Chefchaouen, Morocco

All the best of Chefchaouen for 20-something travelers

Chefchaouen boasts itself as a very laid back Moroccan city. During my first visit in 2013, I already found Chefchaouen very appealing because of its chill vibe. The people are used to tourists and there were less hustlers in the Medinas. On this second visit, I found out that nothing has changed. It’s still the Moroccan city I fell inlove with. If Chefchaouen had ocean/sea, I would’ve lived here!

The blue washed wall features of Chefchaouen dates back when the Jewish people escaped Spain. This city was once a Jewish refugee camp. For the Jews, blue is symbolism of the sky where they believe ‘God’ lives.

I have to be honest: Chefchaouen doesn’t have a lot to offer if you are traveling long-term. However, if you have a few days of travel, make sure you don’t skip this city like everyone else does! It’s really worth the visit!

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Getting to Chefchoauen

I am traveling Morocco with a car so things might be a little different. I started the drive from Casablanca, all the way up to Tangier and then Chefchoauen. From Tangier, it took me 2.5 hours (approx) with stops in between. The view was really amazing I couldn’t help it!

If you plan to travel Morocco, I definitely recommend renting a car. It’s cheap. It’s fun. It’s hassle-free!

From Casablanca

The bus station in Casablanca is located in Rue Leon L’Africain also know as Gare des Voyageurs. Buying your tickets at the station is possible however, some travelers opt to book the ride beforehand.

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  • Ticket Price: 120 – 150 MAD ($15 USD approx)
  • Trip Duration: 6.5 hours
  • Frequency: Once daily

If you want a different experience, Morocco’s train are pretty efficient, too! Trip duration is the same as taking the bus, however, if you take the train, it doesn’t go straight to Chefchaouen.

Take the train in Casa Voyageurs (Boulevard Mohamed V). Buy a ticket to Souk El Arbaa. This costs 70 – 100 MAD ($10 USD approx). The trip will take 3 hours and trains from Casablanca depart every 4 hours.

When you reach Souk El Arbaa, you have to walk to the station for 15 minutes (around 1km). The station is called Gare de Souk El Arba du Rharb. Buy a ticket to Chefchoauen (50 – 65 MAD approx, around $6 USD). The bus trip will take 2.5 hours (departs once daily).

A lot of people don’t include Chefchaouen in their itinerary because it’s way up North but if you’re in a hurry, you can take a plane to Tangier and then take a bus to Chefchaouen.

One-way flights from Casablanca to Tangier cost around 1,200 – 3,000 MAD ($120 – $300 USD approx). From Tangier, you can take a private taxi for 1,200 MAD ($120 USD approx).

A lot of people don’t include Chefchaouen in their itinerary because it’s way up North but if you’re in a hurry, you can take a plane to Tangier and then take a bus to Chefchaouen.

One-way flights from Casablanca to Tangier cost around 1,200 – 3,000 MAD ($120 – $300 USD approx). From Tangier, you can take a private taxi for 1,200 MAD ($120 USD approx).

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Where to stay in Chefchaouen

Dar Sababa is a high-rated hotel in the Medina. It’s in the middle of everything, has a super cool terrace/porch where you can see the whole blue city and has an amazing staff! I paid $50 USD per night for a private room with a view for 2 pax and no, this ain’t sponsored.

Another thing that made me book in this hotel is its name. Sababa is a hebrew slang which means “great” or “cool.” I use this word every time I am talking to Israelis.

Where to stay in Chefchaouen

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Where to eat in Chefchaouen

Second week traveling Morocco and I am honestly sick of Moroccan food. I am one of those people who eat very well and though there are not much food variety in Chefchaouen, I loved Restaurant Aladdin the most. I chose this place mainly because I want to sit down and sip my coffee with a view.

The menu is kind of expensive for its quality and you won’t enjoy the meal unless you just arrived Morocco. The staff are also not equipped in English but you will get by if you speak French or Spanish.

