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Chefchaouen or Chaouen (Berber: ⴰⵛⵛⴰⵡⵏ, Ashawen, Arabic: شفشاون/الشاون‎‎, Shafshāwan (pronounced IPA: ʃəfˈʃɑˑwən), Spanish: Xauen, lit. "horns" in berber) is a city in northwest Morocco. It is the chief town of the province of the same name, and is noted for its buildings in shades of blue. Chefchaouen is situated in the Rif Mountains, just inland from Tangier and Tetouan. The city was founded in 1471, as a small fortress which still exists to this day, by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami (a descendant of Ibn Machich and Idris I, and through them, of the Islamic prophet Muhammad) to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco. Along with the Ghomara tribes of the region, many Moriscos and Jews settled here after the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times. In 1920, the Spanish seized Chefchaouen to form part of Spanish Morocco. Spanish troops imprisoned Abd el-Krim in the kasbah from 1916 to 1917, after he talked with the German consul Dr. Walter Zechlin (1879–1962). (After defeating him with the help of the French, Abd el-Krim was deported to Réunion in 1926.) Spain returned the city after the independence of Morocco in 1956.


Planning a vacation to Chefchaouen in Morocco? This vacation planner will provide you with all the essential information you need. This city is located in the close proximity of a major city Fes, Morocco. Fes, is a worth visiting city owing to its prime attractions like Riad Verus, Riad Jamai, Riad Tizwa. To explore Chefchaouen, set aside 1 to 2 number of your days. You'll be coming back for more!

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Facts and Stats for Chefchaouen*

  • Chefchaouen: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Chefchaouen for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Chefchaouen.

    • Burglary and Theft 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 100 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 12.5 (Very Low)
  • Living in Chefchaouen - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 89.84 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 98.22 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Chefchaouen

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Chefchaouen

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.71 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 61.03 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 24.41 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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