Tetouan in Morocco is a city in the Mediterranean region.
How do I get there?
Tetouan in Morocco is easily accessible by cab or bus as a transit center in northern Morocco. Many travelers merely stop in Tetouan on their route from Ceuta or Tangier to Chefchaouen, but if you have the time, it’s worth spending a few days there.
A transfer is another option for getting around. The scenery is beautiful, and you can observe it along the route. Various taxi companies in Tangier offer transports to Tetouan as well as day trips that must be reserved in advance. On the road to Chefchaouen, a stop at Tetouan is not a terrible idea. Prices for a trip from Tangier to Tetouan vary, but a day tour should cost around 100 euros and a one-way shuttle should cost around 60 euros.
Tangier Taxi may be found on Route California 2, Tangier, Morocco. Transfers, day trips, and excursions to Tetouan are available. A little more pricey than a public cab, but still acceptable. The vehicles are air-conditioned, and the drivers are fluent in English. A day’s travel from Tangier to Tetouan costs 89 euros.
When it’s in season, of course. When it’s best to go
Tetouan has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and pleasant winters. The average summer temperature is 35 degrees Celsius, while the average winter temperature is a comforting 22 degrees.
Tetouan in Morocco – Monthly weather
The main attractions. What to see
A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unlike other medinas in Morocco, Tetouan’s medina has the imprint of northern Morocco’s multinational heritage. Because of its modest size, it is difficult to become lost in the medina when walking through the city. The medina is separated into three quarters: Andalusian, Jewish, and Berber, which untrained visitors would find difficult to differentiate. Hire a guide for a far more enjoyable excursion.
Mohammed V Avenue
The only street in the center that is close to automobiles. It gets very busy at night when the temperature drops. Mohammed V Street is lined with dozens of cafes, boutiques, restaurants, souvenir shops, and street vendor booths. Further down the street, there are secondhand book dealers selling books in many languages, as well as the government palace.
Food. What You Should Try
- Restaurant Restinga.
- Restaurant Ali Baba.
- Restaurant El Reducto.
- Birjiss is a fast food establishment.
5-6 Mohammed Ben Aboud Avenue is the address of Pannini Diner (Ave Mohammed Ben Aboud). A little diner where you can buy sandwiches with various toppings such as meat, vegetables, sauces, and so on. Baguette sandwiches start at AED 13 (smaller ones are less expensive), while panning is priced at AED 20.
- Café Jenin.
- The Blanco Riad restaurant on 25 rue Zawiya Kadiria is open to the public as well as guests. For AED 160, the restaurant provides a three-course set menu featuring outstanding local cuisine. Reservations are essential, so make sure you have at least 30 minutes to spare if you wish to dine in advance.
Many sweets and pastries are available at the modest Dallas tea and pastry shop. Brownies are five dirhams while croissants are two dirhams. A teapot of really sweet tea costs 8 dirhams. Women, as well as men, sit in the little, gloomy passageway at the back of the store.
One of the most famous local drinks is Za3Za3. It is a kind of milkshake with avocado, banana, apple, almonds, and other ingredients.
Safety. What to watch out for
Be careful when you buy your ticket at the bus station. Since some tourists are just passing through, this is a popular place for scammers. When you buy a bus ticket, only talk to the people behind the counters, not those nearby. However, friends of many scammers may also work behind the counter and help cab drivers convince you to go with them by telling you that there are no buses. Be persistent and show that you are willing to wait as long as it takes.
While some complain that the city is full of crooks, others find Tetouan in Morocco a nice, wonderful place to make Moroccan friends, especially if you know Spanish.
What to do?
At the top of the hill is an old fortress that overlooks the mountains and the city. It can be visited if you need to kill a few hours.
How to get around the city
The CTM bus terminal, as well as the non-CTM bus terminal, are in the center of town, which is reached by climbing a steep hill.
The city center is quite small, but most of the attractions and hotels are there, so there is no need to take a cab. However, if you are staying in one of the hotels on your way to Martil, you can always get to the center by Grand (grand taxis) or Petite cabs (petite cabs). By the way, I usually look for hotels on the hotel bookings here, and you can compare prices from different sites here. It happens, that the locals rent private apartments for tourists, you can search for such proposals in this section Travelasq.
Petite cabs are quite cheap, although the price increases slightly if you go with luggage.
Some buses run to various destinations in the city, but they are notorious for dirty cabs and perpetual delays.
At the end of Rue Moulay Abbas, you can easily catch a Grand Taxi to reach nearby beaches: Martil, Cabo Negro, Ricon, Marina Smir, and Kabila. On the way through the park, you can admire the view of the Rif Mountains. The fare to Martil is AED 5 per passenger but if you need a bit more room, pay for two seats.
If you need to go to less popular beaches, such as Marina Smir, or beaches you have to transfer to, you can negotiate with the driver to rent a cab. It’s usually more expensive, but the comfort and time saved is worth it. Drivers like to pick up passengers in the evening from the beaches, thus saving them time and effort.
Please keep in mind that we are a tour agency serving as a starting point for excursions from many different Moroccan cities.