Chefchaouen is a gorgeous city in northeastern Morocco. It is the main city of the province with the same name. It was founded by the Moorish exiles from Spain in 1492 and lies near the Rif Mountains. It is a relaxed city with affordable accommodation.
The finest part would be the look of the city with most of the buildings painted brilliant sky blue. The clear mountain light that falls on the city gives it a magical touch. The humble town and the picturesque medina with a splendid backdrop of the Rif Mountains make it truly stunning.
About the city
It is a small fortress town that was formerly used by Chefchaouen to fight off the Portuguese entering Morocco. Chefchaouen is also referred as Chaouen by the Moroccans and derives its name from the towering mountain tops that tower over the town and look like two horns of a goat.
The call to prayer that rings out from the mosques around the town is a very blissful experience. The word literally means look at the horns. It is in close proximity to Tangier and the Spanish border. Spanish language is widely spoken here. You can find most of the houses colored nice sky blue and it comes from the tradition started by former Jewish population. The Berber rebel leader Abdel Karim ruled the city from 1921 to 1926.
He was defeated in 1926 by the Spanish troops and was imprisoned in the Kasbah. Spain ruled over the city for thirty year after which it was handed over to Morocco.
The city is known for the variety of products made locally. You may find a variety of hand made crafts that would not be found elsewhere in Morocco. It is a popular shopping destination for Moroccans and tourist alike.
You can find a variety of woven blankets and woolen garments in such vivid colors that you would really love to buy a few. The city is also known for the exceptional goat cheese available here. You can also buy carpets, leather ware, spices, metal ware etc.
You may even have your self designed leather purse or such items made from the leather artisans in the market.