Bouhachem Regional Nature Reserve


One of two parks in the Rif Mountains, Bouhachem is exceptionally beautiful and covers an