Tetouan has an important part of its history linked with Spain, when the city become a place of shelter for Granada’s refugees in the 15th century and later on when Tetouan and most of the Northern part of Morocco was under Spanish protectorat. The Spanish left the city in 1956, but the UNESCO site still retains its wonderful Andalusian influence today.
One of the Medina’s characteristic is a lack of space*. A feeling that is sometimes intensified by the tiny lanes and the lack of visibility. Facing the mountainous region of the Rif, the Medina of Tetouan built on the Djebel Dersa slope, is one of the very rare Medina when you really feel the space thanks to an open horizon. I personally find it very much important as it gives a dimension of the environment, a contact with it … and a sense of well being.