Chefchaouen is without a doubt the hidden gem of northern Morocco. It’s magical atmosphere draws many visitors throughout the year. In Recent years, the city rose in popularity to become an essential stop during any Moroccan Trip. The little blue town actually offers a variety of activities. So in this article, i will be outlining the most interesting things to do in Chefchaouen. Follow me!
Things To Do in Chefchaouen #1 : Get Lost In The Old Medina
The medina in Chefchaouen is its most interesting sight. The Blue washed medina differs from what is usually seen in Morocco. The unique color and the overall calm atmosphere, won and still wins the hearts of many travelers and tourists.
A Walk in the medina will give you a taste of local life, as ou see people working and going about their business. Unlike other touristy cities in Morocco, you will find almost no hassle in this medina, and you can enjoy to be lost in its alleys and discover every corner. The colors are just beautiful and very photogenic.
Things To Do in Chefchaouen #2 : Hike Talassemtan National Park.
Just outside the medina and starting from Rass el Ma water stream, is the beginning of the pathway leading to the Talasemtane National Park. The Park is very well known for its breathtaking landscapes and diversified fauna and flora.
It covers a big area and can be explored for days. It offers a great opportunity for EcoTourism and many activities such as Hiking, Biking and even Kayaking in its water streams and waterfalls.
The region is mainly mountainous and can be fun to hike, just don’t forget the necessary equipment and be prepared physically for the rough paths. The park has many homes for rent if you like to hike for more than a day and eventually spend the night.
Things To Do in Chefchaouen #3 : Grab Breakfast at Rass El Ma.
Rass El Ma is the water stream running near the city walls of Chefchaouen, just outside the medina. This spot is very popular and enjoys a very relaxed atmosphere. You can sit near the water in one of the few cafés spread in the area, and enjoy the very stunning mountain view while sipping a mint tea, or grab an early breakfast here and profit from the warm morning sun.
You can also watch local women wash their clothes or carpets in the water, and take a photo wearing local traditional outfit offered by many local women for the modest fee of 5 dhs. A quick hike from Rass El Ma following the stairs on the left side, will lead you to the top of the city where you can enjoy a panoramic city view.
Things To Do in Chefchaouen #6 : Panoramic View and Natural Museum.
The top of the stairs, is the highest point of the city. The fortified walls surround the city at this point and stretch few hundred meters around the old Medina. The view of the whole town is just magnificent and gives a good insight of its tiny size. You can enjoy the commanding panoramic view of the mountains, while you catch your breath after the climb.
On the right of the city walls, there is a little park where locals relax and take their kids to play. There is also a little museum exhibiting different forms of animals and plants found in the forests and natural parks of the area. Admission to the Museum is free of charge.
Things To Do in Chefchaouen #4 : Visit The Kasbah
The Kasbah is an old Fortress built in the 15th century by the governor of Chefchaouen at that time. It was totally financed locally without any help from the central Monarque. This important landmark was established to encounter the imminent Portuguese invasion of northern Morocco. It was a meeting point for fighters from all over the area whenever a call to arms was announced.
The building has a total of 11 towers looking out its surroundings, and a large Moorish style central garden. A climb of the main towers will give you an insight of the city’s history, throughout the many photographs and information exhibited there.
This historic building is still well preserved and have been renovated many times. You can spend sometime exploring its different areas, and enjoying the views it offers over the city and main square. Admission fee to the Kasbah is 10dhs.
Things To Do in Chefchaouen #5 : Shopping.
This is where the fun with the local merchants begins. Shopping is a great experience anywhere but in Morocco it can have an additional taste of challenge. Chefchaouen has many stores selling crafts and local goods. From artisanal products to souvenirs you can browse through the merchandise and find items to your liking.
As the urge to buy products kicks in, and the products seem so be very eye-catching. You should summon the inner negotiator in you. Haggling with merchants is a local must do, and i highly recommend that you negotiate prices.
They actually expect it, so you can bargain like your life depends on it without upsetting the store owners as they are used to it. I found the craftsmanship to be very diversified and beautiful and often of good quality. Take your time to go through the shops to compare prices and choose what better fits you. Happy Shopping!!
Things To Do in Chefchaouen #7 : Akchour Falls
From the centre of Chefchaouen’s new city, you can take a shared taxi to the near village of Akchour. The village is known for its beautiful natural landscapes and its rich mountainous region. Within few kilometers, you reach the start of the journey through Akchour’s wilderness. this is a place where you can hike and enjoy nature in all its beauty.
Mountains along with forest and endless water streams are the perfect combination for a memorable day out. A two hours walk will take you through some rough terrain but once at the Waterfall, all the effort and physical pain is forgotten.
There are actually several paths in the natural park. One takes to the bottom of the waterfall and one to the top of it through a naturally made bridge called God’s Bridge or Pont de Dieu in French.
You can grab lunch after the long walk at the waterfall. There are food stalls making some delicious tagines. Or you can take a dip in the water if you don’t find it to be too cold.
A day in Akchour is a must do if you are spending a few days in Chefchaouen, as it is one of the most spectacular landscapes that can be found in Northern Morocco.
Have you been to Chefchaouen ? What are your favorite activities to do there ? Let me know what you think.
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