Blogs from Chefchaouen, Tangier-Tétouan, Morocco, Africa


Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen March 12th 2019

Chefchaouen, Rif Mountains Morocco February 2019 “Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you. I could play the blues and then not be blue anymore.” B. B. King “No water, no life. No blue, no green.” Sylvia Earle “The birds they sang at the break of day, Start again I heard them say. Don't dwell on what has passed away. Or what is yet to be.” Leonard Cohen, Anthem Chefchaouen (35.1695 -5.2685) was founded in 1471 as a small kasbah fortress to fight off the invading Portuguese. It is 113 km south-east of Tangier and is nestled at the base of the Rif Mountains (best known as for the production of Moroccan hashish). After the 1492 Spanish expulsion, many Jews settled in Chefchaouen. It was also part of Spanish Morocco from 1920 until the independence in ... read more
Bab Suk outside my hotel room on market day
Neighbourhood fountain Chefchaouen medina
Dutch Peter on our trek above Chefchaouen

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen February 10th 2019

Today we say goodbye to Fes and head north to Chefchaouen, a town in the Rif mountains just south of the Mediterranean. The day starts badly. We’re made to wait 15 minutes for breakfast – how hard can it be to slice a baguette and make some coffee, which doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things but irritates badly. Aziz comes to collect us and help us pull the suitcases back along the alleyways to the nearest road where Hassan is waiting for us, smiling as ever. There’s a heavy mist, which makes the alleys quite ethereal, and reduces visibility on the drive quite considerably. We head off across the plain, which is noticeably greener and more intensively farmed than anywhere we’ve been so far on this holiday, although the villages all look rather miserable. ... read more
Public water fountain Chefchaouen
Old men

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen December 22nd 2018

The Blue City of Morocco is truly one of the most interesting sites in Morocco. This is for several reasons. First of all, as the pictures will show you, the city is really Blue. The labyrinth that makes up the old city (created in the 1400s) is painted in blue. Apparently the color comes from the Jewish communities who settled there after being expelled from Spain. As for the meaning of the color several theories exist, including it's being a spiritual reminder of heaven and earth or keeping the mosquitoes away (there were no mosquitoes in sight). Second, the city is in the Northwest part of the country and as such is this incredibly mixture of Arabic, Spanish, French and Berber communities. Here my terrible Spanish was just as useful as my terrible French. This city ... read more
Caution: Mule working

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen December 15th 2017

Od CS vypadnutie okolo 9/30, kedze obe este spali nechal som im tam pisomne podakovanie. Pesi na stanicu cca15.min. Opat ako naschval nikde nic otvorene s jedlom. Na stanici stacilo povedat nadhanacovy mesto a uz ma sikoval k dalsiemu a uzaj sedim v buse. Este siel so mnou kupit listok do kanclu, samozrejme,ze s batohom ma nechcel pustit hore do busu, tak platim este za batozinu. Domaci platia tiez, len neviem ci aj oni 10dh alebo menej. Cestou casto zastavujeme bo je to obycajny bus a nie ctm resp surpatour. V tetoune mame dokonca pol hodinovu cakacku. Tu nabieha do busu predavac vody, potom predavac zakuskov. Po vystupeni v chefcha, strasne krkolomny nazov, cita sa to šefta, vonku dobra zima. Sa ale necudujem sak je to v horach. Taxi netreba,centrum je blizko i ked do kopca. ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen December 13th 2017

It’s a little chilly, everywhere, all the time – heaters are a luxury that the better part of the third world has agreed against – so we dine in our room. Breakfasts here are bready. Everything is bready. If you sat down in a restaurant to order bread, it would come with bread. Anyway, we rise with the yeast and head out into the Civil War tribute blue streets and grey skies. We have no specific plans for today other than to try and get lost in the medina. The people here are insanely sweet and friendly. The most fierce looking, unshaven, snaggle-toothed, comic book-bad guy Arab, if taunted with a, “Bonjour,” will break into a smile and respond with, “Ca va bien?” The throaty tones of Arabic have been so vilified in our protectionist ears ... read more
Wizard outside riad
chef wizard 2
Outside riad door 1

