In this excursion to Chaouen and Fez we travel to Tetouan by the beautiful inland road where we will appreciate the rural Morocco that stretches between Tangier and our destination. You can make a stop in the village of Ait Lahcen to observe the landscape and rural life while having tea or taking a short walk. Depending on the time, we can stop there to eat one of the wonderful tajines or grilled meat cooked in the typical stalls of this road town. By default we will choose this last route or the highway because it is faster.
Tetouan is the former capital of the Spanish protectorate. Also known by the nickname "The white dove", the city covers the hillsides where it is settled with whitewashed houses. On a guided tour you can enjoy its huge medina, declared a World Heritage Site. It is a real wonder and very little known. You will perceive that it still remains authentic and you can enjoy observing all kinds of artisans working in it.
It is very nice to start the visit from the Moulay El Mehdi Square, where the bell of a Catholic church still tells time. Then, stroll through the stylish “Ensanche” enjoying the well-preserved colonial facades to the royal palace. Everything in Tetouan is painted white and green. And it is also full of signs of its old Spanish character. The palace is located in the beautiful Hassan II square, garnished with modernist columns of a disciple of Gaudí who resided in Melilla.
Tetouan has not yet been invaded by tourism and it is worth observing the daily life of its inhabitants to get an idea of what Morocco is nowadays. The light of Tetouan, as in Tangier, is so bright that you will not forget.
After this, we continue our excursion to Chaouen and Fes, and we will travel to the so called blue pearl of Morocco. The magical blue village of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains is 115 km by road to the southeast of Tangier, two and a half hours away. The journey by private transport will also show rural northern Morocco and Mediterranean landscapes that become increasingly mountainous during the journey.
Although it is a very tourist destination, it is a sacred town that only since 1920, with the arrival of the Spanish, began to allow foreigners to enter. And this is perceived from the first moment. It is an essential visit for the beauty of the place and its peculiarity.
In Chaouen you will enjoy the walk through its cozy streets painted indigo blue. There are different theories about why they are blue. For many they are ranked among the 10 most beautiful streets in the world. Instagramers: it will be your delight, every street, every door and every corner is a beautiful photograph.
You can visit the Kasbah and go upstairs its tower from where to observe the magical view of the village and the mountains of the Talassemtane National Park. The medina is full of craft shops, so you can also enjoy of doing some shopping. The Andalusian-style Uta Al-Hammam square with restaurants on the roof of its buildings is ideal for lunch or take a tea in a pleasant place enjoying the breeze.
If you stay here one or two days more, we can make excursions to Talassemtane park, to Akchour waterfalls, or reach the sea in Oued Laou. You will enjoy breathtaking landscape when going there.