Chefchaouen blue city Morocco or the blue pearl of Morocco. It’s a small town in the northwest of Country. It is known for its blue-rinsed houses and buildings, a tradition that comes from the town’s former Jewish population. Chefchaouen as it is often called by Moroccans, is a popular tourist destination because of its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Chefchaouen Blue City derives from the Berber word for horns, Ichawen. Because the shape of the mountain tops above the town look like the two horns of a goat. There are approximately two hundred hotels catering to the summer influx of European tourists.

Visit Chefchaouen, Blue city Morocco

Chefchaouen, the blue city of Morocco

The blue city Morocco is seen as a new tourist destination because of gorgeous blue rinse that covers not only Chefchaouen’s house but its mosques, government buildings, public squares and also its lampposts and bins. the custom dates back to the 15th century, when Jewish refugees fleeing the Spanish inquisition settled  in large numbers in Chefchaouen the blue city of Morocco.

Things to do in The BLUE CITY MOROCCO

So you’re planning to Visit Chefchaouen, one of the  best travel destinations in Morocco. You are confused to put your top things to do in the blue city Morocco. In this article, we will share with you some tips on how to spice up your trip in the town. This work is based on our own experience in tourism industry which exceeds 20 years, the feedback of our customers after their trips with us, Traveling websites and some popular travel bloggers in the world…

1-Visit Chefchaouen Medina

Know also as the blue pearl, Chefchaouen boasts one of the most enjoyable Medinas in Morocco. Unlike many Medinas in Morocco, the Medina of Chefchaouen the blue city of Morocco still houses a large percentage of the city’s residents. As pleasant as it is walking through the old walled city. a stroll up and down through is made more pleasant by the sight of its residents living, for the most part, as they have for the last few hundred years.

Unlike the Medina of Marrakech or the Kasbahs of Tangier and Rabat, foreigners haven’t really been able to purchase old houses and convert them to upscale Riads so many of the local populace still actually lives in the Medina. The people of Chefchaouen are, for the most part, really pleasant and foreigners can stroll through the blue walled Medina without being harassed by touts. Most of the shop keepers have a relaxed attitude and will not hassle you.

The blue pearl, Morocco

2-Kasbah Museum of Morocco Blue City

This wonderful cultural site is located in the heart of the Medina, specifically  in the Plaza Uta el-Hammam. There is no doubt that a visit to the beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen should include a tour of this ethnographic museum. In this place you will be able to enjoy a quantity of representative objects of the culture of the region and to know closely the art of the inhabitants of the north of the country

Chefchaouen Kasbah Museum
Kasbah Museum of Chefchaouen, Morocco

3-Plaza Uta El-Hammam

The Uta El-Hammam or Outa el Hammam is the main square of Chefchaouen. It’s an historical and touristic place the town. It’s an attractive place with its several terraces of cafes and restaurants, a place of passion and entertainment. Outa El-Hammam stands out as one of the most frequented sites in the blue city. Over the years, always invaded by a large influx of tourists, who are fascinated by the beauty and importance of the historical monuments that surrounds this place.

Place Out El-Hammam in the blue city
Place Out El-Hammam in the blue city

4- The grand Mosque of the blue city Morocco

The Grand Mosque of Chefchaouen (Jamaa El-Kebir) was founded in the 16th century. It contains a prayer hall and the minaret, a fountain, a room reserved for ablutions, a courtyard and a madrasah. The prayer hall occupies a central position within the mosque and is divided into 8 naves parallel to the wall of the qibla: each nave is divided into 7 bays. The interior is devoid of decoration. The minaret, significantly higher than the hall’s roof, is decorated on three levels with brick ridges, arches and small openings. The upper level is decorated with Zellij.

Minaret of the grand mosque of Chefchaouen, Morocco
Minaret of the grand mosque of Chefchaouen, Morocco

5-Spanish Mosque

The Spanish mosque or “Bouzaafar Jamaa” was built in the 1920s by the Spanish and is just 2km from the Medina.  You can go hiking there and it takes 45mn to 1h. The mosque was built for worship but was never used. For a stunning panoramic view of the Morocco blue city of Chefchaouen, climb up to the ruins of the Spanish Mosque. Photographers will find their happiness there, especially at sunset. Remember to take a bottle of water as the climb can be a bit rough.

Spanish mosque, Blue City Morocco
Spanish mosque, Blue City Morocco

6- Souk and Chefchaouen Bazars

Souk, Bazars in Chefchaouen are the same as in Marrakech, Fès… While in souk, multiple different flavors for the mouth to enjoy; Olives, Oil, honey Hot bread, Moroccan cookies, fresh juice, fruits, vegetables, tagines, pastilla, and couscous… It all looks so good that it makes you want to taste it and buy it to try. It’s the perfect location to get some authentic hand-made products: Carpets, souvenirs and  Moroccan Crafts.

Souks are more than ordinary markets. The Souk reveals the identity of country . It’s the general meeting point of the city and villages . It’s one of the most things you should see while visiting Morocco. It makes no sense to Visit Chefchaouen Blue City without staying and taking the time to wander and get lost in the twist and turns of the local souks. Morocco’s souks reflect the most intimate and the most exciting reality of our country.

Bazaar, Souk, the traditional market
Bazaar, Souk, the traditional market

7- Medina Riads

Chefchaouen is is full of beautiful accommodations, Hotels, Riads and guest houses. But don’t expect 5 stars Hotels. Riads and guesthouses are clean and some of them are luxury. Most are located in the heart of Medina of Chefchaouen. If you prefer outside Medina, there are also many comfortable Riads where you can enjoy a stunning view from the window or terrace…

  • Our suggestion for Riads in Chefchaouen: Lina Ryad and Spa, Riad Cherifa, Riad Dar Hicham
Riad Cherifa in Chefchaouen Blue City, Morocco
Riad Cherifa in Chefchaouen Blue City, Morocco

8- Day-Trip to Akchour waterfalls from Morocco Blue City

45mn driving is enough to reach the Cascade d’Akchour from Chefchaouen blue city Morocco. Its one of the most beautiful Waterfalls in the country. The Cascades d’Akchour consisted of a lower waterfall and a much taller upper waterfall as well as a handful of other modest waterfalls and cascades sharing the same stream as the main waterfalls. In our trip, we will visit the Bridge of God (Le Pont de Dieu). which was an impressively tall natural bridge, on the same day as our long hike to the waterfalls.

Akchour waterfall hike began from a dam flanked by very tall cliffs. This dam not only produced a reservoir with practically clear-as-glass water. It also seemed to be a magnet for people wishing to go for a dip or a real short swim (though the water here was bitterly cold despite the hot weather). Facing the dam, the trail to the falls started on its left side after crossing the bridge over the river. Meanwhile, the trail to the Bridge of God started on the right side of the dam.

Akchour waterfalls

Discover the blue city with Morocco Top Trips and Tours

Chefchaouen is a relaxed and tranquil town and is a perfect antidote to many of the larger cities in Morocco. The views of the surrounding countryside are superb. Lot of tours that we offer to our customers go through Chefchaouen blue city of Morocco. In Our tours, If you decide to visit Chefchaouen with Morocco Top Trips travel agency, be ready for fun and many exciting activities: Medina of Chefchaouen, Shopping in the traditional Market “Souk” and lot of other surprises to discover… Our staff is well trained to guide exploring the blue city of Morocco.

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Akchour Waterfalls