Nestled in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco is the delightfully picturesque town of Chefchaouen. Chefchaouen was founded by Moulay Ali ben Rachid in 1471 as a base from which the Berber tribes could launch attacks on the Portuguese invaders. It has retained its medieval character compared to Morocco's other towns more frequented by tourists.
The medina of Chefchaouen has become renowned as one of the most charming in Morocco. You'll wander fascinated with the soft iceberg blue created by the tinted whitewash of the town's homes and streets. Local artisans contentedly show their skills in carpet weaving, leather goods, pottery, copperware, and woodwork.
At the heart of the medina with shady alleys, is a 17th century mosque that fronts a picturesque square dotted with mulberry trees and inviting restaurants serving delicious cuisine combining Moroccan and Spanish flavors. The ambiance captures the free spirit of Morocco of the past. The effect of all this is dreamlike, making Chefchaouen an extremely tranquil and romantic place to rest for a night or longer as it is the set for several novels.
The town offers good trekking opportunities through the Rif Mountains and attractive scenery from the cafes and roof top terraces. Chefchaouen can be an easy place to get to, but a difficult one to get out of. It is a magical town and should certainly be on your must see sites.
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