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…)

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 Mount Bouhachem and Mount Soukna

rif mountains mount bouhachem mount soukna moroccoFor outdoor enthusiasts who want to experience trekking in Morocco without the crowds—or for those who have been to Morocco before but are looking for new places to explore—look no further than northern Morocco.

Talassemtane National Park, a vast area with 150,000 acres of forested land, is located near the Rif Mountains, a region north of the Middle Atlas Mountains. While many people opt for tours in the High Atlas Mountains, those who set their sights on Mount Bouhachem and Mount Soukna will have the opportunity to experience Morocco’s great outdoors without rubbing elbows with countless other tour groups. (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…)

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 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…)

Hiking & Trekking: Abound & Abundant Morocco (Part I)

The Rif Mountains (Part I):

Near the once prized Spanish enclave of Chefchaouen lies some of Morocco’s best and most hush-hush hiking and trekking in Morocco. Undulating trails pass through gorges, valleys, cedar and fir forests, over hills, mountains and peaks (reminiscent of a children’s rhyme, don’t you think?). Since this surrounding area receives fewer hikers than Mt. Toubkal in the High Atlas or Ait Bougmez, you’ll want to bring your own sleeping bag, mat and tent. If you plan on hiring a guide, bring as many supplies as you like, as mules (when available) will bear the backbreaking burden. (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…)