The city of Chefchaouen

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Listed since 2010 to the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage of humanity, Chefchaouen is a small town of 40,000 inhabitants, layed at 600 m altitude at the foot of the Kelaa and Meggou mountains on the Rif chain (Northeast Morocco ).

Built on the slope of this two mountains, it breathes a limpid and fresh air that invites you to spend a few days to discover the beauty of this place and its environment.

Nicknamed “the holy city” for its many religious places, the medina of Chefchaouen is undoubtedly the prettiest of the Rif. In a peaceful atmosphere, the blue city offers the simple charms of a city known for the quality work of its many artisans.

Indeed, its historical and preserved medina is a delight of Morocco and the Arab-Andalusian influence, with its Mediterranean decor of whitewashed houses and embellished with smalt blue : along its bluish streets, turning purple to dusk, your steps will converge with rare pleasure towards the Uta el-Hammam square and the restored fortifications of the Kasbah.

Here, in the shade of the imposing central mulberry, one can enjoy the terrace of a restaurant or cafeteria, before resuming its walk to discover historical monuments such as the great mosque “El Masjid El Adamaa”. Or choose, in the evening, to climb the heights or go up the curves of the Ras el-Maa River, to admire beautiful sunsets over the city and the valley.

At 200 meters high on the city is the Andalusian mosque Jemaa Bouzafar, venerable ambassador of a panoramic view of the extensive blue of the city and the mountains of the Rif.

On the road to Akchour you will find the “Bridge of God”, an impressive arch of rock, at a height of 25m above the river of Oued Farda : this natural structure also serves as a passage between the two edges of the gorge and inspired many legends and myths.

The small village of Akchour is located towards the road of Oued Laou, 30 kilometers from Chefchaouen, accessible by bus or taxi.

The cascades of several tens of meters high that flow into fresh pools are worth a short walk to get there : back to the village, to reward your efforts, are waiting for you multiple small restaurants at very modest rates compared to the remarkable tourist qualities of the city.