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Approximately 8 Hours
Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin) UNESCO World Heritage Site
"Tétouan was of particular importance in the Islamic period, from the 8th century onwards, since it served as the main point of contact between Morocco and Andalusia. Although one of the smallest of the Moroccan medinas, Tétouan is unquestionably the most complete and it has been largely untouched by subsequent outside influences." Learn more:http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/837
Seabourn is the official cruise partner of UNESCO World Heritage.
A 1½-hour drive takes you through the scenic landscape of Northern Morocco to the base of the Rif Mountains. Here you will find Tetouan, originally founded in the 13th century by the Merinid Dynasty.
Upon arrival in Tetouan, you'll visit Dar Sanaa (the House of Crafts). This former palace is now a school teaching the most traditional of Moroccan crafts to its young people. Elements of cultural heritage expounded here include plaster-carving, wood-painting, leatherwork and embroidery. This is your introduction to the country's rich historic culture and is a prime example of an initiative to keep such traditions intact.
Venture into the maze of the medina (Old Town), moving from the Andalusian Quarter through to the Jewish Quarter (Mellah). Here, it will become quite evident why Tetouan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tetouan Mellah enjoys the distinction of being a Jewish Quarter that still houses the majority of the local Jewish community. Living in relative proximity ensures that Judeo-Spanish language, traditions and customs are faithfully maintained. There are three active synagogues -- you'll visit the Synagogue Rabbi Isaac Ibn Oualid to view its picturesque interior.
Walk to a local restaurant for lunch.
Back on the coach, you will drive to the Jewish cemetery established 500 years ago and situated on the dramatic sloping hillside of Mount Dersa overlooking the Old Town. Aside from its commanding vista, the cemetery (also known as the Castilian Cemetery) features many tombs with anthropomorphic engravings -- a highly unusual feature for Jewish cemeteries. With an estimated 35,000 graves, the Jewish cemetery is among the largest in Morocco.
Heading back to Tangier, enjoy an introduction to this cosmopolitan city which has long been the crossroads of three great religions.
Please note: Tour does not operate on Saturdays. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Walking up and down hills is required in the medina. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Tank tops and immodest clothing are not allowed in places of worship. Do not to take photos of military personnel without their consent. Mind your belongings at all times, particularly at points of interest or crowded places.