Chefchaouen will inspire you with it's color and culture!
Beyond Tangier, we are headed into the beautiful Rif Mountain region of Morocco. Wind through the mountains until you reach Chefchaouen, the picturesque Blue City nestled in a mountain valley. Founded in 1471, ‘Chaouen’, as the locals would call it, the city has quite a mixed history of inhabitants: Berbers, Jews, Spaniards, and Moors combined over time to develop the most charming and unique of Morocco’s northern cities.
Upon arrival in the Blue City, take a guided tour of the small Kasbah, the walled-fort in the center of the medina. From here, explore the winding powder-blue pathways in all of their calming glory. Chefchaouen, as it turns out, is one of the best locations to practice your bargaining in the local market places - fair prices, well-made products, and eclectic and colorful presentations. Take a few minutes to sift through the textiles of the local carpet vendors, and explore the smells and textures of locally made argan oil, rose, and musk cosmetic products.
We'll take a break at a local restaurant for a simple meal of traditional dishes: sample local tagines, Moroccan salads and delightful desserts. As is tradition, end your meal with a sweet and minty Moroccan tea.
Stroll up the small river that flows through town to the local waterfall, where women historically clean their clothes, and where currently you can relax in one of the small cafes along the river bed. For those wishing to go for a small hike, ascend the small hill facing the town to the historic Spanish Mosque. Notice the prickly pear and agave plants lining the trail. Not currently in use, the ‘mosquita’ (as locals would call it) is in beautiful ruins, but the real star of the show is the view overlooking the quaint Blue City.
Return through the mountains towards Tangier to re-board your ship or return to your hotel, with dreams of the peace and calm that Chefchaouen inspires.
- The drive from Tangier to Chefchaouen is approximately 2.5 hours each way.
- The cost of lunch is not included in the price of the tour and costs approximately $30 per person.
- One bottle of mineral water will be provided for each guest.
- Please alert ShoreTrips in advance of any dietary restrictions or limitations.
- This tour is not available to those with limited mobility.
Days offered: 7 days a week