I’m not sure how we did it, but on March 23rd we marked our six month anniversary of leaving Dallas. It’s been a strange journey full of challenges and surprises and we honestly can’t believe we’ve made it this far. Anyways, we are back in Europe after a month in Morocco and so far have just been catching up on sleep, work, beer drinking and photo editing.
If Cody and I are being honest, Morocco wasn’t our favorite place. I’ll have a bigger post on Morocco overall later, but for now I just want to talk about my favorite city – the blue city of Chefchaouen, which I still have problems spelling.
Chefchouen is located in the Rif Mountains about 2 and a half hours away from Tangier and it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s a much smaller town than most tourist destinations in Morocco, which honestly makes it much more pleasant to visit. It’s quieter and much easier to get around and not nearly as many people try to hassle you while you’re wandering around.
We spent most of our time exploring the beautiful blue Medina, checking out the markets and main squares and restaurants.
If you’ve ever googled Morocco a picture of Chefchaouen was probably the first thing that popped up. When they say it’s blue, they aren’t kidding. The color of blue that’s painted on the buildings almost perfectly matches the deep blue of the sky late in the afternoon on a clear summer’s day. If the sun catches it right it’s almost blinding.
The pops of reds and oranges and yellows and greens that can be found at the markets and herbal pharmacies just add to the charm and beauty.
We also spent a good bit of time exploring the trails and roads outside the Medina. Several of these trails ran near the river and took you to these little huts where many people did their laundry.
Others took you to restaurants and cafes that are situated next to the river. We spent a good portion of one afternoon drinking Moroccan mint tea riverside.
I spent a lot of time in Morocco trying to make friends with stray cats. I definitely do not recommend this despite what you have heard from Conde Nast’s latest article about why Morocco is for cat lovers. Most are malnourished or sick. Even our hotel cats weren’t entirely healthy.
That doesn’t mean I didn’t try.
I think Chefchaouen was definitely one of the highlights of our time in Morocco. Like every google search will tell you, Chefchaouen is the place to be if you’re planning on going to Morocco. If you get a chance, give it a visit!