Chefchaouen, also known as the blue city is becoming famous year after year. It gets thousands of visitors yearly and the number is increasing. If you ever wanted to visit Morocco It is highly recommended to add Chefchaouen to your list.
The blue city is located in the foothills of the Rif Mountains near Tetouan in northern Morocco and was founded by Arab emigrants who were exiled from Andalusia in 1471. Now the town has a population of 42,786 inhabitants.
Chefchouen is very beautiful, charming and picturesque, and definitely worth a visit.
All the alleys in Chefchaouen are painted in blue. Each and every house has decorated doors and windows. And in every front door, you will find beautiful flower pots that overwhelm the place with pleasant scents.
The stairs and the contrast of the carpets and fabric shops along the narrow alleys make the medina of Chefchaouen a special place.
Chefchaouen is a place where it is a pleasure to get lost, it is an extraordinary, supernatural place. It has a beautiful little Medina in which all houses are painted in intense blue and white colors. Its narrow streets, slopes and typical ladders make it look like a typical Andalusian town.
If you have already visited other Moroccan cities, you will be surprised by the radical contrast with the rest of the country. Chefchaouen has a very romantic atmosphere with a well-kept blue spirit.
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It is a good alternative to escape the hassle and noise of the big Medinas of Morocco. The place is very quiet and calm, and the local people are very friendly.
Tourists are normally asked by locals shopkeepers to enter their shops and buy something. If you are not interested, saying "No Thanks" will be enough to send them away. They are not as pushy as the vendors in the medina of Marrakech or Fez.
Chefchaouen like other cities in North Morocco is very known for illegally producing weed of good quality. Many people from all around the world come to Chefchaouen just for the weed.
You were offered to buy some weed or smoke a blunt, just Ignore the kif dealers unless you are a stoner then go up the hills roll a blunt and enjoy the view. :D
Chefchaouen will make you believe that time travel is possible. It will give you the opportunity to get back to the Middle Ages, as the locals of the blue city have always kept a traditional and simple way of living.
Chefchaouen is one of the rare places in the world where it is a pleasure to get lost. Each new little street introduces you to some exotic secret or an amazing place.
All streets of Chefchaouen Medina are clean and easy to walk around, both during day time as well as night-time. You might very much like a walk at night-time. You will feel like you are in the middle of a story of the Arabian nights.
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What to do in Chefchaouen
One of the most recommended things to do in Chafchaoen is to visit the Medina on a Thursday, as it is a souk day. You will be able to take an inside look at the simple life of locals in the blue city.
There you will see children play and run all over the place. Local people wearing traditional typical clothes doing their activities of daily living. Shop owners selling their crafts. And also cats posing everywhere like they own the place. Do not forget to visit the public laundries as it is a weekly task of local women in Chefchaoen.
The best place for photography lovers
If you like photography! I can tell you that there are picture opportunities around every corner in the blue city. You will take great photos if you go up the hill as you will be able to enjoy the view of the whole city from above.
Chefchaouen is a Very beautiful and unique place, just stunning and full of magic. Many people compare it to the famous Santorini and Alpujarra. But being in the blue pearl of Morocco will make you feel like you are in the middle of a beautiful dream, but no! Chefchaouen exists.
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