10 Best Things To Do In Tetouan, Morocco - Updated 2021

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Sowmya
Sowmya
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Nestled below the scenic Rif Mountains in northern Morocco, Tetouan is a small city that still exudes the charm of an authentic Andalusian city. Its relatively untouched medina (Old Town) is a UNESCO Heritage site with an atmospheric feel that will take you back in time. Wander around surrounded by striking historic buildings restored to display stunning Spanish architecture with beautiful facades and embellishments. The city is also well known for its delectable cuisines, a unique blend of Spanish and Moroccan styles. If you want to enjoy nature, then there are options like hiking and bird-watching in nearby natural reserves like Talassemtane National Park. Read on to find out about the best things to do in Tetouan, Morocco.

1. Appreciate Tétouan's ancient history at the Archaeological Museum

Ánfora romana en el Museo Arqueológico de Tetuán
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Jaro Varga used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Get insights into Tétouan’s pre-Islamic roots at the Archaeological Museum located close to Place Al Jala. This museum is dedicated to exhibiting artifacts found in archaeological digs in Northern Morocco, as well as the ruins of the Roman city Lixus. You will find here a good collection of pottery, tools, mosaics and bronze objects among other things. Be sure to spend time exploring its garden, which showcases several large mosaics. One of its not-to-be-missed displays is the stunning Roman mosaic of The Three Graces.

Archeological Museum

Address: Avenue Mohamed Ben Larbi Torres, Tétouan

Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 10:30am - 5:30pm (closed on Tue)

Price: 10 DHS/ 1 USD

2. Visit the city's sole church Iglesia de Bacturia

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Victoria (Tetuán)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Jaro Varga used under CC BY-SA 3.0

You can’t miss visiting Tetouan’s only church, Iglesia de Bacturia, a bright yellow colored building located on Place Moulay El Mehdi. Built in 1917, the church is a remnant of the Spaniards’ early presence in the area. The church is still active, with mass being held every day and its bells ringing on the hour. The decor is simple though you will see a blend of both Spanish and Moroccan design patters across the building.

Iglesia de Bacturia

Address: Place Moulay El Mehdi, Tetouan

3. Marvel at traditional Moroccan artistry at Riad el Reducto

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Riads are traditional Moroccan houses that feature authentic decor and furnishings. Located close to the Royal Palace, this riad is a popular landmark in the city, having been featured in several films. There’s a restaurant inside that’s a great place to sample traditional Tetuani cuisines as well as Spanish dishes. Spend some time here to appreciate the beauty of the interiors that showcase a mix of traditional Moroccan and Spanish styles featuring stunning chandeliers, tapestries and ceiling carvings. The riad also acts as a hotel offering five guestrooms.

Riad el Reducto

Address: Mechwar, Essaid Zanqat Zawya kadiriya N° 38, Tetouan

Website: Riad el Reducto

4. Enjoy Moroccan films at Tétouan International Mediterranean Film Festival

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Held every year in March, the Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival celebrates the best of Mediterranean cinema. The fest lasts for around 10 days, during which time, a varied selection of films and documentaries by Mediterranean artists is shown in venues across the city. The film festival also awards artists across numerous categories including best film, best actor/actress, best documentary among others. Discussions and interactions with luminaries from the film, media and art world are also organized.

Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival

Address: National Institute of Fine Arts, School complex, Avenue Mohamed V, Tétouan

Website: The Festival of Mediterranean Cinema of Tetouan

When: Every March

5. Have dinner at Lorizon

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Lorizon on Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Earlier known as La Table du Marché Mdieq Tetouan, Lorizon is a restaurant renowned not only for its seafood dishes but also its unique setting. Located over water and linked to the dock by a pathway, the restaurant offers magnificent sea and city views that are not to be missed. The dishes to try here include calamari and paella.

Lorizon

Address: Port de Plaisance, M'diq

Website: Lorizon

Opening hours: 12pm - 1am (daily)

6. Learn about Tétouan's culture at the Ethnographic Museum

Interior del Museo de Etnografía de Tetuán 05
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Jaro Varga used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Set inside the former fortress of the Sultan Moulay Abderrahman, the Ethnographic Museum is dedicated to highlighting the ethnic traditions, culture as well as artistic treasures of the region. Inside the museum, you will find displays of antiquities, costumes, crafts, jewelry, weapons and mosaics that showcase the rich heritage of the local Moroccan community. One of its top features is the Trousseau Room, which has collections related to a traditional Tetouan marriage - clothing, bridal wear, gifts, musical instruments, are all displayed here.

The Ethnographic Museum

Address: Avenue Skala, 65 Bab El Okla, Tétouan

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

Price: 10 DHS/1 USD

7. Sample Tétouan cuisines on a food tour (from USD 55.0)

Take the opportunity to experience the standout flavors of Moroccan cuisines during your visit to Tetouan with a food tour. You can sample authentic dishes guided by a local enthusiast who will give you an insider understanding of the cultural and historical aspects related to the city itself and the food too. Savor local specialties including desserts, street food and a traditional meal as you explore top culinary spots of the city as a part of the tour.

Tetouan Food Tour

Duration: 3 hours

8. Admire the local art at Tetouan Museum of Modern Art

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by ‎Centro de Arte Moderno de Tetuan • مركز تطوان للفن الحديث‎ on Sunday, May 24, 2020

The building that houses the Tetouan Museum of Modern Art is in itself a striking sight. A former railway station of Tetouan, it features traditional Morrocan windows and Spanish castle-influenced design. The brightly lit museum contains five exhibition rooms featuring a range of paintings and sculptures by notable Moroccan artists across different styles, such as contemporary, abstract and impressionistic. The museum’s verdant garden is also a favored spot for visitors to relax.

Tetouan Museum of Modern Art

Address: S/N, Avenue Al Massira, Tétouan

Website: Tetouan Museum of Modern Art

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 9:30am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

Price: 10 DHS/ 1 USD

9. Admire Spanish-themed buildings along the Ensanche

Tetouan, Morocco (8141893705)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user yeowatzup used under CC BY 2.0

Stroll along the wide boulevard of El Ensanche to appreciate the restored beauty of bright Spanish-pattern colonial buildings that line the street. Restored recently, the street goes from Place Al Jala to Place Moulayel-Mehdi close to Ave Mohammed V, and it has hotels, restaurants and a broad range of commercial establishments. Pay attention to the architecture of the buildings to see the varied architectural touches including the art-deco elements.

Ensanche

Address: Ave Mohammed V, Tetouan

10. Visit Barbary Macaque Awareness & Conservation

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

A workshop about Old World Monkeys (which includes macaques) is being organised by our supporter GaiaZoo in The Netherlands in 29th June - 1st July. Find out more from the poster.

Posted by Barbary Macaque Awareness & Conservation on Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Barbary Macaque Awareness & Conservation works in the region to protect the endangered Barbary macaque. Along with working actively in the field towards the conservation of the species and its habitat, the NGO also conducts a variety of educational programs like workshops for children and adults, which are worth a visit if you are a nature lover.

Barbary Macaque Awareness & Conservation

Address: Rue Fez 22, Tétouan

Website: Barbary Macaque Awareness & Conservation

An exotic location you won't forget

This list of the best things to do in Tetouan, Morocco is a wonderful way to experience all that this historic city has to offer. In addition to these, chalk out some time to explore the souk district that can be found inside the medina. This colorful market has a whole range of shops selling anything from clothes to spices as well as jewelry, making it the perfect place to buy souvenirs to take back home! Even if you do not want to buy anything, the market is a good place to observe the local way of life.

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