Tetouan Tourist Attractions
A white Andalusian city set upon the Mediterranean Sea near Tangier, Tetouan traces its origins back to third century B.C. Then it was a settlement called Tamouda which existed until A.D. 42 when it was destroyed by Roman armies.
When the Merinid sultan Abu Thabit constructed a kasbah at Tetouan in 1307, the Muslim city began to find its form. However, as a refuge for Barbary pirates, Tetouan drew the wrath of the Castilian King Henry III whose forces overran the city and sacked it in 1399. For a century thereafter Tetouan went into a period of decline until coming under the Andalucian influence of refugees from Granada. From 1484 the city took on some of the rich architectural and cultural character of Muslim Spain, traces of which can still be seen today. In 1913 Tetouan became the capital of Spain's protectorate until independence in 1956.Located in an agricultural area, Tetouan today is a market center where grain, livestock, citrus fruit and handicrafts are traded. In addition, a variety of goods are manufactured in and around the city, including tobacco, soap, matches, building materials and textiles. The town's principal industries are printing, cabinet-making and fish-canning.
Built in 1943, this museum features antiquities from sites in northern Morocco including the superb Roman mosaic, The Three Graces. Prehistoric tools, coins, bronzes and pottery are also on display. Most of the figurine collection dates from the A.D. first century. The museum also houses a library of over 60,000 volumes dedicated to the preservation of North African literature.
Many specialists have said of all the medinas in Morocco, the one in Tetouan is the finest because of the quality of its buildings and its authenticity. It has retained an Andalusian soul which makes this the most Hispano-Moorish of Moroccan cities.
Once the fortress of Sultan Moulay Abderrahman, the Ethnographic Museum was established in this structure in 1948. Moroccan customs and traditions from marriage ceremonies to the simplest accouterments of Moroccan living are displayed here.
Martil is located 10km/6mi to the east of Tetouan. It is a typical fishing port and a popular coastal resort. There are many hotels and restaurants serving the catch of the day.
El Fouki Bread Market
The El Foki market sells many different types of bread including the traditional flat round loaves.
Guersa El Kébira
Within the medina, the Guersa El Kébira quarter has a market of fabrics and clothing traders.
The Khalifa Palace is a fine example of Hispano-Moorish architecture. Built in the 17th century by Moulay Ismaïl during is reign.
El Hot Market
The El Hot market sells beautiful ceramic work and items made by the goldsmith.
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