A Walk Through Chefchaouen Medina (The Blue City)

Exploring the Chefchaouen Medina in Morocco is one of the best experiences in the country. Inside the old medina, everything is blue. I mean everything is blue.

Blue cats, you got it (ok maybe not…), but it’s so vibrant and chilled out.

Chefchaouen is one of the best Moroccan cities to visit.

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Exploring Chefchaouen Medina

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Local market.

Waking up in the morning you can head up the stairs of your hotel to the roof for views across the city, and maybe enjoy some sun.

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Hotel balcony for getting some writing done.

You would really love this place if taking things slow is what you like, especially after leaving behind other hectic cities such as Fez and Marrakech.

Unlike some other places in Morocco, there is almost no hassle in Chefchaouen, and the little that you do get is just some brief whispered voices of “You want some hashish”? As the nearby Rif Mountains are one of the prime marijuana growing spots in Morocco.

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The places to eat on the main square in the centre of the medina are overpriced and not very good, except for a few fresh juice places.

But it is a great place to hang out and people watch, as many of the older residents seem to do. So just grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy.

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Meeting up for a chat in the central area.
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Local mosque.

Chefchaouen is a street photographers ideal destination for the colourful buildings and the surrounding mountains, but also for the many traditionally dressed people, especially during the local market.

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At the market.
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As has been stated many times before, one of the absolute best places to get a taste for local life is down at the market.

It’s also naturally where you can get yourself some fresh tasty fruits, the best of which are the oranges.

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Market scenes.
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Chefchaouen Medina.

The weather was gloriously sunny when there at the end of April, but it is located at the foot of the Rif Mountains it can get very cold and rainy. You have been warned

Speaking of that you can do lots of multi-day hikes in the Rif Mountains. I can’t tell you how good those hikes are as I didn’t do any (other places to go), but heard there are some great walks to be done.

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Overlooking Chefchaouen from near the mountains.
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It’s quite easy to get there, especially if going from Fes to Chefchaouen as many buses pass through.

So there is no excuse not to pop in for the night if in northern Morocco.

Chefchaouen gets a lot of rave reviews from travellers you meet in Morocco. Some of that may be from the ones who went there to smoke hashish, but for many, it’s just simply the stunning location and the Chefchaouen medina.

I can highly recommend stopping there for a few days.

Just remember that what you may think will just be a short visit could turn into a week of ‘chilling’. 

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Children playing a game at night.
 

Useful links for Chefchaouen

You can find places to stay in Chefchaouen here.

A good guidebook for your travels in Morocco is the Lonely Planet Morocco

Be sure to pay a visit to nearby Fes when in Morocco .


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10 thoughts on “A Walk Through Chefchaouen Medina (The Blue City)”

  1. Katie Featherstone

    I meant to stay for 3 days and didn’t leave for about 10… Such a gorgeous little town! I love your photos of the people. It’s difficult to get those kind of shots.

  2. Cool! Yeah I only stayed 2 days myself as had a flight shortly after to England. Would have liked to stayed lobger, like you know it’s a really chilled out place!

  3. Simply stunning! Some of the best travel photos I’ve seen in a while… the one with the flower pots is perfect! I have only been to Marrakech in Morocco but it looks like Chefchaouen would be my kind of place (NOT for the smoking!).

  4. Thanks Camille 🙂 Yes Chefchaouen is very photogenic and chilled out, much more laidback than hectic Marrakech. I’m sure you will get there someday.

  5. Great pictures!I can totally relate to the laid-back atmosphere in Morocco (parts of it at least), experienced a similar vibe when visiting the city of Essaouira. Definitely visiting Chefchaouen on my next trip there, thanks for the nice post!

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