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The best things to do in Chefchaouen

[us_single_image image=”12361″][us_iconbox icon=”fa-eye” iconpos=”left” title=”Stroll the Medina”]Chefchaouen’s Medina is one of the prettiest and most quiet Medinas in Morocco. People are extra friendly and more relaxed. You can see all the women wearing colourful dresses that fits the blue city. Be careful because they are quite sensitive with cameras. If you want to take a photo, ask first.[/us_iconbox]
[us_iconbox icon=”fa-blind” iconpos=”left” title=”Hike the Rif Mountains”]The Rif Mountains is what makes Chefchaouen extra special. The hike is not very difficult. I’m not a physically fit person but I was able to manage the climb. Stunning view await when you are already at the top so make sure not to miss this![/us_iconbox]
[us_iconbox icon=”fa-pied-piper” iconpos=”left” title=”‘Organic’ farming tour”]Morocco is known for the good quality of hash and Chefchaouen is home to it. I am not encouraging you to try the hash but if you do this tour, you will see how interesting this ‘economy’ of Morocco is. [/us_iconbox]
[us_iconbox icon=”fa-shopping-bag” iconpos=”left” title=”Shopping”]Shopping in Chefchaouen is relatively cheaper than Marrakesh or any touristic Moroccan city. Make sure you know how to bargain because they will rip you off (sadly). I did most of my shopping in Chefchaouen (I bought gifts to 15 girl friends for only 50 Euros!)[/us_iconbox]
[us_iconbox icon=”fa-child” iconpos=”left” title=”Visit La Vie En Belle and hang out with Ibrahim!”]Now this is a super insider tip. On the way back to Dar Sababa, I was invited by this guy called Ibrahim to visit his shop. I wouldn’t normally say yes to ‘hustlers’ because of my bad experiences in the Medinas of Morocco but somehow, Ibrahim managed to convince me. We sat in his cozy shop, he offered me tea, and after two hours, I found myself buying 2 carpets from him! He is really a very good businessman and at the same time, good at entertaining people. I love this guy’s spirit! If you want to get in touch with him, please feel free to contact me. You don’t need to buy anything from him but I think it will be good for you to have the La Vie en Bleue experience with him.[/us_iconbox][us_separator style=”dashed”]

Travel Cost (Est)

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Morocco’s currency is called Moroccan Dirham (MAD –.د.م).

Conversion to US dollars: 1.00 MAD = $0.10 USD

***Prices below are in USD. Please take note that these are estimates according to my experience***

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You can check schedules and ticket prices here.

Yes! A day trip is more than enough. However, I would recommend you to stay at least one night. Chefchaouen has the coolest vibe!

Yes. Morocco is considered as a Western country due to its close proximity to Europe. They are very dependent on tourism so they are used to tourists. I have not heard any cases where women travelers were harmed in Morocco.

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Have you visited Chefchaouen? How was the experience?

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Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak, and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. In no particular order, her favorite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv.

Comments

  • May 28, 2017

    Love this guide and your ratings of hotel and restaurant. Very pleasing for the eyes. I love the blue colors of the city and thank you for explaining why the city is so blue.

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  • May 28, 2017

    This is not somewhere I’ve seen much about so good to see your report. That hotel view and the Medina are most appealing to me.

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  • Megan Jerrard
    May 28, 2017

    I would love to visit Chefchaouen and have heard much about it’s blue walls – sounds like it would be a good place for a couple of days, definitely a unique city to add as a place to drop by 🙂

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  • May 28, 2017

    This is one of the best area guides I have ever seen. The detail you go into is amazing, offering the different transport options and everything. Amazing.. I love the view from the balcony!

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  • May 28, 2017

    omg $50 a night is insane! and that hotel looks so nice. Definitely a view to die for. I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco!

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  • Chrysoula
    May 28, 2017

    What a great guide. I would love to visit Chefchaouen and Morocco in general. The view from your hotel room is amazing and the price very decent.

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  • May 28, 2017

    I absolutely love your guides! Such great information and set up so well. This is on my bucketlist and I’m pinning it!

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  • May 29, 2017

    Great way to rate the hotel, though as a post-Millenial, I am curious what a Millenial thinks needs to be different to be millenial friendly…? do you mean younger people are welcome? would someone older feel out of place?
    The medina sounds great – and thank you for the tip about photography. It’s the same in some other countries I’ve visited too

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  • May 29, 2017

    What an affordable place to visit. It looks beautiful and so colourful.

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  • May 29, 2017

    Incredibly detailed post! Chefchaouen has been on my “want to see” list for a while now. Now I feel like I’ve done enough research to book the best bang for my bucks trip. Thanks so much for sharing:)

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  • Ji Hyun
    May 29, 2017

    I have a friend who has been to Morocco and she has told me how wonderful of a place it is. I believe she travelled with her sister at that time. There was no harm done but can’t stop the “psssst psssst” or catcalling from guys. 😛

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  • May 29, 2017

    I am going to Morocco around early August, and this is something I needed to read. A friend of mine lives in Casablanca, and been asking him how safe it was for solo female travellers to go about the area, I guess it is fairly safe from your end? P.s. I love your photos! Vibrant and colorful is my style too

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  • May 29, 2017

    So, I don’t know if I’ll ever make it to this corner of the world, but I just wanted to say I absolutely love the look of this post. The tables and graphs are such a handy tool. I’ll have to pick your brain about how to implement something like that myself.

