One of the best things to do in Chefchaouen Morocco is taking pictures. But there’s lots more to enjoy about this small Moroccan city.
Things to Do in Chefchaouen
Nestled comfortably in the beautiful Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen – the Blue Pearl of Morocco – sits like a glistening jewel. This picturesque walled city was founded in 1471 and served as a haven for people fleeing the Spanish Inquisition. To this day, it retains a feeling of safety – as if, within its walls – you could never come to harm.
The city is most famous for its blue-painted walls, which fill the town with tranquility and beauty. Narrow and winding cobblestone streets are filled with small cafes, shops selling beautiful, handcrafted items, and small guest-houses and riads. Considered to be one of the most charming places in Morocco, the city of Chefchaouen is a vibrant arts and crafts center with a laid back Spanish vibe. Cool temperatures make it a great place in which to escape the summer heat, while thick winter snows turn it into a wonderland.
Besides filling your day basking in the beauty of the Blue Pearl, there are a few other cool things to do in Chefchaouen to keep in mind:
Wander the Medina and the Souk
Yes, I freely admit that wandering the Medina largely goes hand in hand with taking pictures. But pictures or not, it is a wonderful experience in and of itself. Small enough to see in one day, it is also small enough that you can “get lost” safely. Meander through the narrow cobblestone streets and just taking it all in can be very good for the spirit. And no matter how lost you may feel at times, you will eventually make it back to the center of the old Medina and the Plaza Uta El Hammam.
Relax While Exploring the Plaza Uta El Hamman
This wonderful square is a great place to just bask and explore. Offering views of the wonderful Riff Mountains in every direction, the square is filled with sidewalk cafes and comfortable places to just relax and do a bit of people-watching. As you wander and explore, be sure to take a moment to view the beauty of the Grand Mosque. Only Muslims may enter the building, but even the outside of the Grand Mosque is a sight to behold. Continue exploring until you find your way to the Kasbah and the Andalusian Gardens.
Chefchaouen Ethnographic Museum and Andalusian Garden
The incredible kasbah, once a fortress protecting the area, features 11 towers, many arches, domes, parapets, and passageways to explore. Views from the towers is simply stunning, and, like the city of Chefchaouen itself, the Kasbah is filled with beauty perfect for photographers. This is especially true when you make your way to the Andalusian Gardens. Inside this stunning garden setting, you will find the Ethnographic Museum. Inside are displays of artifacts of the history of the Chefchaouen area – and all over Morocco. You’ll see pots, embroidery, tools, musical instruments, and more!
Hike to the Cascades d’Akchour
The Cascades d’Akchour is an enchanting waterfall located approximately 30 minutes out of town. This place is perfect for visitors, as an easy walking trail leads you right there. A place of stunning beauty, the water is cool and comforting on a hot summer day!
Take a Longer Hike with a Local Guide
The Rif Mountains are filled with beauty and there are some wonderful hiking routes all through the mountains. It is generally recommended to work with a local guide for the best and safest experience. But if you have a few days to explore, signing up for a longer hiking experience is definitely a great option to consider!
No matter what you choose to do in Chefchaouen Morocco, you really can’t go wrong. Large enough to offer wonderful opportunities to explore, but small enough to feel safe and tranquil, visiting Chefchaouen should definitely be in your itinerary. Make time to enjoy some or all of these things to do in Chefchaouen to make the most of your Moroccan vacation experience!