Chefchaouen, a beautiful blue town

Come with us on a trip to the wonderful and beautiful blue town of Chefchaouen. A unique place that is located in Morocco and is such a unique enclave that, despite its limited size, it has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in this country.

Where is Chefchaouen?

As we said, Chefchaouen is a population of just 40,000 inhabitants located in Morocco. Specifically, it is the capital of a province of the same name that is located in the northeast area of ​​the kingdom, very close to such famous towns as Tangier or Tetouan, on the edge of the mountain chain known as Rif.

Chefchaouen history

Chefchaouen is a town with more than 500 years of history. Its foundation is due to Mulay Ali Ben Rachid, which transformed it in 1471 into a fortress capable of fighting the invading forces of Portugal in the north of the country. Due to its complex access, it slowed arrivals through Ceuta, while becoming access to the mercantile routes that marched from Fez to Tetouan.

Chefchaouen Street - Zzvet

However, what one day was a fortress, It became a thriving town that evolved thanks to the exiles of al-Andalus, which were Sephardic and Moorish expelled from Spain by the different kings throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries especially.

Over time, Chefchaouen was considered a sacred city, so the foreigner had his entrance banned until the arrival of Spanish invading forces, which settled there in 1920. However, the population returned to belong to Morocco in 1956.

What makes Chefchaouen special?

Within the traditional tourism that approaches Morocco, Chefchaouen has a series of peculiarities that makes it really attractive. In fact, the blue tones of its architecture and the tranquility of the place make it a beautiful location of the Rif, which stands out for its magic and special charm.

Chefchaouen - Mikhail Markovskiy

In addition, Chefchaouen maintains a large part of its culture intact. Their peoples, the Ghomara, keep the town with its touch of ancestral appeal. Women wear their classic tones, dressed in white and red stripes and shovel hats. The streets are always lively and the visitor is in a place that, from the first minute, is presented special and different.

«There is nothing like traveling to broaden the culture. But also to fine-tune sensitivity. I met Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco. At the end of my travels I returned with a single conviction: we are nothing. »

-Roberto Bolaño-

What to see in Chefchaouen?

Chefchaouen Street - Sergey Pesterev

Chefchaouen saved a lot of wonderful places to visit. Next, we will see some of the most attractive and striking of this fantastic and magical town in northern Morocco.

The medina

The medina or Casco Antiguo is fantastic in Chefchaouen. Formed by a select group of neighborhoods, it has a beautiful mosque, a Hamman or public restroom, narrow and steep alleys painted blue and all kinds of craft shops in the purest classical style, many of which are located in the classic souk.

Medina of Chefchaouen - Mikadun

Uta el-Hamman Square

Continuing through the medina, we find the beautiful Plaza Uta el-Hamman, which shows the center and heart of the city. There we will see the Great Mosque, the Alcazaba or Kasbah, beautiful shops and restaurants and endless wonderful sensations.

Kasbah of Chefchaouen

As we said, Chefchaouen was in principle a defensive fortress against the Portuguese invasions. The wall that defended the Kasbah is still in good condition, which keeps wonderful and beautiful gardens.

Activities in Chefchaouen

Further, In Chefchaouen there are a number of fantastic activities for the visitor. For example, in hiking. Since it is located in the middle of the Rif mountain range, its natural environment is fascinating. In the area we also find the Talassemtane National Park, excellent for outdoor sports.

Rif Mountains - Lukasz Janyst

A green area full of forests full of olive and cedar trees that will delight all nature lovers Wild in its purest state, it awaits in the lands adjacent to nearby towns such as Kalaa or Akchour, from whose natural manifestations you can get to see the rivers and waterfalls in the area.

When we talk about Morocco, everyone thinks of Casablanca, Tangier, the Atlas, Rabat or Tetouan. But nevertheless, This unique country of North Africa hides among its lands fantastic places such as the population of Chefchaouen, a small blue town that still preserves the wonderful history of its ancestors in a privileged and beautiful natural environment.

Video: This Entire Moroccan City is BLUE! Exploring Chefchaouen & Fes Medina (February 2020).