Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Day 15 // Chefchaouen (شَفشاوَن)

Background
Chefchaouen (pronounced "shef-shaa-wen") is, in my opinion, the prettiest city in Morocco because most of its buildings are blue! (It's affectionately known as the Blue City of Morocco.) Chaouen means "horns" in Arabic, as the city is named for the mountain tops that overlook it that, supposedly, look like goats' horns--and Chefchaouen means "look at the horns." (We visited the Atlas Mountains, and now we're in the Rif Mountains, FYI.) While climbing Mount Toubkal was the activity at the top of my list, this is the city at the top of my list for Morocco.


Transportation (FesChefchaouen)
Unfortunately, the ONCF does not run in Chefchaouen, so the bus is the only option. The CTM bus runs between Fes and Chefchaouen every few hours. The bus ride itself is about four hours and costs 70 dh. It might sound like a pain, but just trust me...it will be worth it.

Lodging
Hostal Vallparadis is in the medina but offers a quiet getaway--and it's only about $15/person/night! The reviews of this hostel make it very apparent that the owners, José and Fatima, are extremely kind and make a delicious breakfast. Plus, who wouldn't want to wake up to these views of the Rif Mountains?!

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Sights

The Kasbah of Chefchaouen is accompanied by the Kasbah Museum, which is filled with rugs, costumes, jewelry, and photographs. There's even a tower you can climb that gives you a view of the old prison! Also make sure to enjoy the gardens. Entry is 10 dh.

The Kasbah. Make sure to climb it!
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The Kasbah gardens.
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The Ras El-Maa waterfall is a Chefchaouen landmark. You only need to spend a few minutes here, but definitely take a look!
The top of the waterfall.
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If you're feeling adventurous, do a short hike through the Rif Mountains! The hike can be as short or as long as you'd like. Many hotels and guesthouses can arrange for a tour guide, or you can roam the edges of the mountains yourselves. Apparently, it is common to start near the waterfall, so there's a good chance you'll be surrounded by other hikers! One tip, though: you're near/in the marijuana-growing area of Morocco, so be wary of going through plantations. Be safe.

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End your day in the medina, and get yourself lost in the beautiful maze of blue. No apologies for the abundance of photos.

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For more inspiration, read this woman's blog post about her stay in Chefchaouen. It's absolutely beautiful and heartwarming, and well worth your time.

Vocabulary (French // Arabic // English)
  • des cornes // chaouen (شاوَن) // horns

1 comment:

  1. Just discovered your blog and oh I love it!!!! The pictures are beautiful!
    It's a dream of mine to go travel around the world!

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