Blogs from Tétouan, Tangier-Tétouan, Morocco, Africa


Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tétouan April 15th 2019

The journey on a local bus from Chefchaouen back down the hill to Tétouan was uneventful save for the kids needing sick bags after just the first couple of twists and turns! Luckily it didn't become an epidemic and we were soon jumping into a taxi and on our way to the Hotel Al Mandari.Perched on the edge of a cliff, it occupies a spectacular location in itself, but we were not prepared for the spectacle of the city of Tétouan. How this gets left off tourist itineraries is beyond belief. Our first stop was the impressive Place Feddane, an enormous square, gleaming white at the foot of the hill over which spreads the most magnificent display of white houses topped by a crumbling old barracks and kasbah. Where Chefchaouen was a blaze of beautiful blue, ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tétouan May 11th 2013

I went out alone before dinner yesterday, to look at the craft area of the souk, and got caught by one of the "guides" (there are very few here compared to the bigger cities) and taken to a rug merchant. I decided to go along with it for awhile, but then got a bit stressed when it was clear the rug merchant knew my hotel. I was afraid he'd show up here! (He didn't and I didn't buy anything...) We arrived "home" last night after diiner to find the hotel staff sitting in the passageway outside the riad, and they invited us to have tea and sit with them. Pretty soon most of the guests had wandered home and joined us! Today we took a shared taxi to the seaside town of Martil, 10 kilometers away, ... read more
Sitting outside in the Medina...
Bill locking our door

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tétouan May 10th 2013

We moved into a less-expensive hotel yesterday, one that caters to mostly Moroccans, just outside the Medina. We planned a day of relaxation and some medina-wandering. We sat on our rooftop terrace and read (had it all to ourselves), walked to the more modern part of the city, overpaid for bananas at the bi-weekly market, and bought some (perhaps authentic) Berber jewelry. When we got back to our room last night, we could hear a man singing (or maybe praying) in a beautiful voice, with the sounds echoing up the airshaft outside our window....later we heard what seemed to be a father helping a child with homework. This morning we ate breakfast across the street. The "complete breakfast", eggs, cheese, coffee, fresh oj, bread was about $2.50 each...The owner gave us a tour: he has a ... read more
Entrance to Casa Khaldi
Local Woman in Typical Countryside Dress
Men's Traditional City Clothing

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tétouan March 12th 2012

Monday Day Two Alarms started buzzing and beeping around 6am and tent zippers followed soon after. I didn’t sleep as well as I would’ve liked but the warm shower soon sorted that. Breakfast was a variety of cereal, bread toasted over hot coals, fruit and tea and coffee. I sat on the curb opposite the truck to survey the scene as the sun rose higher, also bringing much welcomed warmth. Dishes were washed and then dried in the traditional way known as ‘flapping’ which also doubles as a bit of early morning exercise, waving your arms back and forth until the dish is at least somewhat dry. Water was poured on the coals, firewood packed back under the truck, bags packed and then quickly unpacked as we remembered what we wanted in the truck cabin for ... read more
King's residence

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tétouan December 24th 2011

As part of Spain's colonial legacy, Spain has held onto a little part of the African coast in Cueta and other small enclaves on the Mediterranean at the Northern tip of Morocco, just across the Strait of Gibralter. Isn't it ironic that the Spanish keep complaining about British Imperialism when Britain forcefully holds onto Gibraltar, but when the shoes is on the other foot ...? ummm! It was a gorgeous day, so we took a day trip to Cueta from Chefchaouen via Tetouan and stopped for lunch at the beautiful town of M'diq on the Meditteranean coast.... read more
Mediterranean View of Cueta
Layer cake architecture
Terraced Landscape

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tétouan October 28th 2010

I am swamped in the middle of midterms, but I wanted to get a chance to upload some of the pictures I took from my trip to Morocco last weekend. I went with the CIEE group so they had tour guides which made it a lot of fun. It was really a different experience getting to live in a Muslim-dominated culture for a few days. Note: It looks like I can only upload 100 photos at a time so I have more to put up later. For now I've got a plane to catch to Barcelona for the weekend!... read more

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tétouan October 19th 2010

Gabriel is being led around the medina by a guide called Omar. Gabriel has disappointed Omar by not purchasing anything from crappy stores which will pay him a commission. Omar is doing everything he can to terrify Gabriel with horrible tales of epic misfortune visited on parsimonious tourists. Gabriel has not seen any beer in the medina and that displeases him. Nor has he seen or smelled any sign of kif. Gabriel does not see the point in hot smelly narrow alleyways without drugs or alcohol. Eventually, he is led into a gigantic carpet warehouse and given some mint tea. The warehouse is both visually and olfactorily stimulating. It is very noisy. He is encouraged to touch the carpets. Gabriel is perched on a stool and carpets are strewn before him. A carpet expert - and ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tétouan March 18th 2009

March 13 and the Rock of Gibraltar came into view after travelling non stop from Melilla-Malaga- La Linea. We found the truck as arranged , quick introductions and we were off in the direction of Africa ..... for the 3rd time this week- by fast ferry. After stocking up on diesel, alcohol and groceries in Ceuta we attacked our 1st border crossing in Africa-into Morocco. This will be our easiest by far- only 2 hours to get across. As aging hippies do we camped in Tetouan and Chefchaouen . It was very cold high up in the Rif Mountains but the views are magnificent and with snow on the top and precarious villages all around. 30 percent of the worlds supply of hash is reputed to be grown here and Chefchaoun still has the hippy look ... read more
Tetouan Medina
Tetouan  medina

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tétouan March 11th 2008

Ok, so it was Ronda one weekend, and then the following weekend I made a spur-of-the-moment trip to Morocco Africa with some of my IFSA-Butler friends. The trip was such a culture shock, and I would go back in a heart beat. Here is how it all went down: Our program director gave us the information for guided tours through Morocco so we would be safe and know where to go. The tour gave us 3 days in the cities of Tétouan, Tangier, and Chef-Chauquin (sp.). We took a tour bus from Málaga to Algeciras (1.5 hours) to catch a ferry to Ceuta (a spanish province in Africa). We left for Ceuta around 6:30 in the evening and it only took about 45 minutes on the boat. We saw dolphins, kind of cool, but the most ... read more

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