Day Trip From Fez to Chefchaouen

Today’s day trip will take us up north, deep into the Rif Mountains. It is the meeting point of Earth and the heavens. We will explore the enchanting sky-blue city of Chefchaouen. Our professional driver will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Fez at an already appointed time. Our 2.5-3 hour road trip will plunge us into the Rif Mountains towards Chefchaouen. Upon our arrival, we will enjoy a fascinating panoramic view over the city. Upon our arrival, we will enjoy a fascinating panoramic view over the city. Nestled in a green mountain valley at 600m above sea level, a local chieftain built it as a hidden outpost. Its name remained a mystery for foreign intruders as it literally means in Tamazight language (Berber) “look at the horns”. Its strategic position on the foot of two horn-like mountains, Megou and Tisouka, helped push back the increasing incursions of European powers into Morocco in the 15th and 16th centuries. After the Reconquista and fall of Islamic rule in Spain, Muslim Andalusian refugees flocked to Chefchaouen to begin new lives on the African continent. Until the middle of the 20th century as Spanish rule of northern Morocco began, Chefchaouen had held a strong reputation for being impossible for non-Muslims to enter. The clean and fresh air of Chefchaouen marks the simple walking in its blue narrow streets a healthy benefit. Its fountains are pouring some of the best quality mineral water in all of North Africa. As it is much calmer and cosier than Fez, it is an escape from the overwhelmingly busy street of Fez’ old Medina. Its most striking feature is its old city’s picturesque sky blue painted walls and streets ornamenting the two horn-like Mountains with beautiful tidy houses. Among the major sights in Chefchaouen are the Kasbah (fortress), and the Ras El Ma River Valley. For flexibility purposes, we can chose to explore the village either with or without a local guide. At the end of our drive, we will drive back to Fez and drop you off at your accommodation.

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