The fabled city of Chefchaouen, Chaouen for short, is truly spectacular with mountains and blue walls, and this is why it is known as Morocco’s blue city. Set against dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains, this town is filled with white-washed homes and blue walls. This gorgeous blue rinse not only covers houses, but also public squares, mosques, government buildings, bins and lampposts. The custom dates back to the 15th century, when refugees (Jewish) escaped from the Spanish Inquisition settled in Chaouen. They brought the tradition of painting things blue that reflects the sky and remind them of God. This otherworldly escape is a popular tourist attraction and has plenty to offer. Indeed, this monochromatic color scheme is what attracts the visitors. But there’s more to Chaouen, list is given below:
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Medina, which is an old town of the city, under any circumstances. You will be amazed to see the Moorish architectural style and enjoy relaxed ambiance. Shopping in this town is the big attraction. Want to purchase gifts for someone? You can choose from teapots, hand woven blankets, some traditional souvenirs, and purchase local leather products.
Beside blue streets, there’s an abundance of mind blowing natural scenery around the town. About 30 minutes by taxi from town, there’s a tourist trail which leads to majestic waterfalls. The Cascades d’Akchour has a lower waterfall and highest waterfall. The blue water matches the blue theme of town and visitors can take a dip and admire the astonishing waterfalls.
Hike in the Rif Mountains and get the unbeatable panoramic views of this town. These mountains rise to 6500 feet above the Mediterranean and trails on mountains are vast and covered with cedar trees. This area, Rif Mountains, is also known for marijuana production. The best time for hiking Rif Mountains is April to June.
Kasbah is a place where sultan lived. The gate opens to large courtyard and leads to Dar el-Makhzem palace-built in the 17th century, and Kasbah Museum. The Kasbah Museum has a collection of artefacts from pottery to musical instruments and attracts many visitors. Those having interest in history must visit this place to learn about the culture and history of this town.
Heart of Medina, Plaza Uta el-Hammam is lined with restaurants and cafes. This place boasts an ambiance which is fusion of Spanish and Arab influences. This is peaceful place to relax and eat delicious food, both restaurants and street food.
With its unique octagonal minaret and stunning architecture of the 15th century, Grand Mosque is popular among tourists. But bear in mind, only Muslims are allowed to enter in this mosque.
The best time to admire the beauty of this town is spring season. So while booking seats with Lufthansa airlines reservations, try to make it in mid-March to May, when the country is lush and green.