On this one day trip to Tetouan and Chaouen we will drive from Tangier by the beautiful inland road in the rural north Morocco. As this is a private tour, we can stop in the village of Ait Lahcen to enjoy the landscape and rural life while having tea.
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.
You will start the walking visit from Moulay El Mehdi Square, where there is a Catholic church, and through the stylish “Ensanche” with well-preserved colonial facades, to the royal palace. Everything in Tetouan is painted white and green, and the light, as in Tangier, is so bright that you will not forget it. 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. On a guided tour, the best way to visit it if you don't want to get lost and enrich your visit with a good explanation, you can enjoy the huge medina, declared a World Heritage Site. You will feel its authenticity while seeing all the artisans working on their handcrafts.
Tetouan has not yet been invaded by tourism and it is anexcellent opportunity to see the daily life of its inhabitants and get an idea of what part of Morocco is still nowadays.
After the visit, we will continue our excursion travelling to Chaouen, the blue pearl of Morocco. The magical blue village of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains is one and a half hours away. The mountains will substitute the Mediterranean landscapes during the journey.
Although it is a very tourist destination, Chaouen is a sacred town that only since 1920 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 singularity.
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. It will be your delight, every street, every door and every corner is a beautiful picture.
You can visit the Kasbah and go upstairs in its tower from where to observe the beautiful view of the village and the mountains of the Talassemtane National Park. After, you can approach to the river, where the women gather to wash clothes and lay it in the sun following their customs. 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.
After your visit, we will depart directly back to Tangier, and we will end our services.
What includes this one day trip to Chaouen and Tetouan:
- Personalized private excursion only for your group.
- Price includes private transport (with wifi and air conditioning) from Tangier to Tetouan and Chaouen, and return the same day.
- Professional local driver who speaks customer's language (English, Spanish, French, Italian, Swedish, among others).
- Points and schedule of collection and arrival to be agreed (maximum 16h departure from Chaouen).
What is not included in this one day trip to Chaouen and Tetouan:
- Meals, drinks, or entrance tickets to museums or other activities.
-Does not include fee for local guide (to consult).
- If you want to do this and other excursions from Tangier as a single trip, ask us for the Northern Star tour.
- This itinerary is subject to modifications depending on the start and arrival time, or weather or other force majeure imperatives