Something that differentiates Chefchaouen from other cities of similar importance is that it is medium sized; in other words, if we want to see the best things to do in Chefchaouen, we will not have to use any means of transportation: we will only need to enjoy a pleasant walk around the city, while appreciating the lifestyle of its citizens.
Plaza Uta El Hammam
This is the main square of the medina, and it is very likely that it is where the taxi or bus that you have used to get to Chefchaouen will leave you, provided that you have entered from the northern part of the city.
Large and rectangular in shape, it has a tall cedar in the centre that presides over the entire square and gives it its identity. In addition, it is full of shops, bars and restaurants and is usually the common point where both residents and tourists make a stop on their tour of the city, taking advantage of the view, rest, have some tea or eat.
Also noteworthy is the minaret of the great mosque, whose large loudspeakers warn of the call to prayer. Unfortunately, and as is usually the case with religious buildings in use in Morocco, it cannot be visited, but this will not prevent us from seeing it up close and admiring it.
One of the most important places to visit in Chefchaouen is the Kasbah Museum, whose facade faces the square. Recently renovated, it’s peculiar, because there is only one manager at the ticket office and he must leave his post for personal matters such as prayer or lunch. You can enter after paying 10 dirhams. It has a central garden, towers in which to admire a panoramic view of the city and a couple of restored cells.
A Museum has also been set up inside, where objects illustrating the cultural development of this region are on display. I also recommend visiting the central courtyard, presided over by a large hanging lamp.
The Communal Laundry
I have to admit that this is the place in Chefchaouen that I like the most, because it is the one I perceive as a journey through time (which on the other hand is usually one of the reasons why people go to Morocco). To go to the communal laundry, we will take the street to the right of the museum, (if we look at it from the square) and, once it ends, we will take the left.
There are several ways to do the route, but what I recommend is to start at the square and, following the path of the river (starting where the flow is smaller), go little by little until you reach the wash rooms, where the water is abundant, and there are even small waterfalls.
With a bit of luck, when we arrive we will find women rinsing and rubbing carpets and letting them dry in the sun. Obviously it will not be the same picture that we would find years before, where all the clothes of the city were cleaned here, since the great majority of the citizens have a washing machine at home, but even so, it’s shocking to see how some clothes and linen cleaned in a traditional way.
The Chefchaouen Medina
This list would not be complete without mentioning the medina: my recommendation is that you get lost in its streets, let yourself be surprised by every corner you find and appreciate the different bluish tones that identify its walls, mixed with the grey of the floor.
Another great option is a day trip to Akchour for great hikes and waterfalls.
And here is today’s little guide to what to see in Chefchaouen ! I hope that it has been of help to you and that it encourages you to visit it. And remember that I’m open to suggestions: I’m all ears if you want to mention any other place to visit in the comments.