Your choice — a 16-hour day trip or a 29-hour overnight excursion from Casablanca to Chefchaouen! Accompanied by a licensed guide and private driver, you’ll head north from Casablanca to the Rif Mountains, where the picturesque town of Chefchaouen awaits you. Also called Chaouen, this charming town is famously dubbed “the Blue City” in reference to the blue-washed buildings which line the cobblestone streets of its old medina. That, plus its numerous artisanal markets and stunning scenery, make Chaouen a must-see destination for both domestic and international travelers.
This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility issues due to Chaouen’s steep cobblestone streets. Expect lots of walking.
Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel, cruise ship dock, or other location specified by you.
Approximately 4 hours 45 minutes via A1
Both names are used interchangeably, but Chaouen (meaning “peaks”) was the original name. The city was founded by Moulay Ali Ben Rachid in 1471 to serve as a strategic point to fight the Portuguese in Ceuta. Later the Spanish renamed the city Xaouen, and in 1975 Morocco officially renamed it Chefchaouen (“look at the peaks”).
In the late 15th century, one hundred sixty thousand Jews fled to North Africa from Spain when they were forced into exile by Queen Isabella I. Among them were those who sought peace and security by settling in Chaouen. The Jews brought with them their traditions and refined way of life from Andalusia. Another influx of Jews arrived at the beginning of the 17th century. It’s said that the Jews chose to paint their house facades blue, a color believed to represent heaven, while Muslim homes remained green or mauve. Today much of Chefchaouen’s charm comes from the many shades of blue one sees on the homes in the old medina.
Situated just above the northeastern entrance to Chefchaouen, Ras el Maa (“head of the water”) waterfall is a pretty, refreshing spot that’s both a tourist attraction and an important source of mountain fresh water. Local youth gather there to cool off while women bring their laundry to hand wash.