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen December 12th 2017

Okay, so we’ve made it to Tangier and we’re in the taxi collective. One interesting aspect of the journey was a police road block where they stopped our cab, asked to see the ID of the other passengers (didn’t care about our blue-eye’d-ID) and… arrested an old man! The passenger next to Steve whispered the word, “hashish,” with breath that itself should be a felony. We still don’t know why they chose him or how they knew to arrest him save his resembling the guy from ZigZag packs. Once in Chefchhueuen, we were dropped at the curb and, of course, scoped out by locals. Our French had been coming in very handy since the first petit taxi at the ferry dock, and it didn’t hurt here either. With surprisingly non-invasive help from locals, we found a ... read more
chef riad hallway
julie in chef

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen November 16th 2017

Chefchaouen is a small village situated in the north of the country, between Fez and Tanger and which enormously makes speak about him. It should be said that Chefchaouen has the characteristic to be entirely painted in blue, an original idea from the women of the region. If the tourists are so in rush to visit Chefchaouen, it is not only for it's blue color painted everywhere, but also to consume a well known product of the area: the cannabis. The quality of hash in the city is legendary. Kif or Marijuana, sebsi or join, the reputation of the city is not anymore to make. Chefchaouen is maybe blue, but it has the green hand.... read more
Chefchaouen city
Blue arcade
Blue mosaics

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen May 17th 2017

Geo: 35.1716, -5.27069We awoke this morning to the "call to prayer", such a characteristic element of the Muslim world. We enjoyed a nice breakfast of bread, cheese, olives, jams, honey, crepes and coffee, prepared by our Riad host. We then met Morad for a nice, leisurely stroll of the Medina and old town of Chefchaouen. This beautiful, mountain-top city has many buildings which are painted blue, giving the town a cool and unique feel. Unlike places like Egypt, here the shopkeepers do not aggressively try to drag you into their shops, and our walk through the city is most pleasant. We top for a coffee in a cafe on the main square, before heading out to drive back to Tangier.Upon arriving back in Tangier, Morad takes us to one of his favourite old restaurants, with all ... read more
Jim outside our hotel
Chefchaouen the "Blue Pearl"
A old way of washing clothes and rugs

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen May 4th 2017

We awoke (Spanish) early after our final night in Spain. We packed the final few things into our bags and then made our way to the port via a sandwich shop. We were able to pick up our pre-booked tickets for the 9am ferry to Morocco without any issues so that left us with about an hour to wait until we could board the ferry. We arrived into the old port of Tangiers about an hour after we departed Tarifa. The journey was calm and, surprisingly, the ferry appeared to be mostly full of day trippers. We were planning to take a grand taxi from Tangiers to Chefchaouen, our first destination in Morocco, and had read that organising one could be quite a full on experience so had spent time researching prices, things to confirm and ... read more
Dam between Tangiers and Chefchaouen
Chefchouen street

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen October 20th 2016

Dnes jsme nasim koukanim opotrebovali modre steny Chefchauenu. Cesta tam byla trochu dlouha, cca 4 hodiny, a samotna medina je celkem mala, ale jinak slo o moc hezky zazitek. Z jakehosi duvodu totiz doslova vsechny steny maji modrou barvu, nekdy s bilymi vrsky. A jeden mistni excentrik mel barak fialovy (predstavuji si, ze ho od te doby nikdo na ulici nezdravi). Oproti Fesu tu byly urcite nizsi ceny a celkove mi tu prisli i milejsi lide. Jen deti, ktere z nas mely povyrazeni jinak standardniho dne, me trochu zklamaly svou jedinou naucenou anglickou frazi "no photo". I kdyz jsme je fotit nechteli. Takze to trochu z jejich strany vyznelo zbytecne neprijemne. Dali jsme si jidlo, navstivili par kramku a prosmejdili co nejvice zakouti, abychom proste meli vyfocene ty nejhezci modre dvere, ktere vsichni na Facebooku lajknou. ... read more
A pro změnu modré zákoutí
A pro další změnu modrá stěna
A nakonec i barák v nečekaném odstínu modré

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