THE BIG MOSQUE

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, so don't forget to take along some warm clothing and comfortable shoes, because most of the city centre can be visited only by foot.

Remember you can only visit the Grand Mosque on the outside, if you are a non-Muslim. You can ramble at ease and marvel at the surrounding buildings and narrow street, accessible only by foot. Near the Mosque you will find several cafes and restaurants in which to unwind and enjoy the quiet rhythm of life. The locals are quite friendly, the tight maze of blue and white buildings is like a fairy-tale, the scenery seems cut from 'Thousand-and-One Nights'.