17 Great Pictures of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Prior to visiting Morocco, one of the cities we had on our list as a must visit was the city of Chefchaouen. It is truly one of the country’s most beautiful cites but getting there is a little more difficult than we imagined. From our GuesttoGuest home near Martil on the northeast coast of the country, we were looking at a 1.5 hour drive over some fairly uneven terrain. We did manage to find a taxi for hire in the area through, at a pretty good rate, and so we spent a beautiful afternoon exploring exploring Morroco’s “blue” city.

No one is sure why most of it’s buildings are painted blue (though there are theories), but Chefchaouen’s colourful facades are a beautiful site to see. The city is not very large, and so we found that we had ample time to explore, grab lunch, and browse all of the artisan goods that we had no space for in our luggage. The drive into Chefchaouen from Martil was a little rocky, and the kids did get a little car sick, but it was worth the trip.

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Later on our trip to Morocco, we visited the cities of Fez and Marrakech, and even rode camels into the desert. Chefchaouen was our introduction to the beauty of Morocco. Here are some of the best pictures we captured in Chefchaouen.

Entering Chefchaouen

The drive into the city gave as a taste of the amazing sites to come. The blue shade of its buildings as they rested on a hill made it seem like the city was painted onto the hill. We were excited to see more.

Chefchaouen City Line
On our way into town, we caught a glimpse of those shades of light blue on almost every building in the city..
Chefchaouen Building Top
Clothes hanging out to dry, reminding us that thousands of people call this beautiful area home.

The Streets of Chefchaouen

Like in the medinas we would later visit in Fes and Marrakech, the streets of Chefchaouen are too narrow for cars, but watch out for small motorbikes. They occasionally make their way through the alleys with reckless abandon.

Chefchaouen Blue Streets
Inside the town, seas of blue guided us through the streets.
Chefchaouen Merchant
The city’s thriving tourist scene gives visitors ample opportunity to find some great souvenirs.
Chefchaouen paths
Who knows what wonders lie down the city’s many narrow pathways.
Chefchaouen Photographer
Yashy is always trying to steal my shots!

Merchants of Chefchaouen

We were a little surprise to discover that not all areas of the city are blue. Just as we were getting used to the ocean-like feel of the city, we found the city centre, which contains a number of restaurant options. Along the way to lunch, we passed a photo opportunity with an Ostrich, lots of local produce, and, to our kids delight, a number of cats.

Chefchaouen Casa Aladin
Through it comes close, the entire city is not blue. This central area adds some color to the town.
Chefchaouen Ostrich
When we first entered the town, this greeter made sure to welcome us.
Chefchaouen Market
More colors, and some very tasty looking produce
Chefchaouen Stray Cats
This place offers live music but our kids were more interested in the city’s many stray cats.

Posing for Pictures

The backdrop of the streets and houses gave our family the chance to snap a few family shots. The kids were more than willing to sit down for the break.

Chefchaouen Tourists
Seemed like a great place to take a few family pictures.
Chefchaouen Carpets
After all that walking, the Little Man was happy to sit down to strike a pose.
These two are trying to decide if they can climb the rocks.

Making our way home

We passed more scenes of life in the city as we made our way back to the car. On the drive home, we passed a cloud formation that was as frightening as it was beautiful, as the clouds surrounding the mountain appeared to form a giant tidal wave.

Chefchaouen Clouds
This wave like cloud is something out of a movie. It appeared to engulf the value below.
Life along the waterway near the entrance to town
We even found a sparkling blue lake on our way back home from the city.


Click here to read about the food and drink of Morocco. Be sure to check back each week for a new picture post from one of the 35 cities we visited in Europe and Morocco. Click here For a complete summary of posts from our 148 day journey or here for our adventures in Morocco.

Click here to read about where we ate in Chefchaouen with kids.

This is the fifth post in our series. We recently posted our favourite pictures from the Spanish cities of Málaga, Ronda, Granada, and Seville.

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  • kristen visser
    November 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    wow the colors are absolutely stunning! and the nature surrounding it. As if there is just an ostrich walking around LOL

  • Shirley O
    June 16, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Your photos are beautiful, they really capture the feeling of the city. I liked how the ostrich was there to greet you, so cute!

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