Taking a train from Marrakech to Tangier and hopping in a bus or taxi for the last stretch to Chefchaouen is probably the most common way to reach the infamous blue city in the Northern part of Morocco. We decided to pay a little bit more to rent a car, for the freedom to stop and go whenever we like. Not to mention that we are obsessed with road trips and who wouldn’t want to add the adventure of a road trip through Morocco to their list.
I am not sure how many hours I have spent dreaming about adventuring through the narrow blue streets of Chefchaouen. It is as if the Smurfs were real and left their homes to the Moroccans. This city is nothing like I have ever seen before. It is not only the color that makes it so special but also the people. The locals in the north are generally more relaxed and therefore seem to be more friendly and easy going. Having a conversation with a stranger on the street is just as much part of the experience as getting lost in the medina.
The medina is fairly small and can definitely be explored on one day; however, we found ourselves in new side streets everyday. I don’t know what I adored most, the beautiful doors or the spices and goods shops that pop up all over the city.
I am going to stop beating around the bush — we simply loved it.
The vibe of a city definitely affects the experience of the traveler and it felt so freeing and peaceful when exploring the quiet side streets of Chefchaouen, especially after the madness of Fez and Marrakech.
Kasbah Museum — Right across the square from Casa Aladin is this old Kasbah. At only 10 dirham (about $1) to get in, this is a very nice space to relax, wander and climb up the tower to see yet another panoramic view of the city. (Hours: Wed – Mon from 9am – 1pm and then again at 3pm – 6pm).
The Spanish Mosque — Sitting alone atop a hill, you can find this old mosque. Its view looks out over the east side of Chefchaouen and it therefor a popular spot to watch the sunset. Though losing ourselves in the side streets of a city is amongst our favorite things to do while traveling, we also like the birds eye view.
If you are up in the air about which city to visit in Morocco, Chefchaouen should not be missed.