View from the mosque above Chefchaouen. Image credit: Robert Brands

The Blue Town of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen or Chaouen also knows as “the blue town” is located in the Rif Mountains in the northern Morocco. It’s about two hours from the coastal town of Ceuta or the city of Tangier.

It is the chief town of the province of the same name, and is known for its buildings in shades of blue. It’s a small charming city of about 40,000 inhabitants, and it’s a good place to take a few days to relax. Some travelers describe the blue town as the most relaxing town in the entire country of Morocco.

Chefchaouen is about 2.5 hours' drive from Tangier. The "blue city" is a World Heritage Site.
Chefchaouen is about 2.5 hours’ drive from Tangier. The “blue city” is a World Heritage Site. Image credit: Robert Brands

The town of Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 and was painted blue by the Jewish refugees who lived there during the 1930’s.

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The Chefchaouen region is one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco. Tourism in the blue town is also driven by its reputation as centre of the marijuana plantations region in Morocco. Drugs are widespread and somehow tolerated.

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The blue town of Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination as well, as it offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The main attraction of the city is the medina, which is the old quarter and is completely walled. You can use many hours by just walking around in the Medina. If you have time for it, put your map in your pocket and get lost!.

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The town of Chefchaouen was founded in 1471.
Chefchaouen or Chaouen is a city in northwest Morocco.
Chefchaouen or Chaouen is a city in northwest Morocco. Image credit: Steffan Jensen
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The blue town of Chefchaouen
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Blue Street in Chefchaouen, Morroco







Chefchaouen Morocco Market

2 thoughts on “The Blue Town of Chefchaouen, Morocco

  1. I visited Chefchaouen last week. What a place! The medina is magical and so quiet. A world away from Tangier! It took us a while to work out how to get there. We enquired about grand taxis but were quoted clearly inflated prices (150 euros for a day trip from Tangier), so we booked through this webpage instead:

    Chefchaouen itself is a bit bigger than I expected, but I still think a day trip is sufficient. Although I would like to go back one day and spend a week there, just to get away from everything and relax. I found some quaint hotels with good rates.

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