Discovering the Moroccan Blue City – Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen is a small town internationally known as the “Blue Pearl of Morocco.” Located in the Rif Mountains, and surrounded by an amazing landscape, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful destinations in the country.
It is famous for its variety of shades of blue paint that cover the houses, walls, and most of the town’s buildings. There are many theories about why Chefchaouen is painted blue, some say the shades of blue keep mosquitoes away, while others believe it is an ancient Jewish tradition representing the sky to remind people of heaven and God. Whichever theory you believe, it seems to have worked out well for Chefchaouen and is one of the most picturesque cities in Morocco.
You only need a day or two to explore the city and discover its hidden gems. To help you make the most of your trip to Chefchaouen, check out these must-see stops at the top of my list.
This is the most visited area in Chefchaouen, You’ll never get tired of walking and admiring the architecture, brightly colored side streets and souvenir shops. You’ll find everything you need from arts and crafts to traditional outfits.
A historical plaza surrounded by Chefchaouen’s monuments, restaurants, cafés and small shops. You will love the relaxed ambiance which is hard to find in other bigger cities. You can stroll leisurely and appreciate local products which Chefchaouen is best known for. My favorite place is Café Restaurant Sofia, where my favorite thing to order is the apure Moroccan Mint Tea with homemade bread and fresh Moroccan goat cheese.
While in Chefchaouen, you’ll have the chance to see the Kasbah and a medieval fortress that is now The Ethnographic Museum. This museum exhibits local clothing, musical instruments, weapons and a collection of photos. The best part is the photography representing old marriage traditions and costumes, which gives a charming look to life in the past. There is also a beautiful Andalusian Garden, with a tranquil green oasis to laze under the sun.
Water Fall Hike
For the more active adventurer, do not miss the Akchour waterfalls nestled in the Rif Mountains, it is only a 40-minute drive from Chefchaouen. Go for a hike and admire the lush vegetation while crossing the natural bridges and hills. Take a break to admire the Bridge of God, a natural rock bridge formed high above a series of natural pools and sparkling waterfalls.
Savor the Flavors
Chefchaouen is THE place for fresh goat cheese, you can buy this delicious item in any of the local markets. You can also enjoy an array of Moroccan specialties – Mint Tea, Bissara (split pea soup), orange juice, tagines and more. A place I recommend is Restaurant Beldi Bab Sour, where they serve mouthwatering tagines and local specialties. My favorite is the Chicken tagine, with lemon and olives, along with a big glass of Moroccan Mint Tea, seasoned with orange blossom.
If you are planning a trip to Northern Morocco, Chefchaouen is a destination you do not want to miss. It is a charming small town for travelers seeking unique relaxing experiences.