It has a strong Andalucian influence, having been founded by refugees seeking safety from the Iberian conflicts in the fifteenth century. Later it became the administrative capital of Morocco’s Spanish zone and despite the intervening 50 years or so since the Declaration of Independence the dual heritage is still easy to see.

The city is a lively place to visit, with plenty of sights to discover including a medina with UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and the Royal Palace. The nearby beach is a favourite with Moroccans, and the shopping is a mix of the traditional and the modern. All this and a gorgeous Mediterranean climate that averages 22°C in the winter and 35°C during the summer months.

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Staying In Tetouan

Image: Get the full Moroccan experience by staying in a riad

While Tetouan isn't a major tourist destination yet, there are still plenty of places for travellers to stay, mostly clustered around the centre of the city. If you want to stay close to the sea then there are several beachfront hotels and apartments you can book in Martil.

Getting To Tetouan

Image: Rely on Morocco's famous Grand Taxis to get you to your final destination

The closest airport and train station to Tetouan are in Tangier, but it's easy to reach Tetouan by road; the city is a transport hub and there is a regular bus service travelling to and from Tangier, Cueta and Chefchaouen. The bus station is in the centre of Tetouan, giving you easy access to all the sights. Many companies run a private transfer service via taxi, which is another affordable option.