6 absolute best things to do in the Blue City Chefchaouen, Morocco

6 absolute best things to do in the Blue City Chefchaouen, Morocco

6 absolute best things to do in the Blue City Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen is known as the Blue City of Morocco. Like the name says most of the houses are painted blue. It was painted blue by the Jewish refugees who lived there a long time ago. It’s a popular tourist destination but definitely not too crowded. You can easily spend two days in the town just wandering around.

chefchaouen things to do blue street pin

We found out Tourism Chefchaouen is also driven by its reputation as the center of the marijuana plantations region. But aside from smoking, there are some great things to do in Chefchaouen.

1 – Experience the best food

The taste and texture of Moroccan food is one you’ve never tasted before. On every corner of the slowing streets, you will find homemade bread baked in people their wood-fired ovens. At restaurants, they serve you typical Moroccan dishes of couscous, fish, spices, and vegetables. You can’t leave the restaurant without a cup of freshly made mint tea. This is a tradition in Morocco, not just for the companionship but for the health benefits, as well.

Get your breakfast at Plaza Uta el-Hammam which is the town’s square. For lunch or dinner, we highly recommend Restaurant Populaire Bab Ssour.

chefchaouen things to do market

2 – Sunrise and Sunset in Chefchaouen

Waking up in the early morning, get to the rooftop of your riad and enjoy the most magical sunrise you will see during your trip.
And if you are down in another sunset moment, then climb up all the way to the on a hill located Spanish Mosque where you will have a perfect view over the city. Also, see the 10-day Morocco Route.

Chefchaouen things to do mountain sunrise
Chefchaouen things to do carpets

3 – Wander around in the Medina

Explore the narrow alleys and steep climbs in the Medina (old blue city). Be amazed at how every corner you get around is a different shade of blue.

See all places to stay in Chefchaouen

4 – Shopping in the Medina

Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination as well, as it offers many native handicrafts that are not available anywhere else in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese is also popular with tourists and served with many dishes.

chefchaouen things to do oranges
chefchaouen things to do square

5 – Get out in the nature around Chefchaouen

We didn’t do this ourselves but we’ve heard a few good experiences from travelers. There are 3 main things you should do if you like a to see some nature.

  1. Ras el Maa Waterfall
  2. Bridge of God
  3. Hiking Talassemtane National Park

6 – Enjoy the beautiful bus ride to Fes

If you’re traveling around Morocco it can be a good choice to take the local bus to Fes. The beautiful scenery you will see during the trip is worth a few hours in a bus.

chefchaouen things to do streets wander

How to get to Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen can be reached by taxi or local bus from the Tangier (2,5h) and Tetouan (1,5h).  It’s not possible to fly or take the train to Chefchaouen but both Tangier and Tetouan have an airport. Yes, it takes a little time to reach Chefchaouen but it is worth the journey.

Hotels and Riads Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen has many great places to stay in. Inside the medina is a bit more expensive but there are a few great hostels you can stay in.

Hostels Chefchaouen

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Hotels Chefchaouen

Best time to visit Chefchaouen

The weather in Chefchaouen is at its best around spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The climate is good since it’s located in the mountains. In summer, people from the very hot part in Morocco will go on a vacation in this area because of the pleasant temperature.

28/02/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/morocco/chefchaouen-morocco/
Blog comments (14)

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  • Hello,
    i’ve just discovered your website suddenly by looking for some information about chefchaouen, i’m so glad that such great couple like you keep coming to find out more about morocco. i was in Chefchaouen last week and i’m still speechless how lovely breathtaking it was. these are amazing photos and a great video.
    P.S: i’m a fan from morocco.
    With Love Ikram

  • Belgiangirl

    Hebben jullie toevallig enkele tips i.v.m. transport van Tangier luchthaven naar Chefchaouen?

    • saltinourhair


      Je kunt met een bus of taxi gaan. Doordat wij laat in de avond aankwamen besloten we van te voren maar een taxi te boeken. Dat is wat duurder maar we zagen ook niet veel andere opties.


  • Hey guys!

    I was in Chefchaouen last year – and I don’t recall being in another place that felt so whimsical.

    Great read and pics- thank you!

    Mick :)

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Mick!
      Really?! Well yes, I have to say, the people are a bit old fashion…
      But the town looks wonderful, right? ?

  • Jessie Yeong

    Hi Hannah, that view over the city that you captured during sunrise was so magical and perfect. May I know which riad you stayed during your visit to Chefchaouen? I’m still on the lookout for riads with that perfect rooftop unobstructed view, need your recommendation!

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Jessie, no problem! It’s Riad Baraka, a really cool place which is also a hostel, so great to get to know other people as well!

  • Telma | Blank Canvas Voyage

    Hi Hannah and Nick :)

    Just read on Youtube that your Drone got confiscated. Sorry to hear that. Fingers crossed, you will get it back.
    Looking at your video, I see you changed the colour for the footage. Do you have a set Preset for pictures and videos, or this one can be found in Lightroom/Premier Pro?


    • saltinourhair

      Hi Telma!

      Yeah, it sucks haha. Would be great if we can get if back!
      We are working on our photo presets and it will be released next month! You can sign up and get notified in here. https://saltinourhair.com/editing-course/
      We don’t have any presets for Premiere Pro, we’re still figuring our how to do that haha.

      • Telma | Blank Canvas Voyage

        oh I see. I thought the video had some kind of filter, it looked retro/vintage. Besides the town is absolutely gorgeous. Well done the video looked great.

        Yes we are aware of the editing course. We will sign up and wait to hear from you with some more updates :)

  • Wonderful photos. I have never been to Morocco, but it looks lovely.

    • saltinourhair

      Thank you! We really recommend it to everyone!

      • Hi
        Can you recommend the best and easiest route to travel from London to Chefchouen.


        • Salt in our Hair

          Hi Jackie,

          We’re not sure as we didn’t fly from London but we would have thought it’s best to take a flight to Tangier and then take a bus from there to Chefchouen. hope that helps!

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