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Things to do in Tetouan

Things to do in Tetouan

In Tetuan the activities are mainly diurnal. Fill your agenda with cultural visits, walks, meals here and there and at the end of the day have something at a cafe or dinner in a restaurant. If you don't have a plan yet, here I'll propose some.

The Old Medina

The Old Medina

If this is your first visit, you should take a long walk through the old Medina, it's very entertaining, full of life, and apart from learning history and Tetuan culture, you can buy genuine local crafts. The Tetouan Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage place and it's well worth it! Remember that you can download the Map and Guide Medina to move like fish in water in a very short time.
Handicrafts

Handicrafts

Another spot to visit is the School of Arts and Crafts that is in Bab el Okla. You will be able to see future craftsmen learning to work wood, embroidery, silk, tiles ... with typical Tetouan techniques. The tickets costs 10dh and you can make a route through the building, being able to visit each one of the classrooms.
Museums and galeries

Museums and galeries

The Archaeological Museum is very close to the Fénix building, next to the Royal Palace, or the Museum of Contemporary Art in the old train station. In Saida Art Contemporain gallery (at Bab Saida) you can see works by contemporary Moroccan artists.

Other cultural activities

Find out about the events of the Instituto Cervantes or the French Institute, there are always some concerts, exhibitions, talks ... Unfortunately the cultural activities of the city are not very good promoted, many times you find out about things when they have already happened so it is best to ask your friends, at the hotel where you stay etc. Don't expect to see signs or something like a "Time Out Guide" on the streets. Only some of the centers that I appoint above usually promote their events.
Spend the afternoon in Rincon (Mdiq)

Spend the afternoon in Rincon (Mdiq)

If you fancy visiting the coast, you can go to Rincon (a village 20 minutes away to Tetouan in the road to Ceuta) and eat sardines there. In the port area there are many beach bars that basically serve only that: sardines, grilled shrimp and fish, baisara, salad...

If you want more variety of fish, sit to enjoy the views and even have a beer I recommend you "The Crocodile Restaurant", beautiful fish dishes and good price. Then you can have coffee at any of the terraces with views by the beach, take a walk or visit the village and do some shopping. I recommend you read this section where I explain how to get around by taxi in Tetouan and surroundings, there you will find all the information about the taxis to Rincon.

Go to the Hammam

Do not miss it, it is an experience and really worth it. There are many hammams, especially in the old medina (the most popular), but also in other neighborhoods.

Places to eat in the center of the city

If you are looking for a restaurant you can go to El Riad Blanco, El Reducto, or the Esquinita del pescado. They all serve typical Moroccan and international dishes. If you are looking for something more popular you can go to La Unión (In the Phoenix Building, next to the Royal Palace) they have good food, very central and cheap. If you prefer something fast or to take away I recommend you ask for a sandwich at any of the snacks bars that you'll find all around the city.
The Beach

The Beach

The entire coast that surrounds Tetuan is filled with long beaches of golden sand. In winter you can go for a walk or eat in villages like Martil or Rincon. In summer you can spend an authentic day at the beach. If you like to wear a bikini you can go to beaches like Kabila, on the road to Ceuta and then have dinner in Rincon which is very close. There are buses and public taxis that take you easily to that area from Tetouan, but in summer the traffic is considerable so keep that in mind.
Boanan

Boanan

If you come with a little more time you should go up to Bo3anan, the mountain area that is across the valley. There is a very special beach bar, do not expect great luxuries, but it's worth sitting in the dining room, watching the views of Tetuan and looking at every detail of the establishment ... because it could not be any more sureal!. They serve good tajines, baisar, salads ... they probably will not give you any cutlery, so it will be a good time to practice "eating the Moroccan way". Outside, on the hillside, there are chairs where you can sit for tea and enjoy the views. It's a rural area so don't be surprised to see chickens or goats among the chairs ...

Take a look at this post dedicated to tetouani gastronomy and start choosing from the menu :)

La Merienda

La Merienda

Merienda is a Spanish custom that consists of taking a coffee or tea in the afternoon with some pastries or a sandwich. In Tetuan is sacred and if you come here then you should join the custom and have some. You will see that the whole city is like an ode to the sweet, they sell cakes and pastries on the street, in cafes, in bakeries ... there are also many places to go for coffee or tea, so there are no excuses! I really like the Palmera Café, which is located on one of the sides of the Royal Palace. There they don't serve any pastries (although you can see vendors with trays selling them) so go first to some bakery, buy something to eat and take it there. It's an outdoor place, surrounded by palm trees and is great when there is good weather. It's the place 'par excellence' to go to play parcheesi (unofficial national sport) so you will see all (young people and not that young) playing parcheesi with passion. Just to see "the show" is worth it.

And here is a sample of things to do in Tetouan, remember to visit the Medina a lot, and mix with the Moroccans who will help you to spend a wonderful day. Do you want to propose another plan? Any restaurant or cafe? Another place to visit? Leave your comment!

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