Chefchaouen is a beautiful blue town in Morocco, because the medina of this special town is painted blue and therefore it is the most beautiful medina in all of Morocco. Hundreds of colors of blue and really everything is dyed in a shade of blue. Indigo blue, navy blue, cobalt blue, denim blue and all other shades of blue that you can imagine. The streets, the houses, the doors and wherever you look, you see that everything is blue.
The five best places of interest of the blue town of Morocco: Chefchaouen.
Chefchaouen, the blue town of Morocco
The amazing blue town Chefchaouen is located in the north of Morocco and close to the Rif Mountains. The town is a nice mix of Moroccan and Spanish influences and the language spoken here is Spanish and French. This city can easily be combined with your trip through Morocco as a stop after a visit to, for example, Tangier or Fez.
Why is Chefchaouen in Morocco a blue town?
In 1471 the village was founded by Berber tribes from the Rif Mountains and many Jewish refugees from Spain have sought refuge here over the years. Blue is the important religious color of Judaism and the Jews have started painting the blue since 1930. But another version is that the town is blue, because blue is the color of heaven. And yet another story mentions that the blue has been painted in order to deter the mosquitoes. I have no idea what the truth is, but I am very grateful to the person who came up with the blue painting, because the town looks great.
1. Go around the medina
The old Medina of Chefchaouen is a great blue labyrinth full of small streets, alleys, stairs, squares, hidden shops, mosques and restaurants. One street looks even more magical than the other street and every corner of the street is beautiful and you just do not get bored. In fact, the whole medina is one very big photogenic place and most of it looks like a cool fairy tale.
The medina is not super big and so it is a perfect place to wander around and take in the surroundings quietly. Difference in height and that makes it easy if you are lost, because then you just walk down again and then you automatically see a place that you are familiar with. The atmosphere is relaxed and the people here are friendly and helpful and that makes a walk through this town a lot of fun!
2. View the sunset from the Spanish mosque
The best view of the city is at the Spanish Mosque. From the medina you walk uphill to this mosque in about half an hour. You can not visit the mosque itself, but the location on top of a mountain is great. From the medina you can already see the mosque high on the mountain and because of that the walk is easy to find and you do not need a guide. You have a fantastic view here and on a clear day you can see miles away and see the whole city. The best time is to go upstairs around sunset and enjoy the sun as the sun goes down.
3. Relaxing on the square
The central square Uta el-Hammam is the cozy heart of the medina where you drink delicious mint tea on a terrace or enjoy the delicious Moroccan food. At any time of the day it is pleasantly crowded here. This square is beautiful and the perfect place to watch people. There’s a good atmosphere and the prices are also lower than in other cities in Morocco. The best place to catch your breath. On the square is the old kasbah and in this fort is now a museum. The museum itself is not super interesting, but the view over the square is super nice.
The unique atmosphere of the town has ensured that the city attracted many artistic people or otherwise at least the artistic side of people. In the many shops you buy the most colorful and special jewelry, clothing, carpets and souvenirs. Many shops have a workshop and there you see how the souvenirs are made by hand on the spot. Remember to always negotiate the price and a good tradition is to drink a cup of mint tea after a purchase.
5. The waterfalls of Akchour
These waterfalls are about 30 kilometers from Chefchaouen. This nature reserve is beautiful and green and many Moroccans go here to picnic along the river at one of the many restaurants or to swim in the summer months. The walk to the waterfall takes about two hours and to walk back you take an hour and a half. The walk is beautiful, but the waterfall itself is only really impressive when it rains a lot. You can also choose to turn around halfway and walk back again. Upon arrival in the park several guides come to you, who want to bring you to the waterfall for about ten euros. But the walk really speaks for itself and you do not need a guide.
The region of Chefchaouen is known for the production of Cannabis and this is the largest export product in the region. You regularly get drugs offered, but it is officially forbidden to sell, buy and use drugs in Morocco.
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There are a lot of great and affordable places to stay in Chefchaouen. I loved my stay at the hotel Puerta Azul. Puerta Azul has a great location and is ideal if you are traveling by car, because the hotel has their own carpark. Rooms are big and clean and the staff is extremly friendly and helpful.
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