Today we had a highly anticipated ‘tourist trip’ to Chefchaouen as a small break from our busy schedule so far!
We woke up at 5:15 am and left Skhirat by 6:30 am. There were about 40 of us in the bus, including a few of our Moroccan friends who come regularly to our public programs!
The drive itself was very pleasant, and we got to see a lot of the Moroccan countryside and some amazing scenery. Morocco has a very diverse landscape, and we passed the Moroccan coastline, their rolling grass plains and their high mountains all in one bus trip!
Chefchaouen, or ‘The Blue City’ is a beautiful town nestled in the mountains about a 5 hour bus ride from Skhirat.
Our first glimpses of Chefchaouen!
We arrived at around 12 pm, and immediately headed towards the Medina, or the main city centre. It was full of blue and extremely picturesque alleyways, and of course, full of little shops peddling all sorts of handmade goods.
We split for lunch, and all headed to different Moroccan restaurants to eat. We mostly headed to restaurants with rooftop seating since the view was so stunning.
The breathtaking view of the blue city!
We even sighted each other from across the rooftops! We briefly contemplated running across the rooftops in Aladdin style, but eventually decided against it.
Basking in the sunlight. Chefchaouen is actually considerably warmer than Rabat, so we were all happy to work our tans for a while.
Some of us wandered into the Kasabah, or the indoor gardens; others (read: most) went shopping in the Medina’s winding alleys and brought back all sorts of goods ranging from silk scarves to leather bags to handmade pottery.
Some of us were actually completely unimpressed with the blue city, and decided to go for a small hike in the nearby mountains instead, where there were waterfalls and more panoramic views.
At around 6:00 pm we started gathering in the central square outside the Medina, where we showed each other our hauls and photos and shared stories. Eventually we all made it to the bus, and left at around 6:30 pm.