5 things to do in Morocco’s most picturesque destination
In this old and enchanting town there’s much to see and do, here’s a guide to find out more.
If you have ever googled Morocco, then you know about its famous blue city, Chefchaouen, nicknamed the “blue pearl of Morocco.”
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Chefchaaouen was established in 1471 when Moorish and Jewish people fled here to escape the Reconquista of Spain.
1. Cascades d’Akchour
Beyond the blue streets, there’s a surplus of mind-blowing natural scenery which surrounds the town.
30 minutes from the town centre lies a tempting tourist trail which, after a beautiful walk, leads visitors to stunning waterfalls. The crystal blue waters are in keeping with the town’s blue theme, and visitors can take a dip in the rock pools, or admire the majestic waterfalls. While in the area, make sure to look out for the awe-inspiring Bridge of God, a rock arch spanning the river.
2. Hike the Rif Mountains
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For a greater appreciation of the town, go hike in the Rif mountains and admire the town from above with unbeatable panoramic views. These peaks rise to 6500 feet above the Mediterranean and boast some of the best hiking routes in Africa. There are so many options when hiking in the Rif; try the popular two-day trek to the Talasemtane National Park, which is a spectacular site in itself.
3. Visit Kasbah Museum
In the centre of the medina lie the beautiful Andalusian Gardens. Within these gardens stands the Ethnographic Museum, known as the Kasbah Museum, which invites visitors to explore its unrivalled collection of artefacts which tell the story of the Chefchaouen region, with everything from pottery to musical instruments. Not only that, there’s even a small art gallery within the museum.
4. Plaza Uta el-Hammam
Plaza Uta el-Hammam boasts a fusion between Arab and Spanish influences, seen overall in the fantastic food, both street food and restaurants, available throughout. A great central point of the town, it can be great for simply relaxing and admiring the majestic mountains which overlook the city, and people watching in the town’s centre of activity.
5. Go on a guided tour
Learn about the majestic walls and gates of the town, admire the small signs of early life here through the flour mill and enjoy the medina’s beautiful natural water spring.
Also, try local restaurants for fantastic Moroccan dishes.
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