Heathrow and Gatwick: The beautiful Moroccan city where everything is painted blue and is definitely worth the long trip

Summer holidays are fast approaching and many British travelers are said to have already booked their flights abroad to find the much-needed sun, sea and sand. With the pandemic seemingly behind us, many Britons will be heading to their favorite destinations along the Mediterranean.

While typical destinations like Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Malta continue to draw British tourists in their direction, there is one city across the Mediterranean in North Africa , which is often overlooked.

Chefchaouen in Morocco certainly deserves a lot more attention than it currently receives. Despite being on another continent, Morocco is only a three to five hour drive from London, and its northern coast can actually be seen from southern Spain with the naked eye.

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Chefchaouen is not the easiest place to get to, although one can travel from London to Morocco in just over three hours

But only real adventurers tend to head to Chefchaouen, as it’s not a big city like Rabat, Fez, Marrakech, Casablanca, or Tangier. Chefchaouen is a place of just under 50,000 people in the Rif Mountains in northwest Morocco.

Although you may never have heard of Chefchaouen before, you may have seen it pop up while scrolling through your Instagram feed as it is very popular with travel bloggers and photographers. To this end, Refinery29 Magazine named Chefchaouen one of the most “instagrammable” places one can visit.

What makes Chefchaouen unique is that everything in the city is painted blue, and by everything we mean literally everything from the houses and buildings to the streets themselves. In fact, its name literally means “Blue City”.

Leather and weaving workshops line the steep cobbled lanes of Chefchaouen, where high-quality handicrafts can be purchased for next to nothing. Morocco as a whole is quite affordable compared to other holiday destinations in Europe.

Young woman sitting in front of door in Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen has hundreds of thousands of hashtags on Instagram

It’s also a great place to find goods such as hand-woven rugs, pottery and colorful henna dyes, as well as knitted garments made from local sheep’s wool.

Temperatures in Chefchaouen can reach 32°C in July and August, so it is very important to stay hydrated. There are plenty of cafes where you can grab a cold drink, and you can’t leave the city without drinking freshly squeezed orange juice in one of its traditional houses, but you’re unlikely to go there. find alcoholic beverages.

The drive to Chefchaouen from Tetouan, the nearest major city with an airport, takes just 90 minutes, although traveling from London to Tetouan by air can be difficult as there are no direct flights .

Alternatively, one can travel from London to Casablanca in just over three hours, but the journey to Chefchaouen from there can take around four to five hours.

Either way, Chefchaouen is definitely worth a visit, and it’s a great place if you’re looking to up your Instagram game while enjoying a nice break in a unique location at the same time.

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