Excursion to Chefchaouen
The modern city Avenue Hassan II is the main artery. At one of its ends is the Mohammed V square and on the other side Bab
el Ain is the main entrance to the ancient city.
The Medina :
Very charming, it houses pleasant little squares with shining, sparkling fountains. You will be able to discover about twenty mosques and sanctuaries. Andalusian inspiration is everywhere. To enter you will have to take one of the five doors and you will stroll through its maze of narrow streets among a wide variety of colors: the different products of the stores and bazaars which contrast with the bluish white of the houses.
The Kasbah :
Built in 1471, a small rectangular area occupies the northwestern part of the city. A powerful rampart flanked by crenellated towers and pierced with doors dominates the Medina. You can admire the Andalusian-style gardens and visit an ethnological museum which houses popular art and handcrafted pieces from northern Morocco.
Uta-el-Hammam Place :
Shaded, the flattest place in the city, leaning against the walls of the Kasbah, the city’s main square from where you can sit in one of the cafes surrounding it to admire the great mosque: “El Masjid El Aadam”, work remarkable to the octagonal minaret. Below this square, you will find the souks. The fondouk of the place also called caravanserai is located in the small street going up towards the medina, it is used by second-hand dealers and you can hunt around.
The Makhzen Place:
Splendid square where the market is located and which sometimes hosts ceramic exhibitions.
Ras El-Maa :
From Makhzen Square, continue straight ahead, taking the Bab-El-Onsar gate east on the mountain to reach the Ras-El-Maa source. Oasis of freshness which offers a superb view over the valley. (“Sacred source which springs directly from the mountain”) You can continue to go up to visit the small Jemaa Bouzafar mosque, otherwise you will descend along the stream and arrive at the Rif Sebbanin which is the washhouse area with the Sebbanin square and its 15th century mosque.
To visit in the surroundings
For excursions, hikes and climbs you will be spoiled for choice.
Akchour & Pont de Dieu :
About half an hour by car from Chefchaouen, a small village not far from Oued Laou Akchour is located in the heart of the Talessemtane National Natural Park and benefits from an extraordinary setting. Then on foot to discover an impressive arch of rocks twenty five meters high above the river, the result of the “Oued Fara” error, which serves as a bridge between the two banks.
Oued laou and Targha beach :
Mediterranean beach with magnificent landscapes. The large beach in the village of Targha is dominated by a 15th century fort built on a rocky outcrop.
Talassemtane Parc :
This 64,000 hectare national park covers impressive mountains and superb forests. You will be surrounded by nature and admire landscapes of exceptional beauty. You will discover rare plant and animal species.