Add some color to your tour of Morocco with a stop in Chefchaouen
Few travel experiences are quite as varied as a tour of Morocco. From the seaside vistas along the coast to the majesty of the Atlas Mountains, there's something for everyone in this north African hotspot. While the big cities such as Casablanca, Marrakech and Fes are all popular destinations, if you're looking for somewhere off the beaten path, the town of Chefchaouen is a must see thanks to its vibrant architecture and unique culture.
A city of little over 35,000 people, Chefchaouen was founded in the mid-1400s and sits in the shadows of the Rif Mountains. Like many communities in Morocco, the town is built into the landscape around it, but it's not just the unique surroundings that make Chefchaouen an appealing tourist destination. Its trademark blue homes make it one of the most colorful cities in the world as well as speak to the city's past.
Chefchaouen was founded when Moorish and Jewish exiles settled there after leaving Spain, and building homes and alleys with blue hues has long been a Jewish tradition. There are some regions in particular that stand above the rest. One of the best places to experience the city's vibrant colors and thriving cultures is the Plaza Uta el-Hammam. The square is always full of activity, whether you want to duck in one of the local cafes or walk through the famous blue alleys. The plaza is also home to the city's Grand Mosque, which was built in the 15th century and stands a testament to the city's compelling history.
Before departing from Chefchaouen, make sure you pay a visit to the might Ras el-Maa River. You'll usually find some local residents gathered around this natural highlight, and it is undoubtedly worth checking out.