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Nestled in the foothills of the Rif mountains, around twenty miles from the Mediterranean coast, is Chefchaouen (sometimes just ‘Chaouen’). Known as ‘Morocco’s Blue City’ people visit from all around to walk through the town and see the vividly painted buildings, alleys and even paths. After a rain shower the wet blue walls glisten, and throughout the day the town glows in different shades from subtle aquamarine to vivid Majorelle blue as the sun travels through the sky and the light changes. It’s a wonderful experience and a sight you’re unlikely to see anywhere else.

Chefchaouen is somewhere where you can enjoy a real, authentic experience of Morocco, with traditional markets, hammams and restaurants to enjoy. It’s ideally placed for venturing out into the countryside too; as well as the beautiful Rif mountain range you have the Jebel Bouhachem Nature Reserve on your doorstep, and the Talassemtane National Park on the other side of the town. Whether it’s the influence of being surrounded by nature, the cool blue walls or the natural hospitableness of the Moroccan character, Chefchaouen is famous for being a friendly, relaxed place to visit. It’s certainly somewhere you don’t want to miss on your next visit to Morocco.

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Staying In Chefchaouen

Image: There are many places to stay in the medina

Chefchaouen is understandably a popular place for travellers to visit, so there are plenty of hotels, riads and hostels available to cater for the demand. Many have roof terraces where you can spend a pleasant evening watching the sun set over the mountain tops.

Getting To Chefchaouen

Image: A taxi from Tangier is an excellent way to reach Chefchaouen

Most people reach Chefchaouen from Tangier, either taking the regular bus service, hiring a Grand Taxi or a private transfer. The main bus station is about fifteen minutes walk from the medina (and this is uphill, so if you have mobility difficulties it's probably best to use one of the petit taxis that can be hired at the station).

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Notes On A Journey: Chefchaouen

Nestled deep in the North West of Morocco, perched high on the rocks of the Rif Mountains; Chefchaouen – an enchanting town that exists and thrives on steep cobbled lanes etched deep into the crooked hillside. Famously dubbed ‘the Blue City,’ Chefchaouen, (or Chaouen) proudly wears its title as the shops, homes and restaurants are…