Chefchaouen or Chaouen in Arabic is a Moroccan destination less known to the international public who focuses its attention on locations such as Marrakech, Casablanca or Tangier. It is located in the northwestern part of Morocco being the residence of the region with the same name. The city attracts tourists like a magnet through its houses painted in unreal blue shades. It is located in the desert nearby Rif Mountains just inside the land bordered by Tangier and Tetouan.
Short History of Chefchaouen
The city dates back to 1471 when it was built by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami (a descendant of Ibn Machich and Idris I who, in turn, mated Prophet Muhammad). The city was built as a fortress in the defense logic of that time because the locals were confronted with the Portuguese invasion. Together with Ghomara tribes in the vicinity, the population known as Moriscos and the Jews settled here after the Spanish conquest of medieval times. In 1920, the Spaniards officially passed it to the Spanish Moroccan side.
Tourism in Chefchaouen (Chaouen)
Chefchaouen or Chaouen, as it is often called by Moroccan population, is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. The name comes from the shape of the mountain peaks that “watch” over the city, which looks like the two chaos of a goat. “Chef Chaouen” derives from the berber synonym for horns, Ichawen. There are about two hundred hotels hosting and offering super-services to numerous tourists who take the city in the summer season. Besides the other historical attractions, Chefchaouen attracts the houses of the color of an unreal blue.
An impressive picture gallery from the streets of Chefchaouen