Chefchaouen is known to be one of the most peaceful and serene towns in Morocco. It is a gorgeous city in northern Morocco.
Attracting all types of travelers and adventure seekers, a city is a relaxed place with affordable prices for those who seek calmness and good quality with reasonable accommodation. It is perfect for a day trip.
Chefchaouen at a Glance
Chefchaouen or Chaouen, as the local Moroccans call it, is known as the “Blue Pearl” of Morocco. This is because the inhabitants paint all of the buildings blue. No one knows exactly why this is done.
There are two main theories. The first is that the blue color keeps the mosquitoes away. The second theory is that according to the Jewish tradition it is believed that the color blue represents the sky which in return reminds people of heaven and God.
It serves as a reminder to lead people’s spiritual and moral lives. Regardless of the real reason, the color covering the city gives it an amazing charm, calmness, and joyful spirit.
The mountainous surroundings give this sweet town an illusion of isolation from the crowded and loud world outside. The city has an atmosphere of relaxation, comfort, and peace. It is the perfect place to go on a vacation.
The city of Chefchaouen and the surrounding area has a population of almost 43,000 people. It really is a small and quiet town. It was founded in 1471 by Mulay Ali ibn Rashid al-Alami to defend against the newly Portuguese-controlled Ceuta
It used to serve as a Moorish fortress for exiles from Spain. For ages, the city grew and welcomed different religions like Jews and Christian converts alike. Today it is a wonderful cultural mix between Christians, Jews, Berber tribes, and Muslims, All living together in peace and tolerance.
Location of Chefchaouen
Being located in the area of the Rif Mountains, exactly on the northern tip of Morocco. It is about five hours north of Casablanca and two hours south of Tangier.
How to Get There by Bus?
The city is easily accessible. The most popular route is from Fez, it takes almost 4 hours. It also takes only 2-3 hours from Tangier. After that, you need to take a taxi to Medina. It only costs 10-15 MAD. You should give exact change.
Note, if you leave from Tangier, there are two bus stations: the Gare Routier de Tanger and the CTM.
Climate and Best Time to Visit Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen blue city is blessed with wonderful weather but it can get quite chilly especially in the evenings. It even sometimes snows a few times a year!
Generally, In Chefchaouen the summers are short, warm, arid, and clear whereas the winters are long, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Around the year, the temperature typically ranges from 38°F to 86°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 92°F.
The best months to visit the city are almost all year round, from March to December. Note that:
The warmest months are July and August; the coldest months are January and February; and the rainiest months are January, February, November, and December.
Things to Do in Chefchaouen
The greatest thing about this Chefchaouen Morocco would be the buildings that are painted in brilliant sky blue that gives the city the name of the “blue city”. Also, the clear mountain light that falls on the city gives it a magical touch.
It is definitely a magical destination with beautiful landscapes and interesting activities to do.
1. Take Unforgettable Photos
Taking photos at Chefchaouen for your social media channels is a must. The city is unique where this should be documented with beautiful photos. The small streets and alleys are quiet and not crowded with cafes and shops.
The light and the blue color shift throughout the whole day, making every spot you see new over and over.
2. Interact with the Cats
An interesting fact about the city is that you will find so many cats on the streets. Seeing them in the blue city is kind of special and different. However, be careful if you get bitten by an undomesticated cat. It this happens, head right away to the hospital and avoid the risk.
3. Buy Souvenirs
Buying souvenirs from any spot you visit is a remarkable experience. It is not the cheapest here in Chefchaouen but it is worth it.
You can choose to buy lots of products including textiles, rugs, straw bags, hats, leather stools, slippers, dresses, and blankets. Artwork and handmade crafts are all here at a reasonable price.
4. Sunset over the Spanish Mosque
Located 15 mins walk from Medina, t is one of the best viewpoints in the city for watching the sunset.
You will get to hike to reach the top spot, but it is so easy though. Note that hiking in the middle of the day might be uncomfortable due to the heat and also the crowd.
It is recommended to head there for the sunrise, as there will be less crowd and it will be quieter.
5. A Walk along the River
This is a remarkable experience for you. It is definitely a must for those who want to spend some quality time alone or with some friends.
Head down from the waterfall area right towards the river where there are all kinds of bridges, brooks, and artwork. You will be entertained on the way down.
There are plenty of cafes and stalls from where you can buy artworks and paintings.
Morocco is a rich country in history and culture, make the Best use of it through one of our Morocco Vacations!