Welcome to Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen, or Chaouen, is commonly known as "The Blue City." A quick google will show you why. The story goes that the walls were painted blue in the 1930s by Jewish refugees who considered the color to symbolize the sky and heaven. After visiting Tangier, I made a very out of the way pit stop to Chaouen before returning to Cádiz because I had to see this magical town. Although definitely more saturated with tourists than the aforementioned city, the charm of Chefchaouen is too great to resist. 

The Medina

The center of cities in Morocco is called the medina. In Chefchaouen, it's full of narrow windy blue streets leading to homes, guesthouses, and many shops. Walk around here, chat with the locals, and get lost in the maze of paths. 

Outside the City Walls

If you walk outside of the city, you find a path to a mosque on top of a hill. Although, I did not make it to the top as I was nervous walking on my own, I think it would be something cool to check out. Otherwise, just enjoy the nature and the view from the path. At the beginning there is a little waterfall to admire as well. 


Pictured to the left is the view from the roof of my riad (the name of guesthouses in Morocco). I stayed at Riad Nerja. There was a group of us so it was affordable to split a room. Besides the sheets being dirty when we arrived, it was a nice place to stay. The bed I slept in looked like it was meant for a sultan and the roof was a great place to spend time. 


There are many many tourist restaurants at the beginning of the city by the mosque where the employees will hound you to eat there. They all offer essentially the same thing so if you are going to give into them I suggest bargaining for the best price or some free add-on to your meal. We ate here because it was easy and we got a good price. For a more authentic experience, I suggest venturing further into the streets. I saw a couple tiny little restaurants that I assume are cheaper and tastier than the tourist traps in the front.