If there is one thing that makes the city of Chefchaouen stand out and recognized, it is the strong presence blue, represented in various hues. There are several hypotheses about the reason for this peculiar color, but there are two important ones.
On the one hand, there is some practical conjecture, based on the belief that blue scares off mosquitoes, and another historical one, which says that it was the Jews themselves who started to repaint it to distinguish it from the green colour, a common colour on doors and windows in Morocco and traditionally associated with Muslim culture.
Be that as it may, there is no doubt that Chefchaouen, thanks to that characteristic colour and the proximity of its citizens, has earned itself recognition as one of the most picturesque and charming cities in Morocco.
In addition, it houses several buildings of interest, such as the Kasbah Museum or the Great Mosque; or even non-religious buildings of great cultural interest, such as the washing houses. For lovers of hiking and the mountains, it is also the starting point for starting various routes through the national parks that surround it.
For all these reasons, Chefchaouen is the best city in Morocco to get lost in its streets: whether you are a photography lover or not, you will not stop capturing memories of all the blue-tinted corners that Chefchaouen has to offer.
The climate is characterized by mild temperatures most of the year. In summer the temperature rises to approximately 30 degrees. It is advisable not to expose yourself too much to the sun and to wear sunglasses and/or a hat during the day in summer.
It is at the end of autumn and winter when it is colder, especially at night, so a coat is necessary. There is a probability of rain (around 30%). You should take a small umbrella as well as rubber shoes if you’re planning to travel during this time.
For more information, as well as the temperatures month by month and a forecast for the next days, you can consult the following link: Weather in Chefchaouen.
Places of Interest
How to get there
Travelling to Chefchaouen by plane
The closest airport is Tangier, which is about 120 kilometres away. From the airport you can arrange a taxi (it will cost around 600 dirhams) to take you to Chefchaouen. The journey time is approximately two and a half hours (see the road route from Tangier to Chefchaouen in the next section).
Travelling to Chefchaouen by road
Car is the most common way to reach Chefchaouen, as it does not have a train station.
It’s best to access the city from the north since there is a good road connecting Tangier and Tetouan. The first section is fast, however, from there to Chaouen is a national road which is used by trucks. The last 60 kilometers are traveled at a much lower pace. The total duration is approximately two and a half hours.
From the south, the route is quite different, as it is a national road with traffic congestion. It takes about four and a half hours to Chefchaouen. Also, the service stations are very scarce on this route, so it is advisable to refuel the car and grab some food before you set off.
Travelling to Chefchaouen by Bus
In the case you want to travel by bus, as in the previous case, you can do it both from the north and the south of the city.
The most common is to do it from the north, specifically from the bus station in Tangier. The company in charge of this route is CTM, with a ticket price of approximately 200 dirhams per person. Although, the schedules are very irregular.
Tickets must be bought directly at the station itself, because although there is an option to do so online, the website does not allow reservations without using a Moroccan credit card.