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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