This photoblog options town of Chefchaouen, Morocco. Nestled within the Rif Mountains, the enchanting ‘Blue Pearl’ of Morocco, as it’s fondly referred to as, showcases the range on provide while you go to Morocco. On this put up, now we have compiled images from two totally different journeys to offer you an opportunity to visually dip your toes into Chefchaouen. We additionally share sensible journey suggestions that can assist you plan a go to to this beautiful vacation spot.
So, is Chefchaouen, Morocco Price Visiting?
The brief reply is YES!
After shopping via the images on this article, we expect that you simply gained’t want a lot convincing.
Chefchaouen could be added to your Morocco itinerary as a one-stop vacation spot or as a part of a multi-destination itinerary.
Chefchaouen is a spot that reaches deep into your creativeness to tease your inventive instincts. Though a number of theories have been offered to elucidate the vivid blue colors during which the partitions and homes are painted, the simple reality you’ll discover as you wander its slim streets and alleys is that it is a easy however stunning place.
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When is the most effective time to go to Chefchaouen?
Chefchaouen metropolis is situated within the mountainous area of northwestern Morocco and so you possibly can usually count on cooler temperatures in comparison with decrease land areas in Morocco.
Temperatures are usually temperate within the spring (from March to Might) and within the autumn (September to October). Nonetheless, peak summer time temperatures could be unbearably scorching (as is way of the nation) within the months of June, July, and August.
We do advocate dressing for winter temperatures when you plan on visiting throughout colder months (mid-November to late February).
It’s no shock that Chefchaouen may be very fashionable with vacationers! Our two visits have been in March 2017 (day journey) and March 2023 (two-night keep) and each instances, the vacationer visitors was considerably low in comparison with peak journey season (April, Might, and July).
What’s the easiest way to get there?
Town of Chefchaouen is situated within the northwestern a part of Morocco and belongs to the province of the identical title.
There aren’t any main worldwide airports in Chefchaouen. You’ll must fly into a significant Moroccan metropolis and proceed your journey by highway into the Rif Mountains.
Essentially the most direct possibility is to fly into Tangier and take a non-public switch – roughly 2 hrs and quarter-hour by highway to Chefchaouen.
What number of days is sufficient to go to Chefchaouen?
Should you select to go to Chefchaouen alone, we advocate planning for 3 full days. This can be a vacation spot that may be simply seen on a fast weekend journey.
Chefchaouen is a well-liked day journey vacation spot from coastal resorts like Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay, Fnideq in northwestern Morocco. Nonetheless, with longer highway distances to cowl from locations like Fez and Rabat, we don’t assume you’ll get sufficient out of your go to when you select to do it this manner.
HDYTI Tip: Marrakech is over 7 hours away by highway so don’t even take into consideration day-tripping from there!
What actions do you counsel when visiting Chefchaouen?
#1: Stroll the blue metropolis’s streets
Resulting from its smaller dimension (inhabitants estimated at slightly below 40,000), the outdated Medina of Chefchaouen is a superb alternative for straightforward walks alongside its winding streets, a myriad of alleyways, and vibrant retailers. It’s comparatively much less chaotic to navigate than medinas in bigger cities like Marrakech, Fes, and Casablanca.
Nonetheless, you most likely gained’t get very far earlier than your appreciation for Chefchaouen’s easy magnificence instinctively makes you attain in your digital camera. In Chefchaouen, you might be spoiled for alternative relating to picture-perfect courtyards, steps, streets, and alleys.
Anticipate everybody else to be doing the identical! In our view, the most effective time of day to seize images with fewer crowds is earlier than 10 am within the mornings. This provides you time to discover earlier than the retailers open.
Nonetheless, we implore you to be respectful of locals and their privateness. This metropolis is kind of fashionable with photographers and filmmakers. It’s straightforward to neglect that actual individuals stay right here and that it’s not your private photograph/movie set.
Injury to partitions of personal properties by vacationers is sadly fairly frequent. Because of this some locals now cost a small price for images outdoors their houses.
#2: Store for locally-made merchandise
Each Moroccan metropolis of great curiosity has a medina (outdated walled part of town) with a mess of retailers situated alongside fundamental thoroughfares promoting every thing from arts and crafts (ceramics, leather-based, silverware, and many others.) to meals, spices, and fragrances.
This can be a good spot to observe your haggling expertise with out a lot stress to purchase something (you gained’t get this degree of freedom in bigger cities).
HDYTI Tip: The Chefchaouen Medina, like different medinas in Morocco, has its justifiable share of hustlers and profiteers hoping to make a fast buck from unsuspecting vacationers. When approached with a suggestion to see ‘the most effective view’ or go to ‘the most effective store’, a well mannered however agency NO is commonly enough.
#3: Hike the Rif Mountains
Visiting Chefchaouen is a superb alternative to get out your mountain climbing boots and discover native villages and go to geographical landmarks such because the Akchour Waterfalls. Guided hikes inside the Talassemtane Nationwide Park cater to newbie, intermediate, and superior hikers.
The very best instances for mountain climbing are early morning or late afternoon. The typical time really useful for a fundamental hike is round 3 hours. Cease and catch your breath whereas sipping conventional Moroccan mint tea or chilly drinks within the houses of welcoming locals.
Plan your return leg of the hike to coincide with sundown. There are a number of viewing factors that provide heartwarming views of the blue metropolis sheltered within the arms of the Rif Mountains. The Spanish Mosque is the preferred with locals and vacationers and will get very busy round that point.
HDYTI Tip: Intrepid Journey works with skilled native mountain guides who know the realm and its historical past nicely.
#4: Strive Moroccan meals in Chefchaouen, Morocco
Complimenting the inventive spirit of this metropolis, eateries like Cafe Clock provide cross-cultural meals experiences in an informal environment that includes artwork, stay music, cosy interiors, and mountain views. One in every of our favorite dishes was their shakshuka, an ideal alternative at any time of the day. For concepts on what to attempt, learn our different article about Meals Experiences to Strive in Morocco.
Nonetheless, there are a number of eateries situated in the primary sq., Plaza Uta-El Hammam the place you possibly can take pleasure in views of the Kasbah of Chefchaouen and folks watch. Be aware that this space can get fairly busy and the meals could be hit and miss.
HDYTI Tip: For the most effective meals experiences in Chefchaouen, verify opinions earlier than you commit.
#5: Take pleasure in sundown views on a roof terrace
There are a number of choices to do that together with accommodations, riads, bars, and eating places. Ask round for suggestions however be sure you get there early (particularly in peak journey season) to seize a spot.
Any suggestions for the place to remain in Chefchaouen?
For our one in a single day go to to Chefchaouen with Intrepid Journey, we stayed on the trendy Vancii Lodge (3-star) conveniently situated on the fringe of the Previous Medina.
We stayed in a Superior Room (breakfast included) that was comfy and clear. Home windows are skinny and avenue noise generally is a slight nuisance. Nonetheless, there’s a stunning rooftop terrace with nice views of the mountains. The meals high quality was first rate however unmemorable.
On the lookout for one thing extra conventional? Chefchaouen has its justifiable share of riads and personal houses that promise extra genuine cultural experiences.
For extra Chefchaouen journey suggestions, take a look at this concise however informative weblog titled: “Weekend in Morocco: Stunning, Blue Chefchaouen” by our pal MarocMama.