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Tétouan

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Tetuan is located in Morocco
Tetuan
Tetuan
Location in Morocco
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Country Morocco
Region Tangier-Tétouan
Province Tétouan
Government
 • Mayor Mohamed El Yaakoubi
Highest elevation 673 ft (205 m)
Lowest elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2014)
 • Total 463,968
 • Rank 10th in Morocco
 • Religions Islam
Racial makeup
 • Jebala 60%
 • Riffians/Ghomara 35%
 • Europe 1.0%
 • Others 4%
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) GMT (UTC+1)
Postal Code 93000
Website The official web site
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name Medina of Tettauen (formerly known as Titawin)
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv, v
Designated 1997 (21st session)
Reference no. 837
State Party  Morocco
Region Arab States
Moroccan Mediterranean Coast (West Side) - Air Photo form Bades over El Jebha to Tettauen with Rif mountains, Tangier-Tetouan region (2014)

Tettauen (from the Berber Tiawin, Arabic: , Spanish: Tetuán, French: Tétouan) is a city in northern Morocco. The Berber name means literally "the eyes" and figuratively "the water springs". Tettauen is one of the two major ports of Morocco on the Mediterranean Sea. It lies a few miles south of the Strait of Gibraltar, and about 40 mi (60 km) E.S.E. of Tangier. In 2014 the city had 463,968 inhabitants (census figure). Tettauen's civil airport Sania Ramel Airport is located 6 km to the east.

Arabic is the official language but it is not used for everyday dialogue. The city has its own dialect, a particular citadin variant of non-Hilalian Arabic which is distinct from Jebli Arabic. However, Jebli Arabic is predominant since people from the neighboring rural areas settled in the city during the 20th century rural flights. The use of Spanish and French is still widespread especially by the businessmen and intellectual elites. The majority religion is Islam; small Christian and Jewish communities also exist.

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