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Information about Chefchaouen

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Información sobre Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen finally appears after driving around a curve. Flanked by two horns, the city is nestled in a valley surrounded by the high Rif Mountains. You can still see its medieval roots, the appearance of its Andalusian people, and its holy past. In Chefchaouen, you’ll see blue. No, really! The city is almost entirely painted in a blue palette of all hues, blurring its horizon with the sky. And in the Uta al-Hammam square, you’ll the aroma of mint in the breeze and feel transported back in time to a historical fairytale.

 

Chefchaouen is the city of many names: Chechauen, Chichauen, or even just Chaouen, all these names refer to a magical village in the Rif Mountains. The name comes from the surrounding mountains: Jebel, Kelaâ and Megu, which mean “horns”. That is why you see the horns when you enter the city.

 

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The city is full of artisans and merchants. It is also home to Sidi Berrased (Benrashid), a lord who rules over many tribes of the mountains. It was he who began to stimulate the development of this country. The inhabitants of the city and mountain pay no taxes to the Lord since most are his soldiers, whether on foot or horseback.

 The unpredictable streets of Chaouen, painted indigo to drive away mosquitoes, are ideal for walking and contemplating in wonder this place that you have come to. It is the quietest place in northern Morocco. You can easily spend hours sipping the famous mint tea, sitting on a terrace of the square and let the hours pass by.

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What to do

What to Do, Visit and See in Chefchaouen

The Alcazaba of Chefchaouen

Built in the 15th century, this building has since been completely restructured by the Ministry of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía. In its prison in 1926, you would’ve found leader Abd el Krim during the Spanish protectorate.

The Medina of Chefchaouen

All of the homes in the Medina are painted beautiful shades of blue that have an awe-inspiring effect on visitors. The Medina consists of a maze unpredictable alleys, many of them have no outlet. It is a quiet and wonderful place to go for a walk in the afternoon to admire the beauty of it all.

The Plaza Uta el Hammam in Chefchaouen

This plaza sits in the shadows of the mountains surrounding Chefchaouen. In this area you’ll find the Great Mosque, built in the fifteenth century

Souk Chefchaouen

The Souk is in the lower part of the city, at the entrance. Mondays and Thursdays are market days and people come from all over the Rif Mountains to sell their goods here.

The Washings of Chefchaouen

They are next to the source of the river and still remain in use as public laundries. Every day you will find women doing family laundry or washing out intricate carpets.

Beaches

Beaches

If you are looking for beaches near Chefchaouen, drive about a half hour drive away from the city to the Mediterranean coast of Morocco where you will find beautiful, hidden beaches. First there is the Oued Lau, but there are others also worth visiting such as Targha or Stehat.

History

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History

Chefchaouen was founded as a military site whose mission was to defend the hinterland from attacks by the Portuguese and Spaniards, who were taking over the Moroccan coast. Chefchaouen also had the role of host and place of refuge for Muslims who were leaving Spain in the fifteenth century.

These Muslim houses were built in the style of the city in which they lived in Spain, giving it a Spanish feel.  In 1920 the Spaniards took the city and had in possession until 1956 when Morocco gained independence.

Restaurants & Bars

Restaurante and bars

Casa Hassan

El Bar

Jebli

Dar Com

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