What to do in Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen is a hidden treasure in Morocco and should be on everyone’s Morocco itinerary when planning a vacation there. With its green valleys and blue houses, ‘the blue city’ rests high in the Rif Mountains, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Here, you’ll find eerie blue alleyways and adorable fluffy kitties as well as a laid-back ambiance and the kindest residents around.
Get Lost in the Chefchaouen Medina
It’s impossible to get lost in the Chefchaouen medina’s unending labyrinth of narrow, serpentine streets. Getting lost is part of the fun of exploring at your own leisure. You’ll come across beautiful entrances, lanes decked with colorful plant pots, and a plethora of cats.
Chefchaouen is home to some of the world’s cutest cats and kittens. In spite of the allure of a snuggle, travelers have been infected with rabies by interacting with raccoons throughout the years. Take a look at them from a distance and snap as many pictures as you want!
Shop for Memorabilia
In Chefchaouen, one of the most popular activities is to spend some time browsing the various colorful boutiques. Souvenir shopping in Chefchaouen is more expensive than in Marrakech, but it’s more fun because you won’t have to deal with the shopkeepers as much.
Colorful carpets and Moroccan lamps, as well as woven baskets and caftans are some of Chefchaouen’s best-known traditional handiwork. Chefchaouen is the place to go if you’re looking for souvenirs or gifts for friends in Morocco.
The 15th century Kasbah is located in the Place Outa El Hammam (major square) of the ancient city, near to the Grand Mosque. The Kasbah museum is located in a picturesque courtyard inside the Kasbah. There are some historical items and artwork on show in the little museum, but no one speaks English there.
For the best views of Chefchaouen and its surrounding countryside, make your way to the top of the Kasbah’s towers. For the record, we decided against going inside. We’d heard from other travelers that it’s overpriced, especially if you’re traveling with only English as your primary language.