Chefchaouen the bride of the north

Chefchaouen or Chaouen as Moroccans often call it; is situated in the Rif Mountains in northwest Morocco just inland from Tangier and Tetouan. It is the chief town of the province of the same name, and is noted for its buildings in shades of blue.

The city was founded in 1471, as a small fortress, which still exists to this day, by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami (a descendant of Ibn Machich and Idris I, and through them, of the Islamic prophet Muhammad) to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco.
Along with the Ghomara tribes of the region, many Moriscos and Jews settled here after the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times. In 1920, the... Show more

The kasbah

The Kasbah is located on the Outa El-Hamman Square, right next to the Great Mosque.
This majestic Kasbah was built in the 15th century, specifically in the year 1471, by Rachid Ben Ali.
At that time, the attacks of the Christians were very repeated, to seize Morocco. This is why the resistance has mobilized and Banu Rashid declared the Holy War; Shortly afterwards, the same Banu family built this imposing Kasbah to protect the city. This Kasbah was composed of a mosque (Jama El Kebir) and various nearby houses, which were in turn surrounded and protected by a wall, thus forming the centre of the town of Chefchaouen, which developed very quickly.


The Source Ras el-Maa is really a water falling excuse to talk about the magical blue medina of Chefchaouen.
We managed to encounter a handful of small cascades that ultimately came about from a spring. There was a building surrounding this spring so we wouldn't be able to see the source in its natural self, but it was still hard to believe that such a spring could produce so much water as the Ras el-Maa River would pass along the eastern fringes of the medina of Chefchaouen before eventually emptying out into the Mediterranean Sea. As for the water falling experience, there really wasn't a particular waterfall of note, and I suppose one could argue it would be a stretch to call this a water... Show more


In the centre of the medina stand a haven of peace in a magnificent Andalusia garden; red walls and battlements blending with the ornate kasbah built by the Pasha Ahmed Errifi.

This is the setting of the Ethnographic Museum with its incomparable collections illustrating the customs and popular art of the Chefchaouen region together with those from all over northern Morocco, featuring: embroidery, wooden caskets, pottery, arms and musical instruments.


Outa El Hamman is the main square of the town of Chefchaouen. This square, predominantly red in the kasbah, is surrounded by cafes and restaurants where you can taste traditional dishes, such as couscous or Tajine, just after drinking a delicious green tea.
In the vicinity of this square, which serves as a meeting point for hundreds of people a day, you will find various sites not to be missed, such as the Great Mosque Yama el Kebir or the Kasbah of Chefchaouen and its ethnological museum. These two sites are located opposite the Place de Outa El Hamman.


When in Chefchaouen, the 'Blue City' located in the Moroccan mountains; tourists visit the Grand Mosque, the focus point of sightseeing tours. This place of worship sits at the heart of the central square, Outa el Hammam. You will witness the calling to prayer by the Muslin priests from the atypical octagonal minaret.

The fabulous, exotic urban scape attracts large crowds, and you should definitely have a camera to catch the unbelievable local flavour. Here you can also shop for lovely hand-made souvenirs of Berber heritage, such as wood and metal jewellery, rugs, blankets, or even warm, wool gowns. Keep in mind that, during to the high altitude, the weather is quite chilly especially at night,... Show more