Top ChoiceNotable Building in Tetouan

Royal Artisan School

Just outside Bab El Okla is the best artisan centre in northern Morocco. This is a fascinating opportunity to see masters teaching apprentices traditional arts, including ornamental woodwork, silk costumes,...

Top ChoiceMoroccan in Tetouan

Blanco Riad

The menu at this elegant riad is a cut above the usual. A big change from the standard tajine menu, it features some innovative Moroccan dishes and is heavy on local seasonal produce. The garden is pleasant in...

Top ChoiceArea in Tetouan

Medina

Tetouan's medina is an authentic time machine, with buildings that have witnessed centuries of history. The medina is also very traveller-friendly, with moped-free lanes, few street hustlers, amiable residents...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Tetouan

Tetouan Museum of Modern Art

Tetouan boasts one of only two schools of fine arts in Morocco (Casablanca has the other), so it's fitting that this museum should live here. The building itself is worth a visit: a magnificent...

Live Music in Tetouan

Cafe Kharrazin

Every night starting around 8pm, young locals pull out their guitars and jam outside a cafe in the heart of the medina. The ambience is vibrant and the music soulful. Order a tea and don't be shy about pulling up...

Moroccan in Tetouan

El Reducto

Tuck into traditional Moroccan (and some Spanish) fare in the grand surroundings of this old house, which once belonged to a Moroccan vizier and is decorated with antique glazed Seville tiles. Desserts are...

Landmark in Tetouan

Place Hassan II

The broad and empty Place Hassan II, which is mostly roped off for security reasons, links the medina to the Ensanche. It looks like it houses the Wizard of Oz, with guards standing in front of the long flat...

Park in Tetouan

Feddan Park

Feddan Park used to be what's currently known as Place Hassan II, but it was destroyed following the Spanish protectorate to make room for the Royal Palace. Locals who missed the park (some say they met their...

Juice Bar in Tetouan

Za3Za3

This is where locals say za3za3 (zeh-zeh; meaning 'craziness') began. The owner decided to blend fruit with avocado and top it with nuts, dried fruit, hunks of fresh fruit and honey. Flan is often involved....

Historic Site in Tetouan

Ensanche

Restored to resemble the era when Tetouan was capital of the Spanish protectorate, this broad boulevard along Ave Mohammed V from Place Al Jala to Place Moulayel-Mehdi is lined with bright Spanish colonial...

Cultural Centre in Tetouan

Dar El Oddi

The wealthy El Oddi family graciously opened their sparkling family riad to the public as a cultural centre in 2018, celebrating their beloved Tetouan. Exhibits consist of pictures, maps and vibrant postcards and...

Bar in Tetouan

Casa de España

It looks like a living room, with a leather couch facing a fireplace, TV and football trophies, but in fact Casa de España is one of Tetouan's few bars. Plates of tapas come with every drink; if you're hungry,...

Arts & Crafts in Tetouan

Dar Lebadi

The shopping palace of the medina, this 200-year-old building, a former governor’s house, has been meticulously restored. It is a clearing house for Berber artisans and Rabati carpets, and has friendly staff....

Fast Food in Tetouan

Chawarma Chand Acham

This little snack bar has a Syrian influence and does good falafel and shawarma, as well as inexpensive pizzas, burgers and sandwiches. There’s a small seating area upstairs (handy if you’re waiting for a pizza),...

Market in Tetouan

Leather Souq

Next to Tetouan's tannery, where you can see how the cow hides get their shades, the leather souq features traditional Moroccan shoes, jackets and bags. Many of the products have been made with methods passed...

Seafood in Tetouan

La Esquina del Pescado

Just west of Place Moulay El Mehdi is this ocean-blue restaurant that serves a wide selection of grilled and fried fish. Portion sizes are excellent for the price and the poisson friture (fried fish platter) is a...

Pastries in Tetouan

Dallas

Yes, it is named after the TV show, but the moniker has no bearing on this place, a patisserie stacked to the rafters with plates of pastries. This is where local families come to load up on sweets and savoury pies.

Moroccan in Tetouan

Restaurant Restinga

The open-air courtyard shaded by a huge ficus tree is this charming restaurant’s primary attraction – along with the rare alcohol licence. A great place to duck out of the crowded boulevard for a rest and a beer,...

Art in Tetouan

Voix de Femmes

Since 2008 this festival has highlighted female artists – both Moroccan and international – with expositions by artisanal cooperatives and concerts open to the public. It's a fine extension of Tetouan's artistic...

Mosque in Tetouan

Grande Mosquée

Built in 1808 on the ruins of a smaller mosque, the Grand Mosquée has one of the largest minarets in Tetouan – you'll have to tilt your head way up to see the top if you're in the medina street. Non-Muslims are...