Chefchaouen is a city that should not be skipped when planning your visit to Morocco, thanks to its main attraction, its blue walls, among others. As its popularity increases as a great tourist destination, in Morocco, the question asked by many is what are the best things to do in Chefchaouen, apart from gawking at the city’s magnificent blue walls?
This city is found at the foot of the Rif Mountains and is a total contrast to Marrakech, the well-known and more preferred city, by many tourists. If the bustling nature of Marrakech is not your scene, plan a one or two day visit to Chefchaouen, for a more relaxed trip. When in Chefchaouen, you will be surprised to find there are a lot of things to do, from snapping Instagram-worthy photos and touring historical places to shopping and eating great Moroccan cuisine. The following are some of the best things to do in Chefchaouen.
Chefchaouen Old City:
The old medina is a small corner of the Alpujarra of Granada where, silent and hidden, remains the Moorish soul of the fifteenth century.
Located on a hillside near the source of Ras el Ma, it remains the main heart of the city. Its narrow and clean streets, its houses of a bright white and blue color, the absence of cars, the sound of the water flowing between the stones, its clean air, its shops, its restaurants and especially its friendly people make from this medina an ideal place to visit all year round, as it is very attractive for international tourism.
Formerly fortified, it was divided into seven districts.
It revolves around the former Mohamed V Square and is dominated by the old Catholic Church, now a training center for young people.
In this square to the right of the church, there is a cafe and to his left: housing, the post office and, in front of it, the headquarters of the police intervention. In the center of the square there are wooden awnings with artistic benches, all surrounded by a beautiful garden.
The prolongation of this widening extended towards the medina by the Avenue Hassan II where is the sanctuary cemetery of Ali Ben Rachid, with in front of the gardens and colonial buildings. This avenue ends at Bab el Ain, right next to the Mehala barracks. The street continues along the medina until El Parador.
Continuing from Bab el Ain to the south, via Zerktouni street, we will go through the Bank of Morocco, the market, the Hispano-Arab schools and reach the exit to Al Hoceima, a lively non-tourist area with many popular cafes.
You will be able to admire thousands of characteristic Berber rugs, blankets and bedspreads from the mountainous regions of the Rif and Atlas, in wool, very bright and decorative.
All of these items are sold in most craft stores. The brightly colored bedspreads and aprons characteristic of rural women, which are made in the mountain villages near Oued Laoud, are highlighted.
Do not forget the typical Kaftan embroidery, djellabas, hats, laces and other colored wool items, often made by rural women or around Ouezzane.
Made in the neighboring Beni Saïd villages with dwarf palm. There are baskets, rugs, baskets, hats, bags, etc.
The Yebelias hats, decorated with baskets, are very picturesque.
Handmade objects made of metal, wood and leather
Metal objects: lanterns, copper lamps, tables, etc. These have very attractive works and a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
The wooden / leather objects: the representative boxes of Essaouria and the leather work done in Tetouan and Fez, like the famous slippers, belts, handbags, purses, etc.
You will be able to admire necklaces and other Berber costume jewelry, metal, cheap and ideal to make a gift. Plastic ones usually come from China.
Work on silver come from southern Morocco, Tiznit.
The red clay pottery representative of the region comes from Oued Laud, and the more primitive rifaine pottery is made of clear clay and black patterns, which vary according to the village of origin. Ceramics from Safi y Sale are more colorful and cheaper. The one with the best design and the most expensive is Fez.
The stalls on the road to Tetouan are a good place to go shopping.
There are many shops where you can buy soaps and traditional cosmetics to take care of your skin and hair.
The most characteristic are: Azmizcle, perfumes with aphrodisiac properties; ghassoul an ideal powder for skin and hair; perfume essences and creams of flowers; Argan, Nopal and Nigelle oils and creams; soaps with argan oil, lavender flowers, aloe and figs.
Not to mention the black soap made from olive oil and eucalyptus.
Other typical purchases
Many fossils are sold individually or in stone, forming tables, sinks, etc. Ask where is the “Mechifla Shop” ..
Paintings and works of art by local artists and featuring the representative motifs of Chaouen have become fashionable. There are a lot of poor quality executives in town, but you can always find something interesting if you’re looking for a little bit. The vignettes of the doors and windows of the city also ..
When it comes to buying food, you will find in the souk thousands of options, including spices. Village goat cheese, honey from the nearby mountains, olive oil, Beni Derkour olives, dried figs and bottled mineral water are peculiar to the region.
You will also find shops where you can buy natural remedies based on medicinal plants.