Some four hours’ drive from Fez towards Tetouan and the Mediterranean coast, Chefchaouen is a small town perched on a hillside in the beautiful Rif mountains. The name means ‘look at the peaks’. The medina is washed with blue, there are lots of small, interesting shops and plenty of restaurants, particularly around Uta al Hammam Square. The sandstone Kasbah dominates the square and houses a small museum. A walk up to the old ‘Spanish Mosque’ on the hill opposite the town provides wonderful views. The road to the coast has been upgraded, and you can now reach Oued Laou on the Mediterranean in little over an hour. Spanish investment and tourism means that the town is now thriving.

Nearby Talassemtane National Park is perfect country for walking and hiking, when you can visit tiny Berber villages, investigate eco-projects, cook with a family and stay overnight in a gite. Contact us for details of one- or multi-day treks at Visit Concierge Morocco for ideas on including Chefchaouen in your itinerary.

Fez Riads represents several guesthouses in the medina: ask us for details of accommodation in Chefchaouen.