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[[Image:DSCF4129.JPG|thumb|300px|The Royal Palace of Tétouan.]]
 
'''Tetouan''' is a city in [[Mediterranean Morocco]].
 
'''Tetouan''' is a city in [[Mediterranean Morocco]].
  
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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Both the CTM bus station as well as the non-CTM bus station are located in the center, though the walk from the CTM station to the center is a hike up a rather steep hill.
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The city center is quite small and most tourist attractions-- as well as hotels-- are located there, so there really is no need to use petite taxis.  But if you choose to stay at one of the hotels on the way to Martil (Champs or Dreams) petite taxis and grand taxis are always available. 
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Petite taxis are very cheap, though the fare increases if you have luggage.
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Though there is a decent-sized public bus system, they are notorious for running late and being filthy.
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To get to nearby beaches, like Martil, Cabo Negro, Ricon, Marina Smir, and Kabila, grand taxis are easily found at a bottom of Rue Moulay Abbas (the road running along the park, beautiful views of the Rif Mountains).  The fare for a single passenger to Martil is 5 dirham, but if you want a little more room you should purchase two seats.  For less popular destinations, like Marina Smir, or for a more direct route to beaches like Cabo Negro and Kabila which require two differnt grand taxi rides, some travelers choose to bargain with the driver to purchase the whole taxi.  This is often more expensive, but well worth it considering the time saved and the increased comfort.  Drivers are often very happy to arrange to pick up passengers after their day at the beach, saving travelers time as well as hassle.
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===Climate===
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Tetouan enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The average summer temperature is 35 degrees Celcius, while the average winter temperature is a wholly comfortable 22 degrees Celcius.
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The city boasts an amazing amount of annual sunshine.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
* The '''medina''' is a [[UNESCO World Heritage List|UNESCO World Heritage Site]].
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* The '''Medina''' is a [[UNESCO World Heritage List|UNESCO World Heritage Site]]. Unlike any other Moroccan Medina, Tetouan offers a unique perspective on the multicultural history of northern Morocco and, because of it's relatively small size, it offers visitors a chance to explore without getting hopelessly lost.  There are three distinct sections of the Medina, the Andalusian, the Jewish, and the Berber sections, though the untrained eye might have trouble distinguishing between the three.  Be sure to hire a guide and you'll enjoy the medina that much more.
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* '''Mohammed V Ave'''. A pedestrian only road in the center.  Filled with people in the evenings, after the day's heat has passed.  Mohammed V is filled with dozens of cafes, teleboutiques, restaurants, tourist shops, and street vendors.  Further down the street you'll find a used book sellers, offering books in a wide variety of languages, and then the king's palace.
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==Do==
 
==Do==
  
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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* Restaurant Restinga
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* Ali Baba
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* El Reducto
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* Birjiss
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*<eat name="Pannini" alt="" address="5-6 Ave Mohammed Ben Aboud" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="13-20 dh for a sandwich" lat="" long="">Small shop offering sandwiches made to order. Pick your fillings:  meats, veggies, sauces, etc. Baguette sandwiches start at 13 dh (unless you get a small), and paninis are about 20 dh.</eat>
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* Jenin
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*<eat name="Blanco Riad" alt="" address="25 rue Zawiya Kadiria" directions="" phone="0539704202" url="http://blancoriad.com/" hours="" price="160 dh for 3 course menu" lat="" long="">Nice restaurant located inside hotel, but open to non-guests. Offers 3-course menu of delicious local foods for 160 dh. Need to order in advance, so stop by or call at least 30 minutes ahead of time.</eat>
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*<eat name="Dallas" alt="" address="11 Rue Youssef Ben Tachfine" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Small teashop/patisserie with lots of sweets and baked goods on offer. Brownies for 5 dh; croissants 2 dh; pot of (very sweet) tea 8 dh. Small, somewhat dark seating area in the back, filled with both women and men.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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Za3Za3 is one of the most locally famous juices. It's a kind of milk-shake with avocado, banana, apple, some almonds, and some other ingredients.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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* Hotel Panorama
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* Hotel Iberia
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* Hotel Principe
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* El Reducto
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* Riad Dalia
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* El bico
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*<sleep name="Blanco Riad" alt="" address="25 rue Zawiya Kadiria" directions="" phone="0539704202" url="http://blancoriad.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="60-160 euros/night" lat="" long="">Beautiful hotel in a restored riad with lovely touches, such as stained glass windows on room doors. Located just inside the medina. Friendly staff, nice garden area with a resident turtle, and good restaurant. Free breakfast and wifi. Small double rooms are 60 euros/night, larger ones are 90 euros, and one large suite is offered at 160 euros. </sleep>
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
 
Be alert at the bus station here; since many travelers only pass through, this is a popular spot for touts. When attempting to purchase a ticket, only talk with someone behind one of the counters, not with anyone standing anywhere near it. Some even have friends working in the bus station who will back them up in their attempt to divert you into an expensive taxi by agreeing that there are no buses to your destination. Be persistent, and show a willingness to wait as long as it takes.
 
Be alert at the bus station here; since many travelers only pass through, this is a popular spot for touts. When attempting to purchase a ticket, only talk with someone behind one of the counters, not with anyone standing anywhere near it. Some even have friends working in the bus station who will back them up in their attempt to divert you into an expensive taxi by agreeing that there are no buses to your destination. Be persistent, and show a willingness to wait as long as it takes.
  
