One of the biggest highlights of our girls trip to Morocco was the day trip to Chefchaouen. After seeing a video on Facebook earlier this year, I knew I wanted to go so I researched ways on how to get there during our free day in Fez. From viewing the new city to exploring the medina, I enjoyed every bit of the day. If you’re traveling to Morocco and want to experience a popular, but traditional, laid-back city, read more about the blue-tiful city of Chefchaouen.
Chefchaouen (or “Chaouen”) is a city in the Rif Mountains of northeastern Morocco. After being exiled from Spain, Sephardi Jews settled in the area and painted the city blue. Some say the blue color reminded them of God, while others believe it wards off mosquitoes.
How to Get to Chefchaouen
My friend and I purchased a round-trip ride from Fez through Viator. The ride to and from Fez was about 3 hours with minimal traffic. Outside of private taxi service, you can also travel via train or bus.
Things to Do in Chefchaouen
- Explore the Old City Medina – Walk up and down the hills to explore the Medina. Take photos in and out of the alleys and interact with locals.
- Visit the Spanish Mosque – The Spanish mosque is now a ruin that can be visited by walking uphill out of the Western gate of Bab el-Ain.
- Hike up the Rif Mountains – Take a trek for the day or multiple days up the Rif Mountains to get awesome panoramic views.
- Visit the Museum – The Kasbah (Al Kasaba) tower or Musée de Chefchaouen explains the history and culture of the city.
- Shop the Souks – Come here to buy leather goods, Moroccan wool clothing, oils, soaps, lamps, lanterns, carpets, and more.
Where to Eat
If you’re staying a few hours or a few days, walking up and down the stairs and hills of Chefchaouen will sure bring up an appetite. Here are some restaurants to check out within the city:
- Cafe Restaurant Sofia – One of the most popular restaurants in Chaouen is Cafe Restaurant Sofia. With prices from $4-20, it won’t break your pockets either.
- Aladdin Restaurant – Offering lunch and dinner, Aladdin Restaurant is another popular choice. Food reviews are average, but everyone raves about the views at night.
- Sindibad – Sindibad was our restaurant of choice. My friend and I both had vegetable couscous with the Sindibad salad and mint tea. There are also beautiful views from the top.
Where to Stay
Our trip to Chaouen wasn’t overnight, so I can’t personally share an experience on accommodations, but I researched some of the highest rated hotels & guesthouses. Below are some suggestions, but you can also try Airbnb or other alternatives.
Our time was limited, but the 4-5 hours spent in Chefchaouen was well worth it. If you plan on visiting, stay for at least two days to get the most out of the experience.
Have you heard of the Morrocan blue city Chefchaouen?