Regional Council of Tourism Tangier Tetouan Al Hoceima

The Medina of Tetouan

Medina de Tetuan
Medina de Tetuan
Medina de Tetuan

There is a very good reason to visit Tetouan's medina: in 1997, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The medina is distinguished by the whiteness of the walls of its houses up on a hill, earning it the nickname of 'The White Dove'.
The medina is a veritable labyrinth of narrow alleys, intriguing images, overlapping conversations, and delightful small artisanal shops, with its own pace of life governed by its extraordinary historical and cultural heritage.
Steep slopes also characterise the medina. Built high up as are other towns in this area, the medina leads up to the kasbah, perched on top of the hill.
Getting lost in its alleyways is not unpleasant; it's rather a privileged experience, enhanced by the pleasure in discovering the origins of its Andalusian families through the styles of the houses which rival each other.

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After visiting the medina, it's worth continuing your stroll through the Spanish quarter of Ensanche to discover its distinctive early twentieth-century architecture.

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