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Chefchaouen Travel Guide

Getting there

By Plane

The closest airport to Chefchaouen is the Tangier airport, 'Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport'.

By Train

There is no train station in the city.

By Bus

The bus station is situated on Mohammed V avenue, there are the following buses each day:

  • Tangier : 2 buses (via Tetouan) - travelling time 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Fes : 3 buses - travel time 4 to 5 hours.
  • Al-Hoceima, Nador : 2 buses - travel time 5 hours.
  • Meknes : 2 buses - travel time 6 hours.

By Car

Hiring a car is a good idea if you want to see some other towns and sites en route.

  • From Rabat : 3 hours 45 minutes
  • From Casablanca: 4 hours 45 minutes
  • From Tangier : 2 hours
  • From Marrakesh : 7 hours

Where to Stay in Chefchaouen

History

Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 by the Cheriff Ali ibn Rashid al-Alami with the population being mainly made up of Andalusians and Moriscos who were expelled from Spain.

Places to visit

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Chefchaouen Medina

It's an amazing experience to go walking around the Blue town and get lost in the old city. Here sellers are helpful but not pushy.

Rass el Ma

'Rass el Ma' means 'Head of the Water' in Arabic meaning the source of the water, a stream appearing from the rocks down below the medina.

The Spanish Mosque

This white mosque is on the hill opposite the medina. You can access it by following the road up from Ras el Ma and this is the best spot for taking photos of Chefchaouen.

Akchour Waterfall

The waterfalls are located inside the Rif mountains. It is a 45 minute drive to get to the trailhead for Akchour Waterfall. You can share taxis from chefchaouen which will cost you 35 Dhs (4$).
This natural park is a great place to hike and relax. If you want to reach the end of the trail, you'll have to overcome a few obstacles and it is recommended to go with a group since you will need some assistance during the walk, but it's worth it to reach the final cascade.

The Bridge of God

Called in French : 'Le Pont de Dieu' it is a very impressive natural bridge, at a height of 25m above the river near to Akchour Waterfall.

Museums

Kasbah Museum

This small museum displays local craftsmanship as well as the exhibits. You can also visit a nice Andalusian garden and enjoy a pleasent view from the top of the tower. Ticket cost : 20 Dhs (2$)

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Morocco Map Chefchaouen Coordinates: 35° 10′ 17″ N, 5° 16′ 10.99″ W
Name in English Chefchaouen
Name in Arabic Chaouen
Region Tangier - Tetouan
Population 35 709
Demonym Chaouni
Zip Code 91 202