Chefchaouen is situated in the heart of Morocco’s Rif Mountains. The town is relaxed, with very affordable accommodations, and above all, quite stunning to look at. The streets and most of the buildings in the old part of town (medina) are painted a most brilliant sky blue. The mountains which you can see at the end of every cobbled street are rugged and majestic. The clear mountain light just adds a magical touch to the place. It’s no wonder that Chefchaouen is a favorite destination for backpackers visiting  Morocco (and it’s not just the readily available supply of hashish). The main square in the medina is lined with cafes and filled to the brim with locals and tourist mingling easily.

Plaza Uta el-Hammam, Chefchaouen

Ancient casbah of Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is situated in the heart of Morocco’s Rif Mountains. Chefchaouen (sometimes called Chaouen) is relaxed, with very affordable accommodations, and above all, quite stunning to look at. The streets and most of the buildings in the old part of town (medina) are painted a most brilliant sky blue. The mountains which you can see at the end of every cobbled street are rugged and majestic. The clear mountain light just adds a magical touch to the place. It’s no wonder that Chefchaouen is a favorite destination for backpackers visiting Morocco (and it’s not just the readily available supply of ​​hashish). The main square in the medina is lined with cafes and filled to the brim with locals and tourist mingling easily.

The Plaza Uta el-Hammam is the heart of the medina. This is the spot to take a break, drink some mint tea and watch the world go by.

Restaurants and cafes line one side of Plaza Uta el-Hammam with views of the Grand Mosque and the walls of the medina. In the late afternoon, locals and tourist gather in the square to chat and watch the world go by. Food stalls are set up as the sun sets, offering all kinds of delicious snacks. The restaurants and cafes offer traditional Moroccan fare as well as western food.

The Rif Mountains offer wonderful day hikes for visitors. Your hotel or pension should be able to organize a trip for you with a dependable guide. The Rif Mountains is where most of Morocco’s marijuana is grown, so be careful not to stray too far off the path.

Old City Walls in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen’s old city, as in all​ medinas in Morocco, is surrounded by walls, originally put up to defend the town against invaders.

Chefchaouen Man in Traditional Jellaba

jellabais is worn by both men and women in Morocco and is traditionally made of cotton and silk or wool. The garment is worn over regular clothes and is worn outside the house. Most jellabas have a pointy hood which is worn to keep warm as well as cool in the sunshine.

Chefchaouen’s Many Shades of Blue

The medina (old town) of Chefchaouen has a very relaxed atmosphere. The brilliant blue hues that cover the walls, streets make it quite unique.

Most of the streets and many walls in the medina of Chefchaouen (where you should be spending most of your time) are painted blue. It’s a lovely sight, especially in contrast with the peaks of the Rif Mountains. It was the Jewish population that started the blue trend and transformed the look of the town in the 1930s. To this day it is not uncommon to see ladies with big brushes freshening up the blue paint outside their homes.

The narrow streets of the medina are filled with cozy restaurants and shops where locals mix with tourists in an easy manner. You can’t get lost since the town is really not very big and most of the larger alleys will lead to the main square: Plaza Uta el-Hammam.

The narrow roads inside the medina can get quite steep, so if you aren’t very fit, or have difficulty walking, remember to take it easy.

Henna and Dyes in Chefchaouen

Henna is used to decorate the hands and feet usually for weddings, festivals and other special occasions.

Henna has traditionally been used to decorate the hands and feet during weddings, festivals and other special occasions. The powder (made from the henna plant) is mixed with water to produce a paste. Usually, the henna is painted directly on to the hand or foot in intricate patterns. In these modern times, there are also ready-made stencils to use that are imported from the Middle East.

When you visit Morocco, it will be easy to find a henna artist to decorate your hands or feet if you’d like to try it. The pattern will usually stay on your skin for 1-2 weeks before fading.


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