Departing whenever the 7-seater is full, this 2 hour drive will only run you about 80 dirhams. This is how the locals travel! I was lucky to meet a nice Moroccan couple who was visiting Chefchaouen for a weekend vacation. They took me to incredible hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and even found a spot where we could drink beer (which is not commonly available in Muslim countries)!
You’ll find something beautiful around every corner. It’s a photographer’s dream. You’re bound to get a solid Instagram pic, I promise. It felt like there was no end to the narrow streets and blue stairways to follow. It’s also a nice place to do a little shopping! Leather goods are of high quality and very cheap by comparison to other countries.
Reward yourself after a long hike with a delicious, salty bowl of snail soup. You can find a few street stalls around the Medina. I was hesitant to try it, but my Moroccan friends insisted, and they were totally right! It's surprisingly delicious and something fun to say you've tried. I ended up going back for more!
Follow the forest-shaded trail to an epic waterfall - but wear comfortable/durable shoes! It gets pretty rocky and muddy. This is, I believe, a bit of a local's secret. Everyone else we encountered on the trail spoke Arabic, and some women were even hiking in their Jilbabs (long dresses)!
One of Morocco's signature dishes, served in a special clay pot. It's a must-try during your visit.
It echoes throughout the city, bouncing from wall to wall and out into the mountains. Best experienced on a terrace beneath the stars, and a cup of Moroccan mint tea.
A riad is defined by it's inner courtyard. Generally, a multi-story building with rooms surrounding the central courtyard will feature a pool, fountain, or at the very least, some greenery. It works as a natural cooling system for the building, even with the open roof. While rain usually puts a damper on a vacation, there's something magical about listening to the rain fall in a Riad.