The Ultimate Travel Guide to Chefchaouen: The Blue City in Morocco

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Chefchaouen The Blue City in Morocco

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.

View of the City of Chaouen

About 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.

Travel Guide to Chefchaouen

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.

Chefchaouen

Moroccan Leather

Alley in Chefchaouen

Alley in Chaouen

The Kasbah (Al Kasaba) tower
Souks in Chefchaouen

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.

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View from Sindibad

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.

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Chefchaouen The Blue City in Morocco

Have you heard of the Morrocan blue city Chefchaouen?

24 thoughts on “The Ultimate Travel Guide to Chefchaouen: The Blue City in Morocco

  1. Shariyka Romero

    Thanks for your tips on where to eat, stay, and places to visit. Morocco is so beautiful!

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    1. Joanna E

      You’re welcome. Not a lot of people have information about Chefchaouen so I’m glad it helped.

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  2. Leslie

    I’m planning on taking a trip to Morocco this February and I definitely want to check out Chefchaouen. It looks so beautiful! Looks like you had a great time and I hope you picked up one of those lanterns, they were super chic!

    xo,
    Leslie / @hautemommie / http://www.thehautemommie.com

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    1. Joanna E

      I didn’t get any lanterns, but I did get a leather jacket. Next time I’m going with an empty suitcase. I only packed a carryon this trip.

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  3. BehindTheSchmile

    I’ve been wanting to go to Morocco for years now and this post has made me shift it right to the top of my list!!! Beautiful pictures and a very informative guide- thank you for sharing!

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    1. Joanna E

      Thanks! I didn’t really think of going, but I had so much fun on the last girls trip, I was down for this one. Glad I went. It was an awesome experience.

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  4. Noémie

    Wow , I did not know anything about this town and it looks magnificent. I really would like to go there one day, I’ve only went to agadir when I went to Morocco.

    Noémie xx

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    1. Joanna E

      I went to 5 cities and spent a day or two in each, but would love to visit other cities. Glad this post was helpful. Thanks for reading.

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  5. Nelly Kung'u

    I love traveling and Morocco has been on my list for a while. This sounds so much better than I read on it. Thanks for this. Can’t wait to visit

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    1. Joanna E

      No problem Nelly. The experience was great. I can’t wait to visit again.

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  6. Addie

    I love that you shared a little background and history, it’s intriguing to learn more about this city. It is so gorgeous, I love your photos!!

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    1. Joanna E

      I try my best to learn about a destination more than just going to take pictures. Thanks so much for reading.

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  7. Lia World Traveler

    Love Morocco, love the souqs, love the pics! Great post and it reminds me I need to go back pronto!

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  8. Carissa (The Green Eyed Lady)

    Your pictures look amazing! So many beautiful sights…and that dish looks amazing!!

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  9. Mimi Green

    This is the first time I’m heard of this place. The thought of a city based one color is really dope. Blue is a perfect color and I love the story behind it. I need to know if this mosquito situation is true.

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  10. Naturally Stellar

    You really do have gorgeous pics. I would be in HEAVEN in that place. I’m so in awe of all of those fabulous bags! This would be the perfect place for a girls trip.

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  11. staciesayzso

    Wow, a city painted in blue. How unique and beautiful! I bet it was calming for you.

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  12. Tiffany H.

    I would have been happy to go shopping, I was looking at leather bags in Cuba but didn’t buy one. I have always looked at tours on Viator but never booked them. Did you enjoy the tour/services by them?

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    1. Joanna E

      It is helpful for some tours because includes pickup/drop off and a lot of them give lunch. If you don’t know the tour company directly, it’s good. This was the same price direct or with viator and if there are any issues you can be refunded. In Curaçao they never picked me up for my tour I got my $ back after sharing the email screenshots.

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  13. Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva)

    Oh what a beautiful place to visit. I love that the city is blue, my Mother would have loved it as that was her favorite color. Shopping options looked fab too!

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  14. Sapphire Kharyzma

    Morocco is definitely on my bucket list. I am seriously considering hosting a girls trip for 2018

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    1. Joanna E

      We had such a great time. I hope you get to visit.

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  15. cleverlychanging

    I love the architecture shown. The shades of blue are so calming and relaxing.

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  16. Arlene

    Never heard of this place but it looks amazing. It almost looks like a blue Greece haha!

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