Tetouan

Situated near the Rif Mountains, with an ocean view, the city of Tetouan provided a delightful scene for self-touring.

We took a day trip to Tetouan with our friends, Jean and Yolène (Caffe Latte). To sample the city’s architecture and art, we began our day with a visit to the Modern Art Museum which is housed in a converted train station.

The medina was not overly crowded and we enjoyed strolling down meandering narrow streets. Tetouan had several magnificent mosques. Although we cannot enter, we did admire the minarets and managed to take a peek inside one mosque while the doors were open at the end of prayer. From the street vendors, we sampled delectable sweets. Flacky pastries in Morocco are often filled with overly sweetened variations of almond paste or peanut butter; we’ve rarely been disappointed.

At the souk, we admired Tetouan’s artisanal leather items and wooden carvings. The souk was crowded, but nobody was pressuring us to purchase so we casually browsed used items and touristy knick-knacks. You never know what you’ll find in Morocco but certainly everything you can imagine is available!

Beyond the medina walls, the open space was a relief after touring the congested souk. We made our way toward Palace Square, where we took a coffee break, and then ventured into the modern area of Tetouan. We made some great memories with Jean and Yolene. As every place we’d visited in Morocco, Tetouan had its own flair!

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