Chefchaouen in detail


Chefchaouen is split into an eastern half (the medina), and a western half (the ciudad nueva, or new city). The heart of the medina is Plaza Uta El Hammam, with its unmistakable kasbah. The medina walls have recently been repaired, with Spanish funding. The principal route of the new city is Ave Hassan II, which stretches from Plaza Mohammed V, a leafy square designed by artist Joan Miró, past the western gate of Bab El Ain, around the southern medina wall and into the medina itself. Here it dead-ends at Place El Majzen, the main drop-off point. The bus station is a steep 1.5km hike southwest of the town centre. The falls of Ras El Maa lie just beyond the medina walls to the northeast.