Hotel Kortubia was easy to find...the beauty of staying in a small place. We were able to park just outside the Medina entrance by a hotel.This is a small Medina compared to Fez or Marrakech. Our host Omar an ex science teacher, had returned to Chefchouen where his wife was born, to run a B&B as a way to meet people from around the world since he couldn,t afford to travel the world himself. His delightful daughter studying engineering spoke excellent English and will be studying in France for a few months in the new semester. Omar was extremely helpful with restaurant suggestions, things to see etc
Hotel Kortubia - Recommended
Like the rest of the Rif Mountain area cannabis is prolific here, yet we didn't really detect any overt signs of it....maybe being older has it's advantages!
Place Uta El Hammam
Tropical fruit salad with corn off the cob mixed in yoghurt. A rather unusual mixture but really nice and refreshing for a change.
A little further down we could see the minaret for the Grand Mosque with it's distinctive octagonal minaret. We won't be able to visit as we are not Muslim.
Replete, we went into the Kasbah which was originally a fortress. Downstairs is a Museum and you can climb the stairs to the roof for wonderful views over the town . This is the only building in the original honey gold colour. The blue wash was started over 100 years ago. Before that Jews who had moved here after being expelled from Granada in Spain in 1492, first painted the buildings white.
Chefchouen is officially known as the "white town" but because the blue is so predominant, tourists tend to call it the "blue town".
The Musee Ethnographic is in the same grounds in what was originally the residence. and shows the original traditional features of a Moroccan house, along with :
- musical instruments and more.
Come and Wander Around Chefchouen Medina With Us
It was intriguing seeing the daily life of the locals. Tourism is one of their major industries now and in Place Ita El Hammam there were large tour groups, but we didn't see so many tourists wandering the Old Medina Alleys.
Locals rushed by in traditional garb shopping, going to the Mosque - there are eight Mosques in Chefchouen, or pumping water from the well. Maybe some don't have running water? Teens nattered with friends, children played with nothing in particular and cats wandered lazily.
The shops had many interesting products. Bags of colourful dye powders lined a shopfront, while nearby tea was piled high next to trays of terracotta door knobs and what appeared to be crystals or rocks. Everything from rugs, bags, fruit and vegetables to high fashion clothing was crammed into small shops.
Chefchouen is a photographers paradise !
Kasa Hassan Restaurant - Recommended!
We had a wander around the small souk which was more of what we had seen earlier in the day except more to buy if you are so inclined, and then decided it was time to retire.
Chefchouen is a truly delightful place to visit. I wish we had allowed more time. The people were friendly and if you said “No” they accepted it. Being small you really could enjoy it all with out feeling overcrowded. Maybe that will change.We were there in early mid June.