Characteristics of the city

Tetuan is the Hispano-Moroccan city of Morocco. cultural center of the region of Tangier, Tetuan is marked by the Andalusian culture. This gives it a unique character. Tetuan is also a cosmopolitan city. Since 1997, the kasbah, small houses and palaces have preserved an Andalusian architecture and Medina of Tetuan is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO

Number of inhabitants

Tetuan inhabitants more than 320,000 inhabitants (estimated 2004) .


It was the third century before J.-C. when Tetuan was founded. It was rebuilt in the late fifteenth century by Sidi Ali Al-Mandari to become a venue for the Andalusian civilization. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Tetuan known military confrontation with Spain and Portugal and trade with Europe grows from the eighteenth century. In the nineteenth century, Tetuan is facing several humanitarian disasters like the great plague in 1818, then the famine in 1825. In 1860, the Spanish troops invade the city and retire in 1862, after the payment of compensation which ruins the economy. It was not until the twentieth century that Tetuan experienced a new political development, economic and artistic, as the capital of the Spanish protectorate in northern Morocco.


Tetuan is in the north of Morocco and the mountains of the western Rif, on the coast of merd’Alboran. The city is located 60 kilometers from Tangier.

How to get around town?

The city of Tetuan offers bus and taxi to get around. It is convenient to move around the city thanks to the many bus lines. Collective and individual taxis offer their services in Tetuan.


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