Begin your day with hotel pick-up in Fez and relax on the 4-hour drive through the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen.
Founded in 1471, the city was formed as a kasbah, or fortress, to protect against Portuguese invasion. It later became a refuge for Jews and Muslims fleeing Spain during the Reconquista. The town was seized by Spain in 1920 and remained a Spanish territory until Morocco’s independence in 1956.
Traces of Spain are still evident in the architecture here, with tiled rooftops and hanging balconies, but the labyrinthine medina is distinctly Moroccan with its mosques, hammams, and minarets. As you walk through the medina, admire the many shades of blue covering doors, stairs, laneways, sometimes even pavement.
Continue on to Ras el-Maa, a waterfall in the mountains with a view of the city, before traveling back to Fez.