When I first saw a photo of the gorgeous white and blue city, I wanted to visit immediately, long before I knew anything else about Chefchaouen, Morocco…including its name.
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This country on the northwest corner of Africa is an extremely exotic destination for many travelers. This is Morocco. It’s a land of hot deserts, but also the high, cold Atlas Mountains. It’s an Islamic country, but with a huge influence from Southern Europe. The old markets and bazaars from Tangier, Marrakesh, and Casablanca draw in locals and visitors alike. There’s a mystique to this country, inspired by one of the most famous films of all time.
Visitors should check out the hiking and trekking in the Atlas Mountains. Shopping in a traditional market and buying from the ethnic Berbers with their unique hats is an unusual experience. And then there’s Moroccan cuisine. The food in the country is exceptional! Meats cooked with turmeric in clay pots are the specialty here, don’t overlook seafood given the proximity to both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. For travelers looking for a quick visit, day trips from Southern Spain or Gibraltar are also possible.
A day trip from Tarifa, Spain, to Tangier, Morocco, was our first opportunity to step foot on the African continent. The hustle and bustle of this coastal city did not disappoint.