With its 50 shades of blue, winding alleys, spectacular views and rich, age-old culture, Chefchaouen is the jewel of Morocco. Chefchaouen is the original blue city, and its shades are vibrant and mesmerizing. Photographers can get lost in its alleyways for hours, discovering new hues, decorative front doors and creative souls perfecting their craft.
For Adventuretects, visiting the magical Chefchaouen is all about relaxation, unwinding, and having a stress-free retreat. It has a sense of tranquillity and serenity. This little piece of heaven is the perfect place to escape the busy cities and experience what is authentic Morocco.
Explore The History of Chefchaouen
Meandering through the streets of Chefchaouen you’ll notice the distinct differences in architecture and to truly discover Chefchaouen, it’s important to know a bit about its history.
The city was founded in 1471 primarily as a base to launch attacks against the Portuguese in Ceuta. In the late 15th century an influx of Muslim and Jewish refugees from Granada resulted in the expansion and establishment of the formal city. Their distinct whitewashed Andalusian-style homes with a small balcony, tiled roof, and patio (often with a citrus tree in the middle – so cute!), gives the town its distinctive Spanish feel.
The Spanish invaded in 1920, and the beautiful Spanish houses on the outskirts of the city are evidence of the colonial era. Chefchaouen was granted independence in 1956, but today you can still hear Spanish, Arabic, and Berber spoken on the streets.
When exactly the blue-washed paint became popular remains a mystery, but we’re glad it did!
Baked to Perfection - Try Bread From The Communal Oven
This has to be one of the most bizarre but useful traditions we’ve come across. The local baker heats his wood-fired oven and the rest of the town pays him a small fee to bake their homemade dough. You’ll often see someone walking down the street with a tray of rolled dough above their heads!
Make sure you try this wholesome locally baked community bread. You will find bread in most of the local restaurants, served with curls of buttery heaven and a dish of your choice. Delish!
Authentic Shopping in Chefchaouen
The Old City Medina is the perfect place to window shop without any distractions. The people in Chefchaouen are surprisingly laid back! Walking through the narrow blue streets, you’ll be amazed by the colorful artwork, crafts, and trinkets. This city is full of artists.
Chefchaouen is famous for its stunning locally-made handcrafted pottery and artisanal soaps. Try the soaps, they’re absolutely luxurious and the stores smell delicious.
Chefchaouen Spa and Wellness
Relaxation and spa treatments take on new meaning in Chefchaouen. After a few days of lazy strolling through the medina, it’s time for some pampering. In Morocco, the best spas are found in Ryads, a traditional Moroccan house or palace with a beautiful interior garden and elaborate courtyard.
Our absolute favorite retreat has to be Lina Ryan & Spa. Acclaimed as the best in Chefchaouen, we can personally attest. The spa has a heated indoor pool, oriental baths, and a traditional Moroccan Hammam.
Another bonus, their rooftop has the most beautiful view of Chefchaouen. We can happily get lost here for hours.
If you’re looking for a dreamy escape from the hustle and bustle that is Morocco, this is the place to go. Often overlooked in mainstream tour itineraries, it’s quiet and peaceful throughout. It offers a glimpse of traditional Moroccan life, with all the luxuries for a wonderful retreat. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and ready for your next Moroccan adventure.