The Blue City of Chefchaouen, Morocco

The Blue City of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen is by far the prettiest city in Morocco (an absolute must if you are visiting Morocco) it stands out with its unique blue buildings and it’s location with the Rif mountains as the backdrop, it is also relatively small with a population of 35,000 people, which makes it easy to get around and far less hectic as the bigger cities.

I’m Blue da ba dee da ba daa…

Why is everything in Chefchaouen blue?

Chefchaouen was painted blue by Jewish refugees who lived there during the 1930’s, the blue was used to symbolize the sky and heaven… anyway the blue caught on, which I think is pretty awesome and is what makes the place so unique and picturesque.

Where to stay, and for how long?

I stayed for 3 nights in Chefchaouen however if you are in a rush you really only need 1 full day to see and do everything, the medina (old town) is where you want to find accommodation.

Checking out the markets….

Check out these robes

Ahh the colours!!

Things to do in Chefchaouen

The main thing to do in Chefchaouen is wonder around the maze like medina admiring the blue building and finding cool spots to take some photos. It’s also worth checking out the markets, the waterfall (which isn’t that impressive but it is where the locals go to cool off, chat and do their laundry) and head up to the old mosque (Jemaa Bouuzafar) for sunset to get a great view of the city.

Along with two other guys I had met we thought it would be a good idea to climb up this…

Damn it’s soooo hot… super unprepared for this walk… I don’t even have water and i’m wearing denim shorts….

Yay!! I made it to the top!!

Look at this view… and look how far i’ve walked…

I made it back down safely… however one of my buddies sprained his ankle on the way down… ouch!

Looking out over the city during sunset by the old mosque (Jemaa Bouuzafar)

How to get to in Chefchaouen?

The best way to get to Chefchaouen is by bus and you will be able to reach Chefchaouen from all the main cities such as Marrakech, Fez, Rabat and Tangier. The day I arrived in Chefchaouen I actually started of in Tarifa (Spain) and caught the early morning ferry to Tangier (Morocco) then caught a local bus out to Chefchaouen, also i’ll add that I think the local buses are safe, I had a taxi driver try to convin