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Tétouan: Off the Beaten Track Morocco – Tour from the Costa del Sol

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Highlights

  • Tétouan is off the tourist track and gives you the chance to experience authentic Morocco
  • Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by high speed catamaran
  • Your orientation tour includes the Medina and the Royal Palace
  • Tour is led by a local expert guide

Overview

A visit to the beautiful and quiet town of Tetuan in Morocco is truly an interesting and stimulating experience. Tetuan is the only Moroccan port on the Mediterranean coast. Located about 60 kilometres from Tangier, the city has had a rich and tumultuous past.

It has been ruled by the Spanish, French and the Arabs at different times in its history. This is evident in the street signs and the languages that the locals speak. French, Spanish and Arabic are widely spoken.

The city has a beautiful setting with the Rif Mountains forming a dramatic backdrop. Within the white-walled houses are beautifully tiled and carved ceilings and walls. The beauty and style reflect the Alhambra of Granada, Spain.

Tetouan may not be as well known as some of Morocco’s other cities but its beauty, setting and relatively low tourist population make it worthwhile visiting.

Itinerary

The tour of Tetuan begins with a morning pick up from your designated spot, please be at your chosen pick-up point at least 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will travel in an air-conditioned coach along the coastal road to the southern port town of Algeçiras. The journey will take approximately 3½ hours with a stop en route.

On arrival at Algeçiras you will cross over to Cueta – a small and attractive Spanish enclave on the Moroccan coast - by a fast catamaran ferry. The ferry crossing is a time to relax and enjoy the sea breeze as the trip takes about 45 minutes each way.

On disembarking at Cueta, a local guide will take you by bus across the border and into Morocco. The coach drives along the coastal road for about half an hour before turning inland to the picturesque Moroccan town of Tetuan. The coach arrives at Tetuan between 1000h (10:00am) and 1100h (11:00am).

On arrival into the modern part of Tetuan, you will be taken around on a tour of this ancient and interesting city.

Some of the sights you will see here are:

The Medina (old town) of Tetuan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The medieval inner-city incorporates the traditional Moorish/North African styles and retains all the characteristics of the region. You can see the locals of Tetuan in their traditional costume, the winding narrow lanes, tiny shops, lovely serene mosques, bakeries (with enticing aromas) and other time-honoured businesses will surely take you back to a far different time.

The Royal Palace, located at the Mohammed V Square, is situated just outside the Medina.

The Museum of Arts is another fascinating place to visit, filled with an interesting collection of Moroccan art.

The city is famous for its low white houses and traditional skills and crafts like weaving, jewellery design and leather works. You will also get a demonstration of herbal medicines and cosmetics on a visit to a traditional herbalist.

During the course of your tour there will be a break for some lunch in a typically decorated Moroccon restaurant in town. Waiters will serve you soup, couscous with chicken & vegetables and a typical sticky pastry for dessert (vegetarian option available). Drinks are not included but water, soft drinks, wine and beer can purchased with the meal. There is live musical entertainment in the restaurant to accompany your meal.

After the tour of the city, the coach will begin the return journey back to Malaga in Spain. The tour spends approximately 6 hours in Morocco, of those 5 hours is spent in exploring Tetuan.

The return leg of the journey from Tetuan begins between 1500h (3:00pm) and 1600h (4:00pm). It will follow the same route back to the original departure point, arriving back between 2100h - 2200h (9:00pm -10:00pm).

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Reviews

  • SUBMERSED IN THE CULTURE!!!!

    Awesome tour! Not touristy at all. You go straight to the Moroccan Medina and see what it is like to live and work in TETOUAN, Morocco. I was also nice because all tours go to...

    ANGEL L KERNEY MD
  • Probably the most authentic day trip experience in Morocco possible

    During a recent stay on Spain's Costa del Sol (Marbella), I became interested in taking a single day trip across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco. There are quite a number of...

    Warren R Moe
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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

14 Feb - 31 Dec: Wednesdays

Duration

15 hours

Start time

Torremolinos: 0610h (06:10am)
Benalmadena: 0630h (06:30am)
Fuengirola: 0650h (06:50am)
Marbella: 0710h (07:10am)
Estepona: 0735h (07:35am)
Duration: Torremolinos and Benalmadena: 14 hours
Fuengirola: 13 hours
Marbella: 12 hours
Estepona: 11 hours

Meeting point

Hotel pick up not included. The tour departs from the following locations:
Torremolinos: Bus Stop beach promenade hotel RIU Belplaya
Benalmadena: Bus Stop Plaza Solymar (McDonalds)
Fuengirola: Hotel Yaramar
Marbella: Bus stop Citibank (nr. Hotel El Fuerte)
Estepona: In front of Hotel H10 Estepona
(Please advise us of your preferred pick up location at the time of booking. It is very important that you reconfirm pick up upon arrival in Malaga.)
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time..

Ending point

The tour ends at the starting point

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Inclusions

  • English speaking Guide
  • Return Ferry
  • Lunch
  • Local guide in Tetouan
  • Return transport in an air-conditioned coach

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

Do/Dont's

In Morocco guests are advised to dress modestly

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Please note

Please call the tour operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
This tour leaves early in the morning. Please arrive at the pick up point at least 10 minutes before the departure time.
Passport is required by all. It is your responsibility to check Visa requirements.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • The tour spends approximately 6 hours in Africa/Morocco. Of those 6 hours, 5 hours is spent exploring Tetuan.
  • Lunch includes:
    Cous cous with chicken and vegetables (vegetarian option is available)
    Salad
    Moroccan meat
    Vegetable patty
    Sticky pastries with mint tea for dessert.

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