A Day in Chefchaouen

A Day in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is the famous blue town in Morocco. There was a large influx of Jewish people during the WWII. The blue hue represents the sky, which reminded people of heaven. The city continued to maintain its blue color. Our driver, Ali, told us that the locals would have to pay a fee to paint a color outside of blue and white. We have seen photos of Chefchaouen all over Instagram so we had to check it out for ourselves. 


1. Volubilis UNESCO Archeological Site

Volubilis UNESCO Archeological Site is an absolute must-see. The area was once occupied by the Romans Empire. What now stands in its place are remarkable historic monuments as old as 218AD. That was the oldest landmark that was clearly displayed but there are historic sites in the area. Surrounding this archeological site is a lot of greenery that one would be surprised to witness in Morrocco. 

Cost: 10dhr  | Time Spent: 2+ hrs






2. Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is a quiet and quaint little town. There is not much to do in the main district outside of shopping, admiring the blue contrasts on the building, and eating at high touristy spots. Chefchaouen is mostly a dry city. We found one bar but we noticed that those are designated for men and drinking is frowned upon, especially for women. We just had dinner and called it a night. 




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Where to Eat:

Dinner: Casa Hassan

Ali took us to Casa Hassan since his previous guests enjoyed the restaurant. The restaurant had multiple floors. We originally sat at the rooftop overlooking the city but the weather quickly got drafty. Before our meal arrived, we relocated next to a warm fireplace. It left me feeling so homey.

The restaurant is a three-course meal for 95 dhr. First, the server walked out with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. I ordered the Moroccan soup with beef skewers, rice, and veggies. For dessert, we ordered flan and an orange dessert. The food was just mediocre for me but the ambiance made up for it. 






Where to Stay:

Dar Elrio

Avenue Sidi Ahmed Elouafi Sebanin 23, Chefchaouen 91000, Morocco | Cost: €84.65

We stayed in a spacious dar riad that almost feels like a hostel. There were multiple floors and an area to kick back and relax with other guests. Our hosts gave us three options to choose from and we decided on the one with a mini fireplace. One regret of selecting this room was that we were freezing in the middle of the night. We could not operate the heaters and had to layer up.