Monday, March 27, 2017

Picturesque Tetouan

From Fes, we started to make our way back to Spain following the same route as our first trip in 2000. This time we chose to overnight in Tetouan instead of Chefchaouen, which turned out to be an excellent choice. When our bus passed Chefchaouen, it looked to be at least three times bigger than I remembered; and being the #3 or #4 destination of all Morocco, all of the other international visitors on our bus got off there.

Except for the same three annoying touts, I liked everything about Tetouan. The medina is the most picturesque of those we visited; tidy, white washed with green trim, same as the colonial part of the city. Though small in size and our visit brief, we saw many people practicing traditional trades. No wonder they are on the UNESCO list. People are particularly friendly and hospitable, and speak more Spanish than French - good for me. I only wished we came here a day earlier from Fes.

Snagged some pretty good seats on the bus from Fes to Tetouan.
On the road from Fes to Tetouan, Morocco

More lush countryside with a combination of cash crops, feed crops, and grazing.
On the road from Fes to Tetouan, Morocco

Fava beans in foreground.
On the road from Fes to Tetouan, Morocco

It was market day in several of the towns we passed through.
On the road from Fes to Tetouan, Morocco

Tetouan, the White City, is very photogenic; this from our hotel rooftop terrace.
Tetouan, Morocco

Tetouan has a 20th-century Spanish section built right up to the old Moroccan medina. Both parts of town are very elegant.

First the Spanish buildings...This photo is where the Spanish buildings and the medina meet.
Tetouan, Morocco

Tetouan, Morocco

Tetouan, Morocco

Tetouan, Morocco

The Cinema Espanol.
Tetouan, Morocco

The Spanish Market.
Tetouan, Morocco

And now into the Medina!

Octagonal Minaret.

Tetouan, Morocco

Our hotel rooftop is a landmark [Hotel Dalia - with the 3 windows].
Tetouan, Morocco

Medina Gate at dusk.
Tetouan, Morocco

Quiet alley.
Tetouan, Morocco

The distinctive green shop doors.
Tetouan, Morocco

Tetouan, Morocco

And for residential as well.
Tetouan, Morocco

Tetouan, Morocco

Tetouan, Morocco

Snack and dinner.
Tetouan, Morocco

Tetouan, Morocco

And breakfast aftermath.
Breakfast Aftermath - Tetouan, Morocco

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