Chefchaouen Morocco | A Photo Diary Of This Stunning Blue City!
Everywhere I went in Morocco was high on my list of places to go to but Chefchaouen was probably number one. Also known as Chaouen, this quaint city is located in the northwest region of the country in the Rif Mountains. It is also famous for being painted blue. Supposedly this is due to an influx of Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition in the 1400s and traditionally painted buildings blue.
Chefchaouen is quite small and very manageable so I don’t have a specifically recommended itinerary. Originally my siblings and I were supposed to spend 2 nights here but due to some unforeseen circumstances along the way, we only spent a night.
I could have easily spent several days relaxing though because Chaouen has such a chilled out vibe. The vendors don’t hustle you as hard. The prices are pretty much set and so there is no need to barter when you are shopping. I did try and look for a rug but I found the pattern selection to be limited. So if you’re shopping for rugs, try one of the bigger cities if you are picky.
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My suggestion for Chefchaouen is to wander around with no plan. It’s the best way to see the city. The locals are super friendly and it’s a great place for solo travellers. I separated from my brother and his wife and met up with them later to eat.
We booked a really cute place called Casa Perleta that is rated high on Tripadvisor. I would stay there again. It only has a few rooms and is more of a BnB style riad. Don’t forget to check out the views from the top terrace. And eat the tasty and free breakfast that is included.
Here are some photos from exploring around Chefchaouen:
When we drove into town we noticed this viewpoint
The front of Casa Perleta, where we stayed
The terrace on top of Casa Perleta where I chilled and met some other travelers from the US!
The view at night from Casa Perleta’s terrace
I was in love with the Rif Berber’s hats and bought one
Adorable children filling their water jugs
Kids playing football
Colors colors colors
In the center of town
These stairs are a popular place to shoot photos on IG