Fodor's Expert Review Medina

Tetouan Market/Bazaar

Tetouan's UNESCO-protected medina is one of Morocco's most compact and interesting spaces, and was particularly important in the 8th century, when it served as a connection point between Morocco and Andalusia. Surrounded by a wall and accessed by seven gates, it includes a rectilinear Jewish quarter, the Mellah, as well as exceptional 19th-century Spanish architecture from the period of the protectorate. Note the constantly flowing fountains, such as the one in the corner of Souk el Fouki; they are supplied by underground springs that have never stopped working and whose origins have never been explained. Crafts, second-hand clothing, food, and housewares markets are scattered through the medina in charming little squares such as Souk el Houts el Kadim (the old fish market) and L'Wusaa. Kharrazin is where animal hides are hung to dry in the sun, and through a door to the north you'll find debbagh, or the traditional leather treatment baths. Tetouan's medina is relatively straightforward,... READ MORE

Tetouan's UNESCO-protected medina is one of Morocco's most compact and interesting spaces, and was particularly important in the 8th century, when it served as a connection point between Morocco and Andalusia. Surrounded by a wall and accessed by seven gates, it includes a rectilinear Jewish quarter, the Mellah, as well as exceptional 19th-century Spanish architecture from the period of the protectorate. Note the constantly flowing fountains, such as the one in the corner of Souk el Fouki; they are supplied by underground springs that have never stopped working and whose origins have never been explained. Crafts, second-hand clothing, food, and housewares markets are scattered through the medina in charming little squares such as Souk el Houts el Kadim (the old fish market) and L'Wusaa. Kharrazin is where animal hides are hung to dry in the sun, and through a door to the north you'll find debbagh, or the traditional leather treatment baths. Tetouan's medina is relatively straightforward, so don't hesitate to deviate from the main path and explore; it's hard to get lost.

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Tetouan, Tanger-Tétouan  Morocco

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