Chefchaouen – The Blue City

Chefchaouen – The Blue City

Most important thing to take care of today was to get our Covid test, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to return home.

A dizzying and confusing array of breads and pastries. Not sure if I was having breakfast or afternoon tea.

We got to Meknés an hour later and found a crowd outside the testing site. We then realized that we needed to made a photocopy of our passports and plane tickets, as well as our appointment confirmation. So it was a mad dash to the closest copier to get all the documents ready. We realized that processes are not high tech in Morocco, hence the need for physical documents.

Got all our paperwork together, and waited for our Covid test

Afterwards, it was a 3-hour drive to Chefchaouen.

Panoramic view of Chefchaouen, with the old Medina on the right.

The town was originally settled by Jews, who painted the buildings blue to match the color of the sky (Mohamed said that there is no longer a Jewish presence in the town). It is the blue town that has drawn tourists into town in recent years, with a huge number coming from China. After going through the little Medina, I would say don’t plan a special trip just to come see the town. Swing by if you are in transit between Tangier and Fez. The Greek islands are much more picturesque, and you’ll find yourself feeling underwhelmed in this run down little town.

This (Derb El Assri on your Google map) is what put Chefchaouen on the map, but that’s it.

One saving grace is that the people are very friendly and not aggressive like the ones in Marrakech and Fez.

Couldn’t resist taking a few shots of doors
Checked into our hotel after our tour, and relieved to receive our negative Covid test results.

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