I spared one complete day to visit Chefchaouen in my 10 days Morocco travel itinerary. Before you read further, I would like to strongly recommend you to put Chefchaouen in your Morocco’s travel plan. Unlike other famous destinations in Morocco, I found that Chefchaouen is far from the hustle-bustle of city life. You don’t have to rush from one place to another to get a feel of this city. In Chefchaouen, you can literally sit in one place and still get the vibes of this culturally rich town. If you have got just one day, then here are the top things to do in the blue city of Chefchaouen. Come to Chefchaouen, just sit back, relax and go with the flow!!!
Get Lost in the Blue Medina
Chefchaouen is most famous for its blue Medina. The best way to explore it is to get lost in this labyrinth. Don’t worry; it’s not too big that you can’t find a way out in hours. While walking through this maze-like Medina, you can find several handicrafts and souvenir shops. If you find something interesting to buy then, make sure to do some price negotiations (I got some items in less than half of the quoted price).
Ras El-Maa (Rif Mountain) Viewpoint
This is a must to do thing !!! Do a small hiking (around 30 min if you are fit) to reach to the top viewpoint. From here, you can watch the whole Chefchaouen city and its blue Medina. Not to mention, this is a great place to take some photos.
Plaza Uta el-Hammam
This is Chefchaouen’s city square and presumably the liveliest part of the city. Here you can feel a unique fusion of Spanish and Arabic ambience. There are always some small performances going on by artists. You can find several open roof restaurants, which have nearly the same menus and prices. I had a lovely breakfast here while watching over the majestic mountains that surround this beautiful square (and of course sipping Moroccan mint tea!!).
Eat at Restaurant Bab Ssour
The whole city is full of restaurants but luckily I found a hidden gem (thanks to Google). This was the best food experience I had in Morocco. And if you are a vegetarian then, it’s a heaven for you (its great even if you are non-vegetarian). I guess, it was a family run restaurant and that’s why you get homemade like food and very warm hospitality. You can dine on their first floor, from where you can get the view of the surrounding mountains.
How to Reach Chefchaouen
Sadly there is no train to Chefchaouen and buses are also not too frequent. But it’s not difficult to reach there at all. I reached Chefchaouen by CTM bus from Rabat (the capital city) and I left Chefchaouen to Fez also by CTM bus. I found the CTM bus service quite good. The buses were on time, clean, air-conditioned and provided you to put single luggage without any extra charge. The only problem is the booking and information system. The websites are not well adapted to English but it’s enough to get the required information. You cannot book tickets online and have to visit the CTM office.
Rabat to Checfchaouen: The bus was at around 3 PM and took approx. 4 hours to reach Chefchaouen. The bus drops you at the main bus station from where you can get a taxi to Medina in around 15-20 MDH.
Chefchaouen to Fez: From the same bus station, you can get a bus to Fez. You don’t have to visit the bus station to book tickets because there is one CTM office in the city as well. The bus from Chefchaouen to Fez starts at 18:00 and reaches in Fez at around 22:00.