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Introduction

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

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Chefchaouen, also known as Chaouen, and nicknamed the Blue City, is a relaxed town in the Atlas mountains in northern Morocco. The city is known for its blue houses, mountainside views, and readily available smoking products. Visitors can easily get lost in the narrow alleyways of the town while climbing up to the top for a great view of the surrounding mountains. This became home for many muslims that fled Spain during and after the reconquesta, including many refugees from Granada.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Medina
  • The Spanish Mosque
  • The Souq

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest international airport is in Tanger.

By Train

No trains connect to Chefchaouen.

By Bus

Buses go to and from Chefchaouen from all nearby cities and towns, notably Fez, Tetouan, and Tanger.

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Getting Around

Everything in town is within walking distance, perhaps with the exception of the bus station which is a little outside of the main part of town. Taxis are readily available.

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Sleep

Chefchaouen is a backpacker's haven, and cheap accomodation is readily available.

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Casa PerletaBab Souk MedinaGuesthouse-
Pension SouikaHay Souika Drb Kadi alami ChefchaouenHostel82
Rif-For-AnyoneHnain - ChefchaouenGuesthouse86
Dar El MoualimHay Al-Andalus; Rue Hassan I; Derb Sidi BouchukaAPARTMENT87
John's Guesthouse17 autiui Onsar districtGuesthouse-
Dar MounirZanket Kadi Almi Hay Souika ChefchaouenHotel88
Chams HotelRue Lalla lhora Quartier KharazineGuesthouse83
Hotel TarekAvenue sidi Abdel HamidHotel-
Dar ZmanAv Hassan 2 Bab El Hammar, Rue Ben YellounGuesthouse91
Riad Baraka12 derb Ben Yakoub Chefchaouen 91000GUESTHOUSE91
DarechchaouenRas el Ma road el onsar streetGuesthouse-
Casa AnnasrAv.Maghreb Arabi. Hay Chorafa Gare Routiere, ChaouenGUESTHOUSE-
pension mauritaniaC Kadi Alami SouikkaGuesthouse80
Aline HostelAv Sidi Ahmed el Uafi, 2 ChaouenHostel85
Hotel MolinoCalle Graouachid ChaouenHOTEL-
Dar LbakalDerb Mfarej Quartier OnssarGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel LoubarRoute RASS EL MAAHotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are plenty of Cybercafes in cities and small towns and accessing the Internet won't be a problem. The price is around 4 to 10DH/ hour. If you have a laptop while traveling then you can buy a USB key for wireless connection from one of the 3 main telecommunication companies (Maroc Telecom, Meditel, and Inwi). Credits are available starting from 10DH/24 hours (starting from the time you use it, if you start at 2:00am then next day at 2:00am you will have to recharge it again). Wifi is getting more and more common in places like hotels, shopping malls and in restaurants and coffee places in larger cities. The wireless connection in some areas might be slow, that depends on the signal as not the whole of Morocco has 3G coverage.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Morocco's country code is +212, International Call Prefix is 00. The telephone numbering scheme is changed starting March 2009. All fixed telephone numbers have a 5 inserted after the 0, and all mobile telephone numbers have a 6 inserted after the 0. All numbers are now ten-digit long, counting the initial 0. Useful numbers are Police: 19; Fire Service: 15; Highway Emergency Service: 177; Information: 160.

Public telephones can be found in city centres, but private telephone offices (also known as teleboutiques or telekiosques) are also commonly used.
The GSM mobile telephone network in Morocco can be accessed via one of two major operators: Meditel or Maroc Telecom. Prepaid cards are available. It is very easy and cheap to buy a local GSM prepaid card in one of the numberous phone shops showing a Maroc Telecom sign.

Post

Post Maroc is the national postal service of Morocco and has details on their website (French) regarding the sending of letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically and internationally. The postal service in Morocco is very efficient and the post offices are generally open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 12 noon and 2:30pm to 6:30pm. On Saturdays it is open from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Some might keep longer hours though, especially in larger tourist cities and central areas. You can post your mail at one of the post offices or otherwise in the yellow post boxes you'll find throughout the country. For packages, you can also use international courier companies like TNT, DHL or UPS. They offer quick, reliable services and competitive rates.

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