Morocco - Photo tour through the charming medina of Chefchaouen

Corner of Chefchaouen's medina in northern Morocco

While in recent months I have traveled several times to Tetouanat northern moroccoAt the beginning I had not had the opportunity to make a tourist visit beyond approaching Ceuta.

Or course, visit the medina of Tetouandeclared World Heritage by Unesco.

In the list of excursions to do in northern Morocco ranked first Chefchaouen, apart from other enclaves like Tangier or Ashila.

Panoramic view of Chefchaouen's medina in northern Morocco

People known for the characteristic blue color of their medina's houses, I have already had the opportunity to visit Chefchaouen several times to enjoy its undoubted charm.

Located 90 kilometers south of Tetouan, you reach Chefchaouen in an hour and a quarter along the winding national highway 2.

You can too to get to Chefchaouen from Fez.

If you have traveled to the north of Morocco or to Fez and want to take advantage to know this charming Azu peoplel, to know the famous blue town you might prefer to sign up for an excursion that will surely be worth it if you travel several people.
It's about a private tour with guide in Spanish which will take you a day (11 hours); here you have the information about the Tour to Chefchaouen from Tangier YTour from Fez.

The first thing I will tell you is that this excursion is totally worth it because the Chefchaouen Medina It contains beautiful corners.

But I will also tell you that it is not a small and bucolic town, as I imagined, but a large population located on the side of a mountain massif whose peaks reach 2,000 meters.

Kasba in Uta el-Hammam square in Chefchaouen's medina

Apart from some other visit that can be made, such as Spanish mosque wave Ras el Mas waterfall, the great attraction of Chefchaouen It is located in the said medina.

This has become a point of great tourist attraction, where you will not be surprised to find groups of Japanese or North Americans strolling through its alleys.

Chefchaouen history

Founded in the late fifteenth century by the Berber tribes of the area, originally this town was called Chauen, name that is still known today.

It was after the expulsion of the Moors and the Jews from Spain when they settled in Chauen and they began to build their beautiful medina, a reflection of the Andalusian tradition.

Chauen It remained closed for Christians until the arrival in 1920 of the Spanish occupiers.

Then they were surprised to see how their Jewish population kept speaking the Sephardic, dialect they used in the fifteenth century in Spain.

Corner of Chefchaouen's medina in northern Morocco

Chefchaouen, the blue town

It was in the 1930s when the white houses of the Chefchaouen Medina they were painted with the characteristic color blue current.

The Spanish abandoned Chauen at the end of the so-called protectorate in 1956 with the independence of Morocco.

Later, in 1975 he was baptized with the current official name of Chefchaouen.

On this occasion I made a first quick visit that allowed me to walk through the main areas of the medina and, of course, through the Uta el-Hammam square, true heart of it.

There you will find the old one Kasba, whose walls have been recently renovated, and the Grand mosque, with an octagonal tower not usual in Muslim temples.

A large number of restaurants and cafés with their terraces are also concentrated in this square, which makes it the true tourist center of the medina.

Corner of Chefchaouen's medina in northern Morocco

At walk through the medina of Chefchaouen You will discover numerous corners with great charm.

Of course, I anticipate that this walk will become a succession of visits from craft shops, which have taken great prominence in this corner that is reputed to be one of the most beautiful in all of Morocco.

I recognize that I am already looking forward to going back to Chefchaouen, what else can I tell you!.

Photos Chefchaouen

Now, as I anticipate your visit, here is a gallery of photos of Chefchaouen, which you find in the Tangier-Tetouan Province North of Morocco

Video: Slow TV Morocco - The Medina of Chefchaouen (November 2019).