Think carefully if you really want to come here, there is a nasty vibe in the air and the hassle has non of the friendly nature you get in the rest of Morroco. Be careful if you want to venture out at night.
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While some complain this town is filled with hustlers and hasslers, others find it charming and a perfect place to make some Moroccan friends, especially if you speak Spanish.
 
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Don't eat the kababs, unless you want the town to become even more unpleasant.
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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Revision as of 06:53, 21 November 2012

The Royal Palace of Tétouan.

Tetouan is a city in Mediterranean Morocco.

Contents

Get in

As a transportation hub in the north, Tetouan is very easy to reach by bus or grand taxi. Many travelers only see the bus station en route from Ceuta or Tangier to Chefchaouen, but it is well worth a longer visit.

Get around

Both the CTM bus station as well as the non-CTM bus station are located in the center, though the walk from the CTM station to the center is a hike up a rather steep hill.

The city center is quite small and most tourist attractions-- as well as hotels-- are located there, so there really is no need to use petite taxis. But if you choose to stay at one of the hotels on the way to Martil (Champs or Dreams) petite taxis and grand taxis are always available.

Petite taxis are very cheap, though the fare increases if you have luggage.

Though there is a decent-sized public bus system, they are notorious for running late and being filthy.

To get to nearby beaches, like Martil, Cabo Negro, Ricon, Marina Smir, and Kabila, grand taxis are easily found at a bottom of Rue Moulay Abbas (the road running along the park, beautiful views of the Rif Mountains). The fare for a single passenger to Martil is 5 dirham, but if you want a little more room you should purchase two seats. For less popular destinations, like Marina Smir, or for a more direct route to beaches like Cabo Negro and Kabila which require two differnt grand taxi rides, some travelers choose to bargain with the driver to purchase the whole taxi. This is often more expensive, but well worth it considering the time saved and the increased comfort. Drivers are often very happy to arrange to pick up passengers after their day at the beach, saving travelers time as well as hassle.

Climate

Tetouan enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The average summer temperature is 35 degrees Celcius, while the average winter temperature is a wholly comfortable 22 degrees Celcius.

The city boasts an amazing amount of annual sunshine.

See

  • The Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unlike any other Moroccan Medina, Tetouan offers a unique perspective on the multicultural history of northern Morocco and, because of it's relatively small size, it offers visitors a chance to explore without getting hopelessly lost. There are three distinct sections of the Medina, the Andalusian, the Jewish, and the Berber sections, though the untrained eye might have trouble distinguishing between the three. Be sure to hire a guide and you'll enjoy the medina that much more.
  • Mohammed V Ave. A pedestrian only road in the center. Filled with people in the evenings, after the day's heat has passed. Mohammed V is filled with dozens of cafes, teleboutiques, restaurants, tourist shops, and street vendors. Further down the street you'll find a used book sellers, offering books in a wide variety of languages, and then the king's palace.

Do

There is an old Kasbah on the top of the hill overlooking the town, with a good view of the mountains if you have a few hours to kill.

Buy

Eat

  • Restaurant Restinga
  • Ali Baba
  • El Reducto
  • Birjiss
  • Pannini, 5-6 Ave Mohammed Ben Aboud. Small shop offering sandwiches made to order. Pick your fillings: meats, veggies, sauces, etc. Baguette sandwiches start at 13 dh (unless you get a small), and paninis are about 20 dh. 13-20 dh for a sandwich.
  • Jenin
  • Blanco Riad, 25 rue Zawiya Kadiria, 0539704202, [1]. Nice restaurant located inside hotel, but open to non-guests. Offers 3-course menu of delicious local foods for 160 dh. Need to order in advance, so stop by or call at least 30 minutes ahead of time. 160 dh for 3 course menu.
  • Dallas, 11 Rue Youssef Ben Tachfine. Small teashop/patisserie with lots of sweets and baked goods on offer. Brownies for 5 dh; croissants 2 dh; pot of (very sweet) tea 8 dh. Small, somewhat dark seating area in the back, filled with both women and men.

Drink

Za3Za3 is one of the most locally famous juices. It's a kind of milk-shake with avocado, banana, apple, some almonds, and some other ingredients.

Sleep

  • Hotel Panorama
  • Hotel Iberia
  • Hotel Principe
  • El Reducto
  • Riad Dalia
  • El bico
  • Blanco Riad, 25 rue Zawiya Kadiria, 0539704202, [2]. Beautiful hotel in a restored riad with lovely touches, such as stained glass windows on room doors. Located just inside the medina. Friendly staff, nice garden area with a resident turtle, and good restaurant. Free breakfast and wifi. Small double rooms are 60 euros/night, larger ones are 90 euros, and one large suite is offered at 160 euros. 60-160 euros/night.

Stay safe

Be alert at the bus station here; since many travelers only pass through, this is a popular spot for touts. When attempting to purchase a ticket, only talk with someone behind one of the counters, not with anyone standing anywhere near it. Some even have friends working in the bus station who will back them up in their attempt to divert you into an expensive taxi by agreeing that there are no buses to your destination. Be persistent, and show a willingness to wait as long as it takes.

While some complain this town is filled with hustlers and hasslers, others find it charming and a perfect place to make some Moroccan friends, especially if you speak Spanish.

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