Chefchaouen, also known as the famous “blue pearl”, is a city of spectacular beauty located by the Rif mountains in Morocco. The name “Chefchaouen” derives from the Berber words “chef” (to see) and “chaouen” (two goat horns). This name is a reference to the two large mountain peaks which resemble large goat horns in the backdrop of this town.
Chefchaouen a popular tourist destination that attracts thousands of tourists every year to experience the beauty and tranquility of this town. The picturesque old medina (city) is a labyrinth of whitewashed alleyways and buildings painted in various shades of blue that will capture your senses. This town is painted in blue to reflect heat as a method of cooling down the temperatures during summer months, and also to repel mosquitoes.
It takes about 20 minutes to walk from one end of the old medina (city) to the other end, but you might find yourself walking at a slower pace to take in the mesmerizing beauty of your surroundings. You might also find yourself wandering through alleyways and exploring the surprises that you might discover around each corner, which might actually make getting lost in the medina to be an enjoyable and memorable experience.
While taking a stroll through this quaint medina, there are several interesting spots that we would recommend visiting.
You may also take a hike through the scenic Rif mountains. You might also want to take a hike up the hill to visit a Spanish Mosque that was built by the Spanish in the 1920’s but was never actually used. If you’re in for an adventure, you can head north to go to the city walls outside of the medina for a panoramic view of the city.