‘The White Dove’ was the nickname that the Spaniards of the 19th century used to locate the ancient Muslim city of Tetouan, a Moroccan villa that seemed to leave cultural mating between the old Al – Andalus and modern Europe.
Andalusia and Morocco shook hands through the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar and shared whitewashed houses, white and shiny; paths and customs; squares and gardens.
That medina, a unique urban project with more than five centuries of history, could not be more than Word Heritage according to UNESCO.
The North of Morocco merges with the South of Spain, in a harmonic Arabesque in which you can’t know very well where Tetouan ends and Andalusia begins. Bathed by the Mediterranean, the tetounian region, with more than 7,000 years of history, has in its ancient Medina the crystallization of modernity, which came out of obligation, to accommodate the Moors expelled from Spain in the 16th century.
It is true that the ancient Medina of Tetouan is one of the smallest that exists in the country. However, its interest is deposited in the extraordinary faithfulness with which has been preserved, in such a way that it maintains practically intact its intricate layout.
The historic architectural charm is increased, if it is possible, with the presence of craftsmen and manufacturers, from street vendors, professional sellers and merchants who enliven, with his intense daily activity, the walk of the visitor.
See, smell and enjoy is all the tourist should do in Tetouan, getting transcend to a simple leisure escape through Morocco.
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