Enveloped by the Rif Mountains of Morocco sits the city of Chefchaouen. Chaouen, for short, is one of those places where you can’t put the camera down. I spent a majority of my visit ooohing and ahhing. I loved the more relaxed nature of Chefchaouen versus the busy cities of Tangier and Tetouan.
It’s known as The Blue City because of the blue colored buildings, introduced as a symbol of protection from the evil eye and the Devil by Jewish refugees.
While this spot is becoming more popular and more popular, it still exudes a small village charm. Kids play soccer in the empty streets. Goats, roosters, and cows meandering the mountainside.
My host ,Khadija, took me to some of the best views in Rass Lma. It’s away from the city’s medina with natural waterfalls and heart achingly gorgeous sights. Hike through the hills and absorb yourself in the quieter part of town. You’ll see people washing their clothes in the river. Or visit the top of the mosque for city views.
It’s easy to lose yourself in the winding streets. Spend time exploring the stores and stands that sell everything from soaps, magical green tubes of lipstick (they change color to suit the person!!), to pretty jewelry in an array of stones. For a local favorite for traditional Moroccan food: Aladdin or Casa Hasssan. Otherwise, sit back, relax, and drink some mint tea. (Because you’ll definitely miss it later).
What are some of your favorite cities in Morocco? Have you been to Chefchaouen? Let me know below!