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The Royal Palace of Tétouan. Tetouan is a city in Mediterranean Morocco. The city's medina has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Travel as a Muslim to Tétouan

As a transportation hub in the north, Tetouan is very easy to reach by bus or grand taxi. Many travelers only see the bus station en route from Ceuta or Tangier to Chefchaouen, but it is well worth a longer visit.

Buy a Flight ticket to and from Tétouan

  • Sania Ramel Airport IATA Code: TTU - GPS: 35.594363, -5.319975 - Sania Ramel Airport rather small airport built by the Spanish colonial administration to serve Ceuta it now sees service only by smaller planes

How to get around in Tétouan

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The CTM bus station and the non-CTM bus station are located in the center, though the walk from the CTM station to the center is a hike up a rather steep hill.

The city center is quite small and most tourist attractions and hotels are located there, so there really is no need to use petite taxis. But if you choose to stay at one of the hotels on the way to Martil (Champs or Dreams) petite taxis and grand taxis are always available.

Petite taxis are very cheap, though the fare increases if you have luggage.

Though there is a decent-sized public bus system, they are notorious for running late and being filthy.

To get to nearby beaches, like Martil, Cabo Negro, Ricon, Marina Smir, and Kabila, grand taxis are easily found at a bottom of Rue Moulay Abbas (the road running along the park, beautiful views of the Rif Mountains). The fare for a single passenger to Martil is 5 dirham, but if you want a little more room you should purchase two seats. For less popular destinations, like Marina Smir, or for a more direct route to beaches like Cabo Negro and Kabila which require two different grand taxi rides, some travelers choose to bargain with the driver to purchase the whole taxi. This is often more expensive, but well worth it considering the time saved and the increased comfort. Drivers are often very happy to arrange to pick up passengers after their day at the beach, saving travelers time as well as hassle.

Local buses are also an adventure and affordableer than taxis. For example, when heading to Ceuta, you can take bus number 35 from just outside the CTM terminal, takes about an hour and drops you in Fnidiq. You can walk from there to the border (~30 minutes). After the border there are buses to the city center (€0.80).

How is the Climate in Tétouan

Tetouan enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The average summer temperature is 35°C, while the average winter temperature is a wholly comfortable 22°C.

The city boasts an amazing amount of annual sunshine.

What to see in Tétouan

  • The Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unlike any other Moroccan Medina, Tetouan offers a unique perspective on the multicultural history of northern Morocco and, because of its relatively small size, it offers visitors a chance to explore without getting hopelessly lost. There are three distinct sections of the Medina, the Andalusian, the Jewish, and the Berber sections, though the untrained eye might have trouble distinguishing between the three. Be sure to hire a guide and you'll enjoy the medina that much more.
  • Mohammed V Ave. A pedestrian only road in the center. Filled with people in the evenings, after the day's heat has passed. Mohammed V is filled with dozens of cafes, teleboutiques, restaurants, tourist shops, and street vendors. Further down the street you'll find a used book sellers, offering books in a wide variety of languages, and then the king's palace.

Arts and crafts

  • Tetouan Centre of Modern Art - Centre d'Art Moderne |
Avenue Al Massira GPS: 35.5664, -5.3669  situated next to Aveue des FAR, Avenue Al Maki Al Nacin; coming from city center walk to the lowest part of the park south of the medina (sometimes called 'Lovers Park') and you are at a big crossroads, the museum is clearly visible at the other side (has its spanish names on the exterior in big letters), coming from the center, the entrance is one gate on the right back side Phone +212-666 04 60 81 | Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday  - This museum displays mostly current Moroccan artists, and also Andalusian ones. It is situated in the nicely renovated old train station of Tetouan and is worth a visit; it especially showcases the reciprocal influcences of Morocco and Spain and started as a cooperation between Andalusia and Morocco.
  • Ecole des arts et metiers de Tétouan - - GPS: 35.5704778, -5.3632762 situtated at just opposite of Bab Okla, at the intersection of Avenue Mohamed Ameziane and Avenue Lamfadal Afilal, if you stand just in front of Bab Okla and look into Avenue Lamfadal Afilal straight ahead, it's the building at the right hand corner of the two streets Phone +212-539-97 27 21 | Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30-16:30, F 8:30-11:30 and 15:00-18:00 10 or 15 dirham - This is a school teaching classical arts and crafts which can be visited by the public and which is in a nicely decorated, interesting building with a nice garden.
  • Saida Art Contemporain Tetouan - 9 Wazir Mohamed Seffar GPS: 35.573548, -5.362999 Coming out of the medina at gate Bab Okla, turn left into the street (Avenue Mohamed Ameziane); when the Avenue takes it first sharper turn left, don't follow it, but go in in the small road on the other side of the street, the gallery is on the left side after about 50 m Phone +212 539 716565 - A privately-run gallery displaying and selling modern art (current exhibitions can be found on website), and has a café/restaurant called Club de Tapas.
  • Musée d’Art Marocain - - GPS: 35.5702868, -5.3637146 in the medina near Bab Okla

What to do in Tétouan

There is an old Kasbah on the top of the hill overlooking the town, with a good view of the mountains if you have a few hours to kill.

