[[Image:Chefchaouen overview.jpg|thumb|350px|An overview of Chefchaouen]]
'''Chefchaouen''' (شفشاون, also ''Chaouen'', ''Chawen'' or ''Xaouen'') is a gorgeous mountain city in northeastern [[Morocco]]. It's no wonder that tourists flock here — this humble town is the embodiment of almost every Moroccan cliché. The picturesque medina, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains, is filled with white-washed homes with distinctive, powder-blue accents, and the call to prayer rings out of several mosques around the town in chorus. If you've got a few days to relax from the rigors of travel, this is a good place to do it.
* By '''bus''' - There are frequent buses from [[Fez]] and [[Tetouan]] and also from [[Casablanca]], [[Rabat]], [[Meknes]], [[Tangier]] and [[Ceuta]]
. Local buses plying the route from Fez to Tetouan/ Tangier stop at Derdara (8 km away), where you can get into one of the frequent grand taxis for 5 Dh. This avoids the long uphill walk from the bus station.
The '''main bus station''' is a fifteen minute walk from the ''medina'' (which is uphill), trough Av. Mohamed V. There are usually a couple of ''petit taxis'' waiting for a customer at the entry. Don't pay more than Dh 10 to get to the ''medina''. If it is hot, or, as is very likely, you have just endured a long coach drive to the town, you should seriously consider climbing into one of these taxis. Likewise, coming to Chefchaouen in the middle of the cold season can only make the ascending walkways as punishing as in the summer. With a heavy backpack, the walk up to the hotels of the town can be fairly strenuous!
On arriving in Chefchaouen, you may be met by touts at the bus station. These will probably try to take you to some cheap and low-quality hostel in the medina - but it is advisable to find the place by yourself, because if you arrive with touts, you'll be charged extra so they can get their commission. Touts will then insist that you follow them to their house in the medina, and there try to sell you a stash of dope for 300-500 Dh. Refusing to buy is not contemplated, nor safe, if you end up in such a situation, so just say no from the beginning and don't sympathise nor accept help.
* The ruins of an old '''mosque''' (''Jemaa Bouzafar''), on a hill behind the waterfall, overlook the ''medina'' and its crumbling tower offers great views of the town.
The Kasbah" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="20 MAD" lat="" long="">Looks quite interesting from the outside, but there isn't much to see inside. The place is well preserved. There's the tower and the prison amongst others that's worth a visit, and the courtyard is green and almost alien amdist the mountain setting. Should only be an option if you're either bored or want to get away from the bustle outside.</see>
* The '''hill of the Hotel Atlas''' is a good viewpoint on the town and the valley, especially on sunsets. It can be reached from the south gate of the medina (''Bab el-Ain'') by climbing the road coasting the medina on the west side until the east gate (''Bab Souk''), and then uphill, crossing the old cemetery on a rocky path.
* A strenuous hike up '''Jebel al-Kalaa''' (the peak immediately overlooking the town) is fun, but can take up to 9 hours round trip and goes by (and if you're lucky/unlucky, through) big marijuana plantations. The route is not well marked (with white and yellow), and you might have to trail blaze for parts of it if you lose the trail. Start by following the road up the southeastern valley, from where you'll get a good view of town, and look for the markings up the mountain. Bring plenty of water, and some snacks.
* <eat name="Granada" alt="" address="" directions="2 blocks up from the main square" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Mains ~ 25 Dh">Great fish tajine, great couscous. </eat>
* <eat name="Chez
Chouen" alt="" address="" directions="opposite Granada" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Also do a great fish tajine, and a shrimp tajine that's more Spanish than Moroccan, but great nonetheless.</eat>
* For a sandwich break, head for the local sandwich dealer on the left of Bab el-Ain gate. Chicken, beef or shrimps sandwiches, with olives, salad and sauces, for 25Dh
Alcohol is not readily available but can be found. Mint tea is prevalent (
5 Dh the cup).
As for the whole of Morocco, avoid tap water for safety concerns, and drink bottled water (6 Dh for a cold 1 lt bottle) or drinks (8 Dh for 1/2 lt coke). Never pay more than 10 Dh for a bottle, even in restaurants.
*'''Hotel Ourzazate''' ''(room Dh 60 per person)'' in the medina is a decent choice with a good location.
*<sleep name="Hotel Andaluz" alt="" address="1 Rue Sidi Salem" directions="in the medina" phone="+212 39-986034" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A popular little budget hotel with a nice rooftop terrace and cool (occasionally damp if on the ground floor) rooms. It's not far from the main road in the medina, most locals can point the way.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hostal Gernika" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="150 DH/200 DH (Without bathroom/ With bathroom)" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Inside the medina, very clean, luminous rooms. Has shared showers, with lots of hot water. Some rooms ensuite. Spanish and French spoken.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hotel Madrid" alt="" address="" directions="right behind the Kasbah, just before Hotel Parador if you're coming from the bus station" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="200-400 MAD/night for a single depending on the season" lat="" long="">Great service staff, always willing to help. They have maps and can give information on the town. The rooms aren't special, and have the "cheap hotel" feel. They have hot water - and one cannot stress enough the importance of hot water during the cold months! Ask the desk for your TV remote. The lobby is quaint, and enjoying breakfast while listening to the hotel canary sing (it's a real bird - not a euphemism for a lounge singer) or watching English channels on the lobby TV is a great way to start the day.</sleep>
Definitely avoid Hostel Bab el-Ain, at the entrance of the Medina. It is a dirty place, with cold shower, overvalued (50 Dh/person/night) and a primary destination for touts taking advantage of smoke tourists.
*<sleep name="Darlbakal" alt="Darlbakal Guesthouse" address="Derb Mfarej Qu. Onssar " directions="" phone="+212539989494 " url="www.darlbakal.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Gusethouse with a unique interior , a charming and artistic furniture and an amazing sceneray that you can enjoy while relaxing in the terrace</sleep>
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* [[Fez]] - four buses (CTM): 10:00, 13:15, 15:15, 18:00; Dh 75 for CTM, 4 hours.
* [[Berbered]] and [[Ketama]] - daily buses at 08:00; Dh 20, 3 hours.
'''''Grand taxis''''' to [[Tetouan]] and [[Tangier]] depart from a street just off Plaza Mohammed V.
Get to [[Ceuta]] by taking the bus through Tetouan to Fnideq and then taking a cab to the border. Ignore touts trying to sell you documents at the border, since they are free at the passport window. No CTM buses go to Ceuta, so you'll have to rely on regional ones. Don't pay more than 5Dh for a piece of luggage, and don't hand anybody big bills: they'll just walk away with them.