Built on a mountainside, Chefchaouen is a city with special vibes. Its unique charm gives an impression of unreality. With its blue-rinsed houses, the whole city seems to be bathed in azure. You walk around as if you were in a dream.
More than just an ornament, the beautiful Chefchaouen brims with attractions. Its heritage is rich. The inescapable Medina with its famous narrow winding alleys is an opportunity to mingle with the local population and smell and taste delights: from freshly baked bread to skillfully prepared tagines. The Kasbah stands in the middle of the old quarter: its lush gardens, located in the center of the city, are a haven of freshness. Its museum, home to a collection of old weapons, some photos of the city, and textiles, is a must-see.
In Morocco, religion is the culture. From holy sites, restored Madrasas, and the calls to prayer that fill the air 5 times a day. As you see Morocco, you’ll be surrounded by it every moment. And if you have questions, just ask, Moroccans enjoy talking about it.
Before the foundation of the first Moroccan state by Idris I in 788 AD, Morocco was home to Romans and Phonecians. Since then, Moroccan empires rose and fell, followed by colonial powers, wars, and independence. Each era left its mark on Morocco; French art deco new towns, imperial palaces and tombs, and Roman ruins are everywhere, waiting to be discovered.
Moroccan crafts are world renown for their quality and uniqueness. They’re also getting harder to find. Half of what you’ll find while walking in the Medinas are usually made in China now, and only an expert will know where to find the genuine article. So if you’re looking for real Moroccan crafts, tell your guide and he’ll know where to go.
The best way (and sometimes the only way) to see the cities of Morocco is on foot. Either on your own or with a guide, you’ll be walking for hours so be ready for it. Medina streets and alleys, some too narrow to even fit a car are old, uneven, sometimes slick, and often dirty. So good, closed-toe walking shoes are a must.