Study as a Muslim in Tétouan

  • Dar Loughat - Cross-Cultural Language Center - Place Moulay Mehdi 8, Rue M'hammed Benaboud - Phone +212 66 66 8 77 88 Dar Loughat is a professional language center in Morocco providing intensive courses in all levels of Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic throughout the year. Through various immersion and language exchange activities, Dar Loughat provides its students daily contact with Moroccan life, allowing them to expand their vocabulary, improve their spoken language performance and better understand the local culture.

Muslim Friendly Shopping in Tétouan

You will find some shops in the pedestrian area and around the city center. If you want to experience the local market feeling, go to the central market square around Place Hassan II and Place Al Jala GBSNAV 35.5700663,-5.369964 or the central market building rue Majliss Baladi GBSNAV 35.5684122,-5.3711462}}.

Halal Restaurants in Tétouan

  • Restaurant Restinga
  • Ali Baba
  • El Reducto
  • Birjiss
  • Pannini | 5-6 Ave Mohammed Ben Aboud GPS: - 13-20 dirham for a sandwich Small shop offering sandwiches made to order. Pick your fillings: meats, veggies, sauces, etc. Baguette sandwiches start at 13 dirham (unless you get a small), and paninis are about 20 dirham.
  • Jenin
  • Dallas | 11 Rue Youssef Ben Tachfine - Small teashop/patisserie with lots of sweets and baked goods on offer. Brownies for 5 dirham; croissants 2 dirham; pot of (very sweet) tea 8 dirham. Small, somewhat dark seating area in the back, filled with both women and men.

Za3Za3 is one of the most locally famous juices. It's a kind of milk-shake with avocado, banana, apple, some almonds, and some other ingredients.

Muslim Friendly Hotels in Tétouan

  • Blanco Riad - 25, Rue Zawiya Kadiria GPS: 35.570342, -5.370097 Phone +212 539704202 - Small double rooms are €60/night, larger ones are €90, and one large suite is offered at €160. - Beautiful hotel in a restored riad with lovely touches, such as stained glass windows on room doors. Friendly staff, nice garden area with a resident turtle, and good restaurant. Free breakfast and Wi-Fi.
  • Hotel El Reducto - 38, Essaid Zanqat Zawya Kadiriya GPS: 35.570492, -5.370084 Phone +212 539968120
  • Hotel Panorama Vista - Avenue Moulay Abbas GPS: 35.568655, -5.373659 Phone +212 5399-64968
  • Hotel Principe - - GPS: 35.569449, -5.373461
  • Pension Iberia - Place Moulay El Mehdi GPS: 35.569771, -5.374006 Phone +212 5399-63679relatively cheap, clean rooms, sink in the room, shared toilet, shower 10 dirham (warm)
  • Riad Dalia - Place El Ouessaa 25 GPS: 35.571218, -5.367426 in the Medina Phone +212 539964318 - checkin=after 1 PM / Check-out: before noon Prices from 250 dirham - Hotel Riad Dalia Tetouan dates from the 19th-century and used to be the house of the Dutch consul during the days of the spanish protectorate. The rooms range from affordable singles to expensive palatial suites, featuring antique furniture, elegant fabrics and a traditional decor. Wi-Fi available. Beautiful terrace view. Every morning, a continental breakfast is served on site. The restaurant offers traditional dishes and guests can relax in the lounge.

Stay safe as a Muslim in Tétouan

Be alert at the bus station here; since many travelers only pass through, this is a popular spot for touts. When attempting to purchase a ticket, only talk with someone behind one of the counters, not with anyone standing anywhere near it. Some even have friends working in the bus station who will back them up in their attempt to divert you into an expensive taxi by agreeing that there are no buses to your destination. Be persistent, and show a willingness to wait as long as it takes.

While some complain this town is filled with hustlers and hasslers, others find it charming and a perfect place to make some Moroccan friends, especially if you speak Spanish.

Explore more Halal Friendly Destinations from Tétouan

  • Chefchaouen - a historic city also dubbed the blue city
  • Oued Laou - a coastal town on the way to Chefchaouen
  • Ceuta - (Spanish semi-exclave)
  • Tangier
  • Oujda - in the very east of Morocco, near the Algerian border

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