Tangier, Morocco

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clock-o1 day (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Discover the blue-painted town of Chefchaouen in Morocco’s Rif Mountains on a private 7-hour trip from Tangier. Take a walking tour of the 'medina' (old quarter), filled with houses painted blue and white, a tradition derived from Spanish settlers in medieval times. Absorb the Moorish and Spanish atmosphere, see the 18th-century 'kasbah' (fortress), mosque, and main square, and enjoy free time to eat, stroll, and shop at the souks.
  • Private day trip to Chefchaouen from Tangier
  • Visit the blue-hued town of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains
  • Walking tour of the cobbled medina to see the blue-and-white houses
  • View the kasbah, central mosque, and main Utta El Hamam square
  • Scour the souks for souvenirs like woven fabrics and rugs, Berber jewelry, and leatherware
  • Personalized attention from a private guide
  • Private air-conditioned transport, plus Tangier hotel pickup and drop-off included
Depart your Tangier hotel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with your guide, and travel southeast to Chefchaouen, in the rugged Rif Mountains.

Established in 1471 when Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami constructed a kasbah here, Chefchaouen is famed for its blue-painted walled medina, giving it the nickname of the ‘Blue Pearl.’ The blue palette derives from the 15th century, when the town attracted exiles from Spain. Arriving Jewish refugees fleeing the Spanish Inquisition painted their houses blue to reflect their divinity — a tradition that continued through the centuries.

On arrival, enjoy a walking tour through Chefchaouen’s cobbled medina, absorbing the Moorish and Spanish atmosphere. Admire the striking blue-and-white houses and visit the 18th-century kasbah (own expense), with its tower, garden, and museum.

See the central mosque and mellah, the former Jewish quarter, and absorb the sights around the bustling Utta El Hamam main square.

Take a break for lunch (own expense) at any of the cafes and enjoy free time to explore the souks for unique Rif souvenirs. Peruse the shops for everything from colorful woven blankets, clothes, and rugs to chunky Berber jewelry, leatherware, and more.

Lastly, return to Tangier, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

Reviews

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S
, Oct 2018

Overall we were happy with our tour, with our driver being on time at our hotel pickup and drop off. He was very talkative. The tour started with a local once we got to Chaouen, with a local giving us a walk around the city. There's a few things to be mindful of - the guided tour was only around 1-1.5 hrs around Chaouen, with our guide leaving us at lunch time for free time (which was all good) as he went off to get lunch for a friend. The guide will also take you to two of his friend's stores and they will ask you if you want to buy their carpets, so make sure you say no thank you. The tour guide will also ask you for a tip at the end of the tour, which we were slightly annoyed about given we'd already paid for the trip. But overall it was worth having the tour from Tangier!

r
, Nov 2017

Overall, we had a great day and were glad we did this tour. Having never been to Morocco, it was a fascinating experience. Our driver Jamal was very nice and an excellent driver. It's about a 2 hour drive from Tangier to Chefchaouen with some interesting scenery along the way. Our guide there was Mostafa. He is a Chefchaouen native and was very nice, knowledgable, funny and spoke English quite well. About the only thing we didn't like and the reason I didn't rate this tour 5 stars is the part of the tour where they took us to a carpet shop. Mostafa asked if we wanted to go to a Berber Market and it sounded interesting so we said yes. It wasn't what we expected. They sat us down and gave us tea and kept showing us different rugs and things, which were beautiful. They were fairly nice but it did get a little uncomfortable and was somewhat of a buzz kill to what had been up to that point, a wonderful tour. If you have no interest in rugs/carpets , I would recommend being more aggressive about saying no. We were trying to be polite, which probably subjected us to a longer sales presentation than if we just said no from the beginning.

What made up for it was the outstanding lunch we had at the place Mostafa recommended. Outstanding Moroccan cuisine and very affordable for the quality of the food and service. Overall, Chefchaouen is a beautiful place and well worth the visit.

N
, Nov 2017

My driver and tour guide were very professional and knowledgeable. Chefchaouen is a beautiful village to tour. Amazing photos, lots of walking and great shopping that is cheaper than the bigger cities. The people dont harass you to purchase items from their shops. Lots of authentic items and memories for a lifetime. I would visit Chefchaouen over and over because its so unique. Its like going back in time and feeling like you were there in the early days.

S
, Sep 2017

If your visiting Tangier, Chefchaouen is simply not to be missed. You can check out the photos online to give you an idea, but if you really want to see the city in person, a walking tour is the way to go. This tour worked out great: a short 1 - 2 hour drive to Chefchaouen, a few hours with a guide to point out all the most scenic streets, doorways, and other locations to really soak up the beauty including a nice overlook of the city and take great pictures, then back to Tangier - with stops each way for coffee and a nice meal at your own expense. The driver was very friendly and gregarious and had excellent English, and the guide was great at pointing out all the best sights. Highly recommended!

A
, Aug 2017

it's not worth the money at all, I have a guide who had other motives for example he was giving me shortened time- frames for chaouen telling me I have to finish by 2 pm, and then wants me to pay extra to take me to Asila. I wish I felt a little freedom more to explore Chaouen... he was also trying to sell me some weed, I mean why would I want that esp in a muslim country where everything is almost illegal, ugh!!!

a
, Aug 2016

best trip of my life
good driver

only bad guide men its an old man lool


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