Chefchaouen: The Blue City of Morocco

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

This summer I spent 2 weeks in Morocco. It was my first time in Africa, and I was super excited to cross my 6th continent off my list. I had been dying to go to Morocco forever!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

The number one place I wanted to visit was Chefchaouen, the famous “Blue City” of Morocco.

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Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Chefchaouen (Sheff-shah-win) is a beautiful, tiny village nestled in the mountains of Africa.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

It’s famous because the entire city is painted blue!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Chefchaouen is a maze of narrow, colorful, vibrant blue streets winding all throughout the city.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

If you’re wondering how many days to spend in Chefchaouen, we spent 2 nights and it was perfect. There’s just enough wandering and exploring to do in 2 days without getting bored and seeing the same stuff over and over.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!


How to Get There

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

I’d never been to Morocco before, so I had no idea if safe, reliable public transportation would be available. If you’re researching how to get to Chefchaouen, it can definitely be a bit confusing at first. There’s not a lot of information online, so I was worried it would be difficult to get there!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

If this is your first time too, don’t worry! It’s pretty easy to get to Chefchaouen. The CTM Bus line offers direct buses from Fes and Tangier.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Taking the CTM bus from Fes or Tangier is definitely the best way to get to Chefchaouen. The buses are clean, comfortable, luxury coaches with reclining seats and air conditioning. They are also very inexpensive!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

We took the CTM Bus from Fes to Chefchaouen. It takes about 4 hours. There are usually only 1-2 departures to Chefchaouen per day, so it’s better to buy your ticket at least one day in advance so you’re sure to get a seat.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

You’ll need to buy your ticket from the bus station in Fes. If you’re staying inside the Fes medina (you probably are, it’s the best place to stay!) you’ll have to take a taxi to the CTM bus station.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Once you arrive to the CTM bus station in Chefchaouen, you will need to take a taxi to the blue part of town. There will be plenty of taxis at the bus station waiting to take you. It’s less than 10 minutes to the blue part of town.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

A taxi should not cost more than 30 Moroccan dirhams (about $3 USD). If you really want to haggle with them, or walk down the street a bit, you can probably get a taxi for 15-20 dirhams.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

There are no cars inside the walls of the blue part of town, so your taxi will drop you off right outside the city walls. Be prepared to drag your luggage to your hotel. The taxi driver will offer to carry it for you, but they will also want a huge tip!!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!


Where to Take the Best Photos

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Chefchaouen is a photographer’s paradise!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Everything is so bright and colorful.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

These are the pigments used to paint the city!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

I couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the doors!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Here is a map of Chefchaouen with some of the best, most Instagram-worthy locations:

Chefchaouen, Morocco: A map to all the Instagram locations in the famous Blue City!

The famous “Instagram alley” is the first photo in this post, the rainbow steps is the second, and the bright blue stairs is the fourth photo from the top of this post.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

For everything else, the best thing to do is just wander in this area, around the green dotted paths and you’ll see it all!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!


Where to Stay

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

We stayed at theย Riad Rifandalus. The rooms are very cute and traditional, and the air conditioning works extremely well.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Our cute room at the Riad Rifandalus in Chefchaouen!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Breakfast and WiFI are included. Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace with a beautiful view of the blue city.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

The shower had very good water pressure, but the hot water did not last long at all! Maybe 2 minutes max! I had to be very quick in the shower, and I turned off the water when I was shampooing or soaping up.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

If you’re here to take pictures, Riad Rifandalus is in the perfect location. It’s right next to the famous blue alley you see in all the Instagram pictures of Chefchaouen.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

I also considered staying at the Casa Perleta. It’s a bit closer to where the taxi drops you off, so if you want a shorter walk with your luggage, you might prefer the Casa Perleta.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Both hotels are very close to the famous Instagram alley. Check out the locations of both hotels on the map above.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!


What to Do in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

There are two main things to do in Chefchaouen.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

The first, of course, is wander around and explore this beautiful blue city!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

But the other thing you really need to do is hike up to the Spanish Mosque for the best view of Chefchaouen.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

View of Chefchaouen from the Spanish Mosque

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

How to Get to the Spanish Mosque

If you’re exiting the Riad Rifandalus, take a left and walk all the way down the street until you’re outside of the city walls. Cross the bridge over the little waterfall and cross the street. There you’ll see a trail going up to the right to the Spanish Mosque. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the top.

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

The Spanish Mosque in Chefchaouen is the perfect spot to watch the sunset!!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

For another view of Chefchaouen, if you don’t want to do the hike, there is a store in the main square of Chefchaouen, near the Kasbah. The name of the store is L’art Maroc (look for the name above the door). It is right next to the big green door. The owner of the store very kindly let us go up to his rooftop for this view!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

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Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you  need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you  need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!

Chefchaouen: The famous blue city of Morocco!! Also known as the Blue Pearl. Here's everything you  need to know about Chefchaouen... how to get there, where the famous blue streets are, where to stay, and what to do!