14 Feb 10 reasons to love Chefchaouen
Arriving in Chefchaouen is like being in a dream. It is not for nothing that they call it the bluest city in the world and the blue pearl of Morocco. The walls everywhere are painted shades of blue, the buildings, the doors, the stairs and the streets. A stroke of luck that we also had incredible weather with nothing but blue skies, so I was very excited to explore this picturesque city.
This is why I think you will love exploring Chefchaouen.
1 The Blue streets
Blue represents the sky, the heaven and also spiritual awakening and you will feel like walking in the clouds as you get lost in the city. The medina of Chefchaouen looks like a big village with traditional cobblestoned narrow streets and hanging laundry from the tiny balconies.
Every corner you turn is a photo opportunity in this absolutely gorgeous place. Postcard moments galore.
2 The Instagram spot
You will think that everywhere you go is an instagrammable moment, but there is actually one specific street with beautiful colored flower pots. So how will you find it in the maze of blue? Ask the locals, or search for the Jasmine café.
3 The mountains
The city is lodged against the Rif mountains of northern Morocco, so be prepared for cold weather.
4 The food
Something new I tried was the Bastilla, a delicious pastry filled with a vegetable tajine.
Also, I’m not sure how you pronounce it: Sfenj, but make sure to try the heavenly round fried dough that looks like a doughnut. It’s a Moroccan treat that you have for breakfast.
One thing I didn’t try however was the camel burger, let me know if you ever taste it!
5 The rooftops
Everywhere you go in the medina, at the hotel or the restaurants, you can go up to the rooftop and enjoy the splendid view of the city and the mountain. I highly recommend it with a mint tea to enjoy the sunrise or with a drink to enjoy the sunset.
6 The shopping
The city is known for the good quality leather and a great quality of wool, used in weaving scarves and carpets. So make sure you check out the colorful array of merchandise, also try on one of the traditional outfits called Djellaba and see how comfortable it is.
7 Place Outa el Hammam
The main square of the old city stands with an impressive museum and the town’s mosque. This is a great place to eat, drink and socialize with the friendly locals. I also tried a henna tattoo which was fun but messy.
8 The fortress
This red walled building is easy to find among the blue buildings. The Kasbah fortress and dungeon was built to defend against attacks from the Spanish and Portuguese. Climb the towers for a panoramic view of the blue city.
9 The mosque
There’s an old Spanish mosque built by the Spanish and you can reach it by hiking through a hilltop overlooking the city. The place is abandoned and you are allowed to go inside for pictures. While hiking on your way, you will pass by women doing their washing in the river, the same way their ancestors beat and spread their clothes in the cold mountain water.
10 The waterfall
Cascades d’Akshour waterfall in the Rif mountains are about a 3 hour hike away along a lush green trail. All along the way you will find cafes and rest spots, and when you reach the beautiful spot you will want to throw yourself in the waterfall even if the water is freezing.
A trip to Chefchaouen is a once in a lifetime experience, so don’t wait. It was a relaxing and thrilling time in this mysterious city, as if we had dropped off the face of the earth. Chefchaouen felt like love at first sight and I’m sure you will feel it too.