In addition to being one of the most Instagrammable cities in the world, Chefchaouen is also my favourite city in Morocco. The awe-inspiring natural surrounds and laid-back personality of the city make it a great place to spend a weekend or more to just relax or take in the sights.
I recently spent almost a week in Chefchaouen and wanted to share with you some of my favourite things to do there. I can’t wait to go back again!
Wander the Medina and blue laneways
For most cities in Morocco, ‘walk the Medina’ is the first thing you’ll be told to do. For Marrakech, Casablanca and Fez, the Medina is the place to browse the souks and immerse yourself in the maze around you. Chefchaouen has all of this too, but the environment is so much more relaxed and slower paced. Walk the blue laneways and corridors and try the small cafes, book shops and restaurants that poke out of the walls. The blue whitewashed walls that you’ve dreamt about since seeing pictures of the city are so much more relaxing and ambient in person. Take the time to wander and take it all in.
Outside of the city, Chefchaouen is great for outdoor activities and natural scenery. Take a grand taxi about 30 minutes outside of the city to visit Cascades d’Akchour. From here, you can take a beautiful walk to the stunning waterfalls and take a dip in the pools below. A short walk in the opposite direction also leads to the Bridge of God, an awe-inspiring natural rock arch over the river below. Be sure to pack plenty of food for energy and comfortable shoes. The walk isn’t tough but it can be a long day!
Get outdoors in the Rif Mountains
For a terrific view over the top of the city head up! The Rif Mountains may not be as well known as the Atlas Mountains but they can be just as impressive. Stretching almost 2000 metres into the sky, the mountains offer a panoramic view of the city and surrounding area. With some of the best hiking routes in Africa on offer, a walk to the top of the mountains is well worth a day out. So check out the gorgeous green mountains from the top, not just the bottom!
Visit the Mosque at sunset
If hiking into the mountains isn’t your cup of tea, try walking up to the Spanish mosque instead. The mosque was originally built in the 1920s but was never used. Eventually, it fell into disrepair before being restored. These days, it is now a popular attraction for tourists. The mosque is a short 20-30 minute walk from the city centre and offers stunning views over the city. Head there late in the afternoon to get a good spot as you join the crowd for a stunning sunset over the city.
Stay at Riad Baraka
After the help they gave me I feel a duty to mention the hostel I stayed at, Riad Baraka. Following a rough trip to Chefchaouen from Essaouira I had no money or place to stay. The lovely people at Riad Baraka not only gave me free accommodation until I sorted out my money to pay them back, but the owner, Anne, was kind enough to loan me a few dirham to buy some food and enjoy my stay. This was for a stranger off the street who just needed a hand and I can’t thank them enough.
Most of all, the hostel itself is a wonderful place to stay. It features a rooftop terrace that is great for chilling out after a long day of exploring. It’s the centre point of the hostel and it’s impossible not to meet people there. The staff are wonderful and accommodating and will give you tips on everything to do in the area. Riad Baraka is my favourite hostel in the world and I cannot recommend it enough!
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So there you have it, my favourite things to do in my favourite Moroccan city. Book your trip to Chefchaouen now!