Chefchaouen: Day Tour to the Blue Town from Fez
- Pickup available
- Duration: 12 hours
The tour will start with you being picked up at 8.00 AM from your accommodation in Fez. After boarding your private vehicle, you will make your way towards Chefchaouen, located in the Rif Mountains near Tangier. Upon arrival, you can marvel at the incredible blue walls that make this town famous. You will have about 4-hours to explore the picturesque small city streets of the medina. As this is a private tour, you have the luxury to decide how you would like to spend your time and there are many activities to choose from. You can discover the local shops and cafes and see the main square known as Plaza Uta el-Hammam. To experience some culture you may wish to head to the Kasbah Museum, the Grand Mosque or the Ethnographic Museum which contains musical instruments, antique weapons, and photographs of the old town. You can also stop off at the Ras Elma river that runs through the old city...
Hassan was my driver - he was super friendly and very knowledgeable. He spoke fluent English and was able to answer all of my questions. The SUV I was picked up in was very luxurious, with air conditioning which is a MUST for the 4-hour trip. In Chefchaouen, it felt a bit rushed, so it was difficult to experience the full city, but I took some great pictures, and got an overall sense of the area. Chefchaouen was great, Hassan was great, I would definitely recommend.
Embark on a journey to Chefchaouen, the famous Blue City, starting with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Meknes. Chefchaouen is located in the Rif Mountains near Tangier and as you close in, you’ll be able to recognize the city by its remarkable blue-washed buildings. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll have four hours to explore the small, picturesque city streets of the medina. Discover the local shops and cafes, the Plaza Uta el-Hammam main square, the 18th-century kasbah museum, the Grand Mosque, and the Ras Elma river that runs through the old city. You may also want to visit the ethnographic museum which contains musical instruments, antique weapons, and photographs of the old town.
On this 7-hour excursion from Tangier you’ll head high up into the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen, a town with a stunning walled medina, and originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen and features a kasbah built in the 18th century, a central mosque, and cafés with authentic Moroccan menus. The busy market offers a mix of traditional Moroccan wares and souvenirs, with some excellent bargains. The town itself is easy to explore. The kasbah, built by Moulay Ismail, is now practically a ruin and located next to it is the great mosque. Although the old medina is small, you’ll find souks offering an array of goods. If you head to the Jewish quarter behind the jewelry souk, you’ll get a feel for the difference in style between it and the main Arab town.
My wife and I had terrific experience visiting Chefchaouen from Tangier. Our tour guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable and friendly, we had great conversations during the trip - Thank you Tahir for this great experience! The country side trip was pleasurable, Morocco is very beautiful country, 'Haouen is must see and experience while in Morocco.
Start with pickup from your hotel in Malaga and be taken to the ferry boat for your journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Tangier. Once in Tangier, meet your guide and driver at the ferry terminal and begin the journey to Chefchaouen. Enjoy the scenery of the Moroccan countryside on the way. Take a guided tour of the "blue pearl" Chefchaouen. Wander through its charming stepped streets and between the blue whitewashed houses and shops. Learn about the history of the city and the many theories as to how it got its blue color. After 3 hours in this charming town, be returned to Tangier to take the ferry. Back in Malaga, be dropped back at your hotel in the late evening.
On your first day, visit the Bab Boujloud, a blue, decorated gate leading to the magnificent old Medina, then see the mosque and University of al-Qarawiyyin, the oldest educational institution operating continuously in the world. Schools such as the madrasa Bouananiya were built by Sultan Abu Anan Fares, and the Attareen School established by Sultan Osman II Abu Said. Explore the Nejjarine Museum of Arts and Crafts and see traditional tools used by artisans, carpets, barbarians, and musical instruments. Pass by the Chouara Tannery and see the city tannery. Visit the mellah of the Jewish Quarter and the Ibn Danan synagogue, the largest and oldest synagogues in North Africa. On the second day, travel to Chefchaouen old city and medina. This beautiful blue city is one of the biggest tourist attractions. The next day, depart to Casablanca and discover the landscape along the way.
Your tour will begin as your guide and driver picks you and your party up from your hotel, port, or place of choice in Tangier. From there, you will take a private ride until you reach Chefchaouen. Throughout the journey there you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes, until you eventually reach the “blue city”. Once you have reached the so-called blue city, you will enjoy free time with which you can walk around the medina and explore its unique and wonderful streets. You will visit the well known Uta el-Hammam Square, as well as the souk of the city. You will also of course have enough time to enjoy some local Moroccan cuisine, and can visit some of the many artisan shops before heading back to Tangier. Your tour will later conclude as your driver returns you to your hotel in Tangier.
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Punctuality - they picked me up at 8 am in my Riad as agreed. Tour group size - we were a very small group (2 ppl) but I was happy & thankful they did not cancel it in spite of that. The car was a comfy 4x4 in this case as we were 2 plus our driver. We had a great time in Chefchauen. It is a small city, so 4 hours is more than enough. We managed to see everything, we took awesome pictures and got lunch there. I highly recommend this tour!
Our driver, Mr. Abderrahmane, was so professional, driving so well, that the 4 hours ride passed very pleasant and in the same time we felt safe. Ask for him to have to best experience given the long and difficult ride to Chefchauen! We totally recommend the trip, event tough in the beginning we were not so decided to go, but took the best decision :).
Can only say positive things, the driver drove very safely because he didn't speak English, a guide was there. In chefchaouen we received a nice, informative 30-minute tour. Everything perfect! Even brought a forgotten book to us the day after!
It is really worth it the long trip, but be prepare for very long trip. The driver and guides at the town and during the trip were extraordinary, taking care of everything.
Aziz is a cultivated funny caring ... there is no better! Thanks Aziz