The 5 Best Things to Do In Chefchaouen

The 5 Best Things to Do In Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen, often dubbed the ‘Blue Pearl’ of Morocco for its enchanting blue houses and streets, owes its unique aesthetic to Jewish immigrants who adorned the buildings in this striking hue. The reason behind this choice remains a captivating mystery, contributing to the city’s charm and making it a perennial favorite among tourists. Spend a day or two indulging in the best things to do in Chefchaouen, and if you desire to immerse yourself further, allocate three days or more to relish the stunning natural landscapes of the surrounding Riff Mountains.

Unmissable 5 Best Things to Do In Chefchaouen:

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1. Wander the Blue Streets

Chefchaouen’s biggest draw is its beautiful blue-painted streets. People paint their houses blue for various reasons—some for practicality like keeping mosquitoes away or staying cool, while others see it as a representation of the sky, sea, or nearby waterfall. Locals keep up the tradition, attracting tourists who love the city’s picturesque streets.

Compared to other Moroccan cities, Chefchaouen is quieter, letting you peacefully stroll its blue alleys for hours, snapping photos of charming doorways and porches in the sun. Exploring these blue houses is the top thing to do in Chefchaouen!

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2. Shopping in the Medina

on of the best things to in Chefchaouen is Explore the narrow, winding blue streets of the Medina and delve into its vibrant souks! Though smaller compared to souks in cities like Fes, it’s a sought-after shopping spot. Here, discover unique native handicrafts like wool garments, woven blankets, and baskets not found elsewhere in Morocco.

Amidst these crafts, encounter pots of vividly colored paint powders in assorted pastel shades, creating a striking contrast against the blue walls—a visually captivating scene. Additionally, goat’s cheese is a hit among tourists and often accompanies many local dishes. Sampling this delicacy is a delightful and flavorful experience—an essential thing to in Chefchaouen!

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3. The Kasbah Museum

At the heart of the main square stands the Kasbah, an ancient Moroccan fortress with a rich history. Once a formidable prison, it has transformed into an ethnographic museum and art gallery. Step inside to explore a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, clothing, musical instruments, and traditional crafts, offering insights into the captivating history of the region.

Moreover, nestled within are exquisite Spanish-style gardens, offering a serene respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. Ascend the fort tower for breathtaking panoramic views overlooking the city, a captivating vantage point to behold. It’s a fascinating journey through history and a chance to appreciate the beauty and stories held within Chefchaouen’s Kasbah.

4. Plaza Uta El-Hammam

The main square in Chefchaouen, Plaza Uta El-Hammam, buzzes with activity and serves as the heart of the medina. Encircled by restaurants, shops, the Kasbah, and the Grand Mosque, this vibrant hub offers a glimpse into local life.

While the Grand Mosque remains closed to tourists as it’s still actively used for religious purposes, you can admire its distinctive octagonal minaret from the square. Take a moment to relax under the shade of the tree at the center of the cobblestone square. It’s an ideal spot for people-watching, providing a refreshing break from sightseeing—a delightful activity to enjoy while soaking up the lively atmosphere of Chefchaouen.

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5. Watch the Sunrise or Sunset from the Spanish Mosque

To catch the most stunning views of Chefchaouen, make sure not to miss the sunrise from the Spanish Mosque! While lots of people come for the sunset, I recommend starting your day here for an incredible experience.

Constructed in the 1920s, the mosque’s history has been somewhat turbulent. Locals in Chefchaouen considered the mosque ‘haram’ or forbidden, resulting in its underuse and lack of attendance for prayers. Presently, it primarily serves as a vantage point, drawing visitors for its panoramic views of the city and surroundings.

Take the road out of Chefchaouen village, passing through Bab El Onsar, the eastern gate of the Medina. After crossing the bridge, seek out the pathway ascending the hillside toward the Spanish Mosque. It’s quite straightforward and hard to miss!

I hope this 5 best things to do in Chefchaouen guide was useful and that you’ll have a great time in Chefchaouen. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to  contact us directly.

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