03.10.2015 - 06.10.2015 32 °C
The Blue Jewel...Chefchaouen is a beautiful town situated on the side of Morocco's Rif Mountains. This town was founded in 1471 and served as a fortress for exiles from Spain. Nowadays, this beautiful blue town is the home of Berber tribespeople, Muslims and Jews. Some of the Berbers can still be seen wearing traditional clothing of colourful cotton clothes worn with woven hats decorated with coloured balls.
We spent three nights in Chefchaouen in a beautiful hostel, with an entire floor to ourselves consisting of a kitchen, bathroom and living area. During the day we explored the powder-blue alleyways in search of treasures and food and before sunrise we would walk to the Spanish Mosque, which boasts the best view Chefchaouen has to offer. The sun would set behind the mountains in all its pink, yellow and orange glory as the evening prayer call would echo across the valley, sounding like a chorus. Shortly after, we would make our way back down to the hostel to spend some time on the terrace, writing about our day, planning our next stop or just listening to the flow of the nearby river.
If you ever find yourself organising a trip to Morocco, definitely add Chefchaouen to your plans. The people are very friendly, with the shop owners being far more pleasant than those in the city. The old men sit in the town square, chatting and children run around, chasing kittens or playing with soccer balls. The children are very friendly and not surprisingly, bilingual.
There's a three hour bus ride from Tangier to Chechaouen a few times an day, with plenty of taxis at both ends to get your to stations and accommodation. We took a train from Marrakech to Tangier, but you can go from pretty much any of the big cities to Tangier by train or bus. Happy Travels!!