In a tour of tourism in the north of Morocco a very popular destination is the great city of Tangier , which during the past century has forged an image of an international city.
Or you can visit corners with great charm such as those you find in the delicious medina of Chefchaouen , the focus of attention of many European and American tourists who travel to this area of the North African country.
Or enclaves as beautiful as the fortified coastal town of Asilah .
But if you go to Tetuán , very close to these places, and just 41 kilometers south of Ceuta , you will be surprised because nothing will turn out to be a tourist destination.
That happened to me on my first trip to Tetouan , a city that in recent times I am visiting with some frequency.
My only previous experience of a trip to Morocco was the visit of Marrakech , a city that I loved, but that has an undoubted tourist character.
Therefore, it was really surprising to arrive in Tetouan, a city with a long history linked to Spain, and so close to our country, and not to find practically Westerners in its streets.
Now that after several visits and I know better this city located in the foothills of the Moroccan Rif , I’ll give you some tips to visit Tetouan , as well as enough arguments to finally consider it worth your visit.
Why Tetuán is a World Heritage Site
From the outset I will tell you that Tetouan is a city declared a World Heritage Site thanks to its medina.
Indeed, Unesco highlighted in 1997 the great importance that from the eighth century had the old Titawin , now Tetouan , as a contact between the North African region of present-day Morocco and Andalusia.
Subsequently, Tetuán was a city developed by the Muslims who were expelled from Spain at the end of the 15th century, so that its architecture has had a great Andalusian influence .
Currently, the medina of Tetouan is considered the most complete in Morocco, and the one that has been most safe from external influences.
Visiting the medina of Tetouan is enough argument to put on your route through North Africa this city that is known as the White Dove .
Located about 60 kilometers east of Tangier , where you can get on a cheap flight of just one hour from Madrid, Tetouan also easily access after crossing the Strait from Algeciras to Ceuta , or the aforementioned Tangier .
From Tetouan you will be in little more than an hour in the charming Chefchaouen , with its streets where the blue color acquires the main role.
The visit of Tetuán can be done perfectly in a single day, given that the historic center is not big and you can walk perfectly on foot.