    I’d never heard of Chefchaouen before, but your photos and the way you describe it has me thinking it’s criminal I’ve overlooked it.

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  • May 29, 2017

    Wow! Okay I also really love the layout of this post. It’s so interactive. To be honest, before reading this I’d never heard of Chefchaouen but now I really want to go! One of my best friends studied abroad in Morocco and I’ve been dying to visit ever since. Hopefully, I can make a trip sooner rather than later!

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  • May 30, 2017

    Chefchaouen looks like a hidden gem. I visited quite few cities in Tunisia that had Medina, and also the old town of Chefchaouen looks the old town is worth exploring! Thanks for the detailed budget hints it seems it is still possible to keep the trip on tight budget.

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  • May 30, 2017

    Cool travel guide! Will be bookmarking this one. I’ve always wanted to go Morocco ever since I found out that it’s a visa-free country for Phil. passport holders. But it’s just sooo expensive…

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  • May 30, 2017

    I absolutely love the rating system you have applied to each section of your guide–makes it so easy to follow. Dar Sababap looks like my kind of hotel, especially with the amazing views from the porch, and I love that you bought two rugs from Ibrahim.

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  • Sandra
    May 31, 2017

    Hey Trisha!
    Great post! But sababa is not a hebrew word. Its an arabic word that is also used in israel 🙂

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  • May 31, 2017

    Your post is very informative, with beautiful pictures and great tips. However what drew my attention (mostly) was your blog’s cool design, very good job!

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  • June 3, 2017

    We traveled to Chefchaouen a few months ago and totally fell in love with the place. Luckly it wasn’t too touristy when we went so we had the place to get. We loved getting lost in the medina and taking those awesome photos. Love reading your post and its very informative for the first time visitor.

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  • June 4, 2017

    I am totally going to take your advice and not miss a visit to Chefchaouen when in the area. Looks quite beautiful and really reasonable to visit.

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  • June 4, 2017

    Great post, Trisha, and I love the interactive layout. It’s very fresh and well-organized. I’d absolutely love to visit Morocco and spend a bit of time in Chefchaouen. I love the blue walls. Not sure what you mean when you say hotels are millennial-friendly. I guess I just don’t buy into the generational talk and why one generation should get a call out over another. I’m on the cusp of millennial and post-millennial and there wasn’t anything in this article that wouldn’t appeal to travelers young and old.

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  • June 6, 2017

    Can’t believe I had not heard of Chefchoauen. Seems like a lovely place to visit. The organic farming tour sounds like something I would love to do. I’m not a big fan of shopping and crowds make me nervous. But the fact that you have mentioned that the Medina was quiet is good to know. Hiking the Rif Mountains sounds like the cherry on top for me.

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  • stacey veikalas
    June 6, 2017

    I love your guide, and your easy to read check lists! I have never heard of Chefchaouen but it looks very cute and a wonderful place to visit! Morocco is on our bucket list so this will be a great stop if we get there!

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  • June 7, 2017

    Omg, I’ve always wanted to go to this magical blue city. I hear hiking the Rif Mountains is an incredible experience. I need to get into better shape so I can enjoy the views without getting too out of breath, haha.

    Great guide!

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  • June 7, 2017

    Wow! Look at that view from your balcony! What a beautiful post with gorgeous photos and all the right information for someone making a quick visit!

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  • June 7, 2017

    I feel like a lot of people visit Chefchaouen, especially since it basically the perfect place for Instagram.

    It is far from Marrakech though, so between visiting the Sahara properly and having time to explore Marrakech we didn’t have time to also visit ghetto Blue City.

    Just reason to go back, though. We loved Morocco!

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  • June 9, 2017

    Chefchaouen looks vibrant and seems to be a great place for a quick stopover while in Morocco. Glad to find out that it’s doable on a budget as well!

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  • November 21, 2017

    Hello Trisha!

    I was in Chefchaouen last year – and I don’t recall being in another place that felt so whimsical.

    Great read and pics – thank you!

    Mick 🙂

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  • Sarah Marry
    December 3, 2018

    What an educational post! I’ve always desired to visit Morocco, and now Chefchaouen will be on my list of cities to visit there. The photos look remarkable.

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