Uncovering The Secrets Of Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Beautiful Blue City

The city of Chefchaouen, in Northwestern Morocco, sits on a rugged mountainside against a backdrop of spectacular African scenery. Appearing to emerge from the desert like the mirage of a giant oasis, Chefchaouen is nicknamed the ‘Blue City’, or the ‘Blue Pearl’, on account of its azure blue painted buildings. As you explore the ancient city on foot it feels as though you are drifting through a scene in a dream, stirring every sense with its enchanting sights and sounds.

Quintessentially Moroccan, Chefchaouen’s surroundings are dominated by the Rif Mountains and panoramic views of the arid landscape. Within the city, you’ll hear the Islamic Call to Prayer ringing out from the Minarets of Mosques, smell the spicy food being cooked by street vendors and eccentric restaurants, and feel completely swept up in the vibrant atmosphere of the famous Blue Pearl.

Chefchaouen is a relatively low-cost destination which means that you can enjoy fantastic accommodation, superb cuisine and lots of activities without breaking the bank. Furthermore, the city is an ideal location to base yourself in to explore Northern Morocco whilst living in the lap of luxury amongst the azure blue buildings of Chefchaouen.

How Do You Get To Chefchaouen, Morocco?

The easiest way to get to Chefchaouen is to fly into one of Morocco’s major international airports. The most convenient international airport to fly into is Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport. You can catch a direct flight to Tangier from numerous European cities as well as from further afield. Once you reach Tangier, you can either take a taxi or catch a local bus to get to Chefchaouen.

A taxi from Tangier to Chefchaouen takes just under 2 hours and will give you the opportunity to take in the sprawling desert landscapes before you’re dropped off at your hotel in the Blue City. Alternatively, if you’d like to save money on transport, you can catch a local CTM bus. CTM buses are the main public bus service in Northern Morocco and operate frequent daily services from Tangier to Chefchaouen as well as services from other major cities such as Casablanca, Rabat and Fes.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Chefchaouen, Morocco?

The best time to visit Chefchaouen is in spring or autumn when temperatures are pleasantly warm and the city isn’t too crowded with tourists. The average daily temperatures in Chefchaouen during spring and autumn range from 15 to 25 Degrees Celsius – ideal for sightseeing and relaxing in the city.

During the summer, the peak tourist season, temperatures can get oppressively hot, often reaching as high as 40 Degrees Celsius. The least popular time of year to visit Chefchaouen is between December and February, when the weather is often cold and rainy, although hotel prices are cheaper and there are very few tourists around.

What Is There To Do In Chefchaouen, Morocco?

Discover the Blue Pearl – Walking Tour Through The City’s Hidden Gems

Meet your guide at the Vancii Hotel and set off on this 3-hour walking tour of Chefchaouen’s historic center. Along the way, you’ll be guided through the busy souks and picturesque winding streets of the Blue City. You’ll learn all about the distinctive charms of Chefchaouen as your English-speaking guide leads you on this wonderful private cultural tour. You can choose between a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule and the guide can tailor the tour to incorporate the interests of the group into the schedule.

ATV-Quad Bike Guided Tour – From Chefchaouen To Akchour Waterfall

For an exciting day trip, why not jump aboard the ATV-Quad bike tour to drive from Chefchaouen out through the desert to see the spectacular Akchour waterfall? During the exhilarating experience, you’ll be blown away by the beautiful vistas as you embrace a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime off-road adventure. The tour organizers provide everything you need for the tour, including helmets, goggles, gloves and, of course, a fully fueled ATV-Quad bike.
There is a scheduled tea stop on the tour and you’ll also be able to cool off when you reach the Akchour waterfalls. Even so, you should bring your own bottled water and a few snacks in case you get peckish during the trip. It is worth noting that the ATV-Quad bike tour is not suitable for pregnant women or anyone under the age of 16.

Guided Food Tour Of Chefchaouen – Including 6 Tasting Stops

If you’d like to discover the delicious flavors of Moroccan cuisine then this guided food tour was tailor-made for you! You’ll be guided through the enchanting Old Medina, mix with locals, and learn about the heritage of Chefchaouen’s culinary traditions in between stopping off for 6 tastings during the tour. As well as tasting a wide range of snacks and fresh produce you’ll also stop off at several unique viewpoints for some great photo opportunities to remember the day by.

4 Hour Moroccan Cooking Class

For anyone who’s impressed by the local cuisine in Chefchaouen, you can join this laidback workshop to learn how to cook some of the region’s favorite dishes. During the 4 hour class, you and a small group of others will learn all the insider tips and tricks for making authentic Moroccan cuisine.

You’ll join a professional chef who will teach you step-by-step methods of preparing dishes such as seafood Bastilla, Harcha and Tagine. After you’ve learned how to cook the dishes, you have the chance to sit down together and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Go Shopping In The Bazaars And Markets Of The Blue City

Chefchaouen is a fantastic place to go shopping and pick up some authentic, handmade souvenirs of your time in Morocco. Prices are hard to beat and there’s a dizzying array of magnificent carpets, leatherware, arts and crafts, spices, clothes and jewelry on offer throughout the city. When you go shopping in Chefchaouen you should expect to do a little bit of haggling to get a good price but the experience is fun and you’ll come away with some really unique items.

Stay At Dar Jasmine – A Modern Moroccan-Styled Hotel In The Blue City

Charmingly romantic, the Dar Jasmine hotel is a great choice for accommodation in Chefchaouen. Located 800 meters from Kasba, with stunning views of the city, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a tranquil garden and a terrace as well as an on-site restaurant.
Dar Jasmine’s eclectic rooms all have free WiFi, air conditioning, a private bathroom, complimentary toiletries and are decorated in a traditional Moroccan style. The hotel is pet-friendly and you can savor a free breakfast in the morning before you head out to explore Chefchaouen.

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