This small mountain town can be overlooked by Morocco’s more famous cities such as famous places like Marrakech, but Chefchaouen is many travellers favourite place in Morocco! The beauty of this town is never ending. All of the buildings are painted blue, which is a beautiful contrast to the surrounding greens hills. The air is fresh, the people are friendly and there are so many things to do to keep you entertained for days. Here are some of the best things to do in Chefchaouen, Morocco’s blue city.
Magical things to do in Chefchaouen
Wander the winding alleys of the Medina
Also called “The Blue Pearl”, Chefchaouen is one of the most picturesque places in Morocco! You will be mesmerized surrounded by every shade of blue you can imagine. Wander around, get lost in the medina, and try and find the more particularly photographable streets and corners.
Shop for the perfect souvenir
Beautiful handmade rugs, leather bags, and home decorations fill these blue streets. The merchants here are much more relaxed and less pushy than you will find in Fez or Marrakech. This means you can have a more enjoyable shopping trip! The downside of this is that the salesmen are not as open to haggling as the merchants in the bigger cities.
Watch the sunset
Evenings cool off in Chefchaouen leaving it at the perfect temperature. A short hike up hill from the Medina will take up to the Spanish Mosque, which has amazing views of the blue city and surrounding hills. The evening sun illuminating the blue buildings is truly spectacular!
If you don’t feel like trekking up hill, the roof of your riad will also provide a great view point for watching a magical sunrise or sunset.
Get out in nature
Chefchaouen is surrounded by rolling green hills, which is a welcome break from the bustling cities like Marrakech. While you are visiting why not take the time for a day trip to reconnect with nature? Some popular and near by options are:
-Ras el Maa Waterfall
-Bridge of God
-Talassemtane National Park
Day trips to these locations can be easily arranged by your riad!
Enjoy a Moroccan meal
One of the best things about Chefchaouen is the relaxed pace of life. What better way to relax than enjoy a delicious Moroccan meal with a refreshing glass of Moroccan mint tea?
Cafe Assada is a restaurant popular with both locals and tourists. The simple yet delicious food will fill you up and is so cheap! Restaurant Aladdin serves up tasty Moroccan fare in a romantically lit dreamy interior.
If you fancy a picnic or making your own food, head to the street vendors get a baguette and some of Chefchaouen’s famous goat cheese, it is so creamy and delicious! Top it off with some olives and a fresh squeezed orange juice. Fresh, cheap and so tasty. Tasting some must-try Moroccan food while you’re there is a must.
Visit a cannabis farm
A guide without Chefchaouen would not be complete without mentioning it’s most popular export, Cannabis! Wandering the streets of the medina, it is more than likely you will be offered some hashish. There are many cannabis farms in the hills surrounding Chefchaouen, visiting one can be an interesting and unique thing to do! Ask your riad for advice on scheduling a visit.
Experience a traditional Moroccan hammam
A hammam is basically a hot steam bath and body scrub followed by a massage. Sounds dreamy right? Though the hammam experiences can be quite intense (they really scrub you), you will leave feeling cleaner and softer than ever! Riad Lina offers many spa services and it’s bright and airy rooms will tempt you to stay and relax all day.
This is a guest post written by travel blogger Alana Davenport, who writes over at 50 North, 14 East, You can follow her on Instagram here.