Essential Guide: Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen, the blue jewel of Morocco is a magical town in the North of the country. A beautiful blue-washed town sitting perfectly between two peaks of the Rif mountain range.
A bohemian, artistry, photographers dream. Spend a few days here to escape to crazy hustle and bustle of the known Morocco.

Here is a quick guide to this unique little town;

How to get there: The closest airport is Tangier Airport and from there you should take a taxi for about 3 hours which should roughly cost DH650 (£50, 65€).
Or if you are coming from Spain, take the ferry from Algeciras either to Ceuta (in Spain) or to Tangier (in Morocco) it will take approximately 1 hour to 1 hour and a half to cross and will cost around 35€ for one way.

From Ceuta cross the border at La Frontera, get an entry form at the border, get your passport stamped and you’re through, where you will see 100s of taxis, you have 2 options…get a taxi to Teuton bus station (45minutes) then change there for the bus to Chefchaouen. This is the perfect option for those who are on a tight budget or are travelling slowly.
The other option is to take a taxi direct to Chefchaouen from the border for around DH500 (50€) the taxi ride will take around 2 hours. If you can find more people heading that way too, share the taxi and make the individual price cheaper.

When you arrive in Chefchaouen you’re going to want somewhere to stay;
Budget- Hotel Souika is a well located cheap hotel, right in the centre of the Medina, rooms are old and basic with shared bathrooms and a rooftop terrace to enjoy views over the rooftops of Chaouen. Staff are lovely and happy to help with anything.
You will find this place at Rue Souika, Deb Kadi Alami and costs around 13€/£10 per night.

Mid Range- Casa Perleta is a vibrant blue little hotel roughly costing about £46/55€ a night. Rooms are spacious and well lit with an en-suite bathroom. All the interior is made from local fabrics. Every room even has central heating for those chilly nights. You can even enjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast with a view on the rooftop for DH24. Staff are friendly and they offer airport pick up too.
You can find this place at Casa Perleta Medina -Bab el Souk.

Luxury- Hotel Parador is centrally located in the Medina roughly a 2-minute walk from the Kasbah. Spacious rooms with a TV, air conditioning and private bathroom. A swimming pool to enjoy and relax by in the afternoon Moroccan sun. As well as airport transfers and continental buffet breakfast every morning. For a double room here, it will set you back around 148€ and you can find this treat at Place el Makhzen BP. 3 CHEFCHAOUEN 91000

Now you have somewhere to stay, you’re going to want to fill your stomachs ready for exploring this wonderful place.

Restaurant Mounir is an amazing little place right in the centre of Plaza Uta-el-Hammam, sit outside and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the day. Breakfast here is amazing, Try the Moroccan Pancake with fresh Goats Cheese and honey with a mint tea and orange juice. In the evenings for dinner. You must try the Chicken Tagine. It is just so delightful and the staff are super friendly too, speaking Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

La Lampe Magique (Casa Aladdin)– Took a while to find as its actually called Casa Aladdin and overlooks Plaza Uta-el-Hammam. Choose a seat inside its Aladdin themed restaurant or a seat with a view, it even has a rooftop terrace to enjoy the sun. Enjoy a tagine here and great service but if you are going at lunch time, make sure you go a little earlier than 2 pm to get a good seat and before it gets extremely busy because this place sure does fill up fast.

Lala Mesouda– was an amazing find, tucked away on a side street somewhere in the Medina (Avenue Hassan I) is a little restaurant with a traditional, homey feel to it. The friendliest staff and the most amazing lamb tagine. It literally just melted right on your tongue. I can’t recommend this place enough.

The main thing to do in Chefchaouen is to walk around the Medina and explore on hours upon ends. The wonderful twirling cobbled paths surrounded by blue buildings everywhere. Walking around exploring is a day well spent in my opinion, especially if you have a camera in hand, you can get wonderfully lost as well as trigger happy.

The Kasbah located in Plaza Uta-el-Hammam is a restored walled fortress in the centre of the Medina. It has a lovely garden, a museum and a small art gallery. Climb to the top of the tower for an amazing 360-degree view of the plaza below and beyond. price is DH10.

Grande Mosquée- Adjacent to the Kasbah is the Grade Mosquée, built in the 15th century by the son of the town’s founder. Notice the unusual octagonal tower towering over Medina. A truly wonderful architectural delight from the outside. Unfortunately, it isn’t open to Non-Muslims but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fascinating detail of the building from the outside.

The Spanish Mosque- If you look east, you will see a white looking mosque perched on top of a hill. Pleasurable stroll to the top which takes about 20 minutes. Follow the path from Ras el-maa Waterfall to get to the top and be sure to wear decent shoes a part of the walk is a little rocky. Head up here for a spectacular view of the sunset over Chefchaouen.

Ras el-Maa Riverside- Enjoy a Moroccan tea in the sun here one afternoon, watching the world go by. Locals enjoying lunch, playing in the river, even doing their laundry. A relaxing way to end a day exploring.

Now get exploring the magical place of Chefchaouen. Enjoy!

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31 Comment

  1. Brahim Rahali says: Reply

    Thanks do much for this extremely useful mini guide.
    I just want to add if you venture out of Chouen to the Ghomara Mediterranean coastline you will be enchanted by the scenery and the locals’ hospitality. Another time, maybe?

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      You’re very welcome.

      Thank you for that advice, I really want to visit beautiful Morocco again. I was blown away by everything, the scenery, the food, the locals hospitality. Next time I will remember to put it on my list, unfortunately, this time I only had a few days in the country.

  2. I love this guide. It has definitely inspired me to take a trip to Morocco!

  3. Awesome! Very helpful post.
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      You’re welcome. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  4. Instagram definitely has me swooning over this place! I can’t wait to get there myself and take all the photos and eat all the food haha! Great post!

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      I went trigger happy when I was there. It really is so beautiful. Try all the Tagines when you go. The restaurants I recommend were some of the best tagines I had.

  5. Chefchaouen is by far my most favorite city in Morocco! It’s gorgeous, clean and the people don’t harass as much compared to the other Moroccan cities.

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      I also found that too 🙂 so much more relaxed

  6. I visited in September, and I absolutely loved it! Great guide xx

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      Thank you. I want to go back and explore more and it’s been less than a month

  7. This looks so beautiful! Hopefully I get to visit Morocco next year 🙂 Safe travels. – Mariella

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      I hope you do too. It simply is beautiful. Safe travels to you too 🙂

  8. What a beautiful place! The colours are stunning, I bet it looks even better in real life!

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      Yes, it really is, the little coves just reflect the blue. It’s amazing

  9. This is beautiful. I really wanted to visit here while living in West Africa but I will have to save it for another time. I will keep all this in mind for when I do though!

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      Thank you 🙂 I want to do another blog post on all my pictures. It really makes you trigger happy. It’s definitely worth the visit.

  10. This looks so beautiful, and I am so glad that you showed the city beyond the Instagram-y way. I would love to visit Chefchaouen and your guide will be really useful 🙂

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      Thank you so much Ameeta. I really appreciate that. I hope it helps you. It’s a great pleace

  11. There is no doubt that Chefchaouen is Morocco’s hidden gem. A sapphire one to be precise, the mountain city is stunning, and blue-washed all over 🙂 . The medina, set against the backdrop of the Rif mountains, is truly stunning !

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      For sure but I did find it to be very touristy though. But a stunning and unique place none the less 🙂

  12. Oh your photos just make me want to pack my bags 🙂 Been dreaming of Morocco for a long time! Do you know if it’s also possible to travel by public transport to safe money?

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      Oh yes for sure. Buses and trains. The train service is supposed to be fantastic to travel around the country. 🙂

  13. IT is my dream to visit Morocco some day! BOOKmarking your site!

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      It’s amazing. Thank you 🙂

  14. Gorgeous photos! It looks so dreamy here! And it’s not crowded at all.

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      Thank you, It is quite touristy but somehow managed to miss it all with the camera.

  15. Sounds absolutely amazing – and looks a bit like a cross between Marrakech and Santorini. Will definitely be adding it to my bucket list! xx

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      It should on everyone’s for sure

  16. I’m still contemplating whether I’ll have the time/money to go to Morocco while I’m in Spain. Basically, I want to go to see Chefchaouen. Saving this guide for when I do eventually go!

    1. Louise Allonby says: Reply

      It’s very easy to get to from Spain, I took the ferry from Algeciras for 35 euros. I hope you make it over there

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