If you’ve looked at a tour book of Morocco, no doubt you’ve seen photos of this city. Shades of blue can be found everywhere, the entire town melts into the sky. Located about 2 hours from Tanger, in the Rif mountains, this city is nestled into the hilltops and is a site to behold. The city is blue thanks to it’s original Jewish inhabitants, but has an Andalusian feel at the same time.
Chefchaouen was the destination on my mind. Of all the cities in Morocco it was the one I had to visit. I’ve seen the photos, blue walls to be found everywhere, shadows creeping up within the medina. Not to mention the large population of cats living within the walled city.
The city is gorgeous, no doubt and the people are friendly. The city is tucked up into the hills and you can take a day hike just outside the city into the Rif Mountains. Follow the trail markers to pass by farmers, sheepherders and maybe if you’re lucky fields and fields of kif. During our hike we met a young Moroccan man, intent on bringing us home to his family, and shared his kif with us, and Moroccan whiskey (mint tea!). As we reached the end of our hike, up in the valley beyond the city we met a a group of 7 children, minding the goats who asked us for pencils and candy. We gladly shared our lunch with them and I snapped a few photos as they left.
Chefchaouen is a remarkable city with amazing architecture. It will sweep you off your feet and your dreams will forever be lined with their blue rinsed walls.