Tetouan was an important city in the Islamic period, from the 8th century onwards, since it used to be the main connection between Morocco and Andalusia, Spain. After the reconquest, the town was rebuilt by Andalusian refugees who had been expelled by the Spanish. This is well illustrated by its art and architecture, which reveal clear Andalusian influence. Although it has one of the smallest but most charming Moroccan medinas which makes this city really easy to visit.
Tetouan is unquestionably one of the most beautiful cities and it has been largely untouched by subsequent outside influences. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Tetouan, one of the most famous cities of African continent and discover the Arabian and Andalusian culture!
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We begin the day trip to Tetouan from Spain with a guided visit to the Medina. The Medina of Tetouan was built along the steep slopes of the Jebel Dersa. It is surrounded by a historic wall of approximately 5 km in length and accessed by means of seven gates. The urban layout is characterised by main streets linking the gates to one another and giving access to open spaces (squares and smaller squares) and public buildings such as funduqs, mosques, zawayas and to the artisan and commercial districts, and on the other hand to smaller lanes leading to passages and semi-private residential areas. A true synthesis of Moroccan and Andalusian cultures, the historic town of Tétouan boasts urban and architectural features that have influenced the architectural and artistic development during the period of the Spanish Protectorate. The town of Tétouan is famous for its School of Arts and Crafts (Dar Sanaa) and its National Institute of Fine Arts which testify to an ancestral tradition and an opening view onto the world today.