Chefchaouen is one of Morocco’s prettiest towns. It is situated under the raw peaks of the Rif and is an artsy, blue-washed village and still retains a lovely authenticity. The Medina has both Moroccan and Andalucian influences. For instance, you’ll see gorgeous red-tiled roofs juxtaposed against blue-white buildings. Chefchaouen also has a superb food scene. You begin by visiting the souqs with your private guide. Start on the Avenue Hassan II, where a local market operates on a Monday and Thursday.
We suggest trying the amazing mountain honey and soft ewe’s cheese. The Medina is much smaller and less crowded than those you might have seen in Marrakech or Fez. At the heart of the Medina is the Plaza Uta el-Hammam. This shady, cobbled square is where you can stop for a coffee or mint tea. Next door is the Kasbah, the restored fortified walled fortress that contains a pretty garden and interesting art gallery. It is worth also popping into the ethnographic museum, which contains some images of old Chefchaouen. Also, here is the Grande Mosque, closed to non-Muslims but worth admiring the unusual octagonal tower. This was built in the 15th century by the town’s founder, Ali Ben Rachid.
You then worth your way east towards Ras el-Maa. Here you find a waterfall where local women come to do their washing. You look up and see the Spanish mosque on the hilltop above, and it’s a leisurely 2km walk to get there. Climb the minaret for the best views over Chefchaouen. You return to Ras el-Maa, where you stop for lunch at the Bab el-Ansar Cafe, which offers great views over the waterfalls.
After lunch, you set out on a pretty walk from Bab el-Ansar along the river, the Oued Ras el Maa. You will get some lovely views of the Medina above you, and the walk only takes about 30 minutes or so. You arrive at the Avenue Allal ben Abdallah, where your driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel.