Road Trip to Ouazzane

Road Trip to Ouazzane

It’s a common refrain heard around the world: “It’s not easy being green.” In bright contrast to the Kermit dirge bemoaning the color green, the hillside town of Ouazzane, Morocco celebrates green. Greens of every tone are splashed across the medina walls and reflected in the fields and olive groves that surround the town. So, if you find yourself in this hillside medina on the edge of the Rif Mountains, the fact remains: It’s easy being green! Consider a road trip to Ouazzane! (more…)

Spanish Influence in Morocco

Martil, Morocco, Spanish Architecture, Martil Church, Martil Spanish Church, Spanish in Morocco, Spanish influence in Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is a diverse country with an easily recognizable and rich culture. However, when you look closely, Morocco is also a melting pot of foreign influences. The geographic position of Morocco and its history have resulted in a complex web of cultural contributions. Moroccans are extremely proud of this fact and thus view their country as open and welcoming. Apart from the recent and obvious French influence, Morocco has a strong connection to Spain. (more…)

24 Hours in Tetouan

Tetouan Tetwan Tetouin Tetuan Tetuán Morocco Maroc

The old Medina of Tetouan is a place where people live and work — you won’t find many souvenir shops here. But if you want to experience life in a Moroccan medina with few tourists where you can explore without being bombarded by “come have a look!” then Tetouan is well worth a visit, either as a long day trip or an overnight. With just 24 hours you can get a good sense of Tetouan’s flavor. (more…)

Top Places to Walk, Hike, and Trek in Morocco

Top Places to Walk, Hike, and Trek in Morocco

While many people know Morocco for its labyrinthian cities, bubbling tajines, or never-ending shopping options, there’s another resource that makes this country so appealing. For people who would rather get away from the cities, some of the best hiking opportunities in North Africa can be found in Morocco. If a grueling multi-day trek is your dream come true, or you’d prefer a leisure walk along country trails, or maybe something in between you can find the ideal trek. To uncover some of the best trekking in Morocco we’re sharing some of our best kept secrets.

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Tips for Traveling to the Rif Mountains

rif mountains moroccoWhile many people travel to Morocco on a tour for its imperial cities and vast sand dunes, visitors who appreciate scenic landscapes will also enjoy the country’s mountain ranges. The Rif Mountains, situated in the northernmost part of the country and parallel to the Mediterranean coast, offer picturesque panoramas and trails that can satisfy adventurers seeking a challenging trek as well as sightseers who prefer a casual stroll. Regardless of your preference, consider the following tips when planning your visit.

 

 

 

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A Day in Chefchaouen

A photo of local artwork in Chefchaouen Morocco

Chefchaouen, the largest town in Morocco’s Rif region, is an excellent place to get away from the hubbub of Morocco’s imperial cities and enjoy an unhurried day or two. Located in northern Morocco, the town is referred to simply as “Chaouen” by the locals and is known for its picturesque medina, access to the mountains and an abundance of kif. These factors have made Chefchaouen a popular stop on the backpacker itinerary, but all types of tourists come to the town to explore its architecture, learn about Berber culture and take pleasure in its natural setting.

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Exploring Oued Laou, Morocco

Fishing village MoroccoLocated in Northern Morocco along the Mediterranean Coast, Oued Laou is a charming fishing village, and you’ll have little to do but relax on the beach and watch the fisherman cast their nets. Oued Laou’s remoteness and long empty beaches draw backpackers and budget travelers looking for some peace and a break from the more populated areas of Morocco. The beach around Oued Laou stretches for many kilometers so visitors can always find a place all to themselves even during the busier summer months. (more…)

Trekking Near Chefchaouen

trekking rif mountains chefchaouenThough Morocco’s mountains offer plenty of places for trekking, if you only have time to visit one region when you visit the country, consider exploring the Rif Mountains, located beyond Chefchaouen.

You might be ready to strap on your hiking boots and hit the trail, but before you begin your trek into the Rif Mountains, spend a few days in Chefchaouen, which is known as Chaouen by the locals. Moulay Ali Ben Rachid founded the city in 1471. It was used as a defensive base for Riffian Berber tribes against the Portuguese in Ceuta. The town quickly expanded in 1494 when individuals seeking refuge from Granada settled in the city.  (more…)

Five Things to Do in Chefchaouen Morocco

Five Things to Do in Chefchaouen Morocco

Chefchaouen is located in the Rif Mountains of Morocco on the Mediterranean Coast. It is an eclectic city with beauty around every corner. When in Morocco, a visitor has an array of activities at the fingertips, from hiking and trekking to biking or relaxing in the sun. Much of the country is unpopulated, largely uncharted, and vibrantly green, especially in the valleys and the mountans of the north,and a trip to Chefchaouen can be as active or as relaxing as you choose.

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Morocco Trekking: Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen Trekking

Chefchaouen Trekking

Chefchaouen is one of the largest cities in Morocco, especially in the Rif Mountains. The Rif Mountains are located in the northwest of Morocco.  They run along the coastline and some even consider the Rif Mountains to continue in Spain.  There are a number of different Morocco tours you can take to view Chefchaouen.  Some of these tours make great day hikes while others require camping out for a few days at a time.   (more…)

Morocco Trekking: Onward To God’s Bridge

God's Bridge, Morocco

God's Bridge, Morocco

Are you interested in some of nature’s most spectacular creations?  Around the world there are hundreds of places to visit.  Many of the tourist attractions for the natural wonders are quite populated, like Niagara Falls or the Safaris of East Africa.  Such tourist locations are interesting to see, but you really can lose a lot of the fascination with the other hundred people swarming around.  If you want a holiday which is custom tailored to provide everything you want, consider trekking Morocco tours.  Morocco is a country filled with many natural wonders.  The High Atlas Mountains, Rif Mountains, and the Anti Atlas, to name a few, are spectacular.   (more…)

Morocco’s Bouhachem & Talassemtane National Parks

The start of the Bouhachem National Park, Morocco

The start of the Bouhachem National Park, Morocco

Trekking Morocco is a fantastic experience you will never forget.  Traveling for a family morocco holiday or with your partner gives you plenty of choices for what to do once you reach the African country.  North Morocco is a getaway to one of the most historical areas of Africa.  Tetouan still has sites where medieval craftsmen used to make swords, and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla are full of architectural masterpieces.  When traveling to Morocco for the flora and fauna you should not miss the Rif Mountains.  The Rif Mountains sit on the coast acting as a barrier for the inland towns in the area. (more…)

Morocco Rif Mountains Adventure

The Rif Mountains, pretty much, take in all of northern Morocco. They stretch from Cape Spartel in the west to Cape Tres Forcas in the east, from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to the Ouargha River in the south, and are part of the Gibraltar Arc chain. Beautiful with flower covered gorse filled ravines, and blooming pink oleander bordering fabulous sparkling streams, you will find vistas to take your breath away. It is an unspoiled, enchanted part of Morocco. (more…)

Morocco Chefchaouen Trekking

Chefchaouen is a rustic village that depicts authentic Moroccan living at its best, and is also the perfect starting point for some trekking through the Moroccan countryside. Historical attributes blanket the village at virtually every turn. Spend some time getting to know the locals over a relaxing soak in the Hammam. Stroll though the picturesque botanical gardens that are housed on the grounds of the famed Kasbah. Take in some culture at the museum and art gallery also located on the property grounds. Though Chefchaouen is painted over with a hue of blue, you’ll find nothing to keep you blue here. (more…)

More Than Just a Buzz: A Guide to Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen is a beautiful town that should be a mandatory visit for the first time Morocco traveler.It is also one of those locations that might have appeared in one of an increasingly unlikely Cheech and Chong movie from the late seventies. The reason for this is that Chefchaouen is Morocco’s leading producer of cannabis. Much of the farmable soil won’t grow much else, but cannabis grows in abundance and has made itself such an intrinsic part of the city’s life that no one gives it much of a second glance. You might very well see cannabis being sold in an open stand right in between the vegetables and the herbs.

The hashish factor alone makes Chefchaouen a great attraction for a large numbers of tourists. But travelers not interested in this aspect of Chefchaouen would still do themselves a major disservice by skipping this city. While cannabis is a part of every day city life here, that is not an accurate description of what the city’s about. (more…)

Hiking the Rif Mountains

The Rif are known for their steep cliffs. The highest of the Rif Mountains is Jebel Tidiquin which stands at 2448 meters. Only small villages are found within the mountains, while small cities of Tetouan and Chefchaouen in the west and Al-Hoceima to the north can be found along the Mediterranean.

The Berbers were already residing there when the Phoenicians arrived on the scene in the 3rd Century BCE. The Phoenicians founded Cities of Tetouan, Melilla and Tangier. Later, the Romans and the Byzantines invaded these cities.

Early in the 700s AD, Salih ibn Mansur, who brought Islam to the Berbers, established the Kingdom of Nekor. In the 1400s, Spanish Moors came from Spain bringing with them their music and culture. The Spanish founded Chefchaouen.

The Rifs became the scene of many battles for control between Spain, Portugal and Morocco. The Spanish invaded Melilla in the late 1400s. After that, a period of peace followed, to be broken by war between Morocco and Spain in the mid 1800s. Even though the Spanish won, the Moroccans kept fighting. Berbers fought against Spanish rule and finally in the 20th Century, guerilla leader, Abd el-Krim El–Khattabi, fought to free Morocco from French and Spanish rule. He established the Republic of Rif in 1921. Morocco took control of the area when it gained independence in 1956.

Brought to you by: Morocco Travel with Journey Beyond Travel
Written by: Carole Morris, JBT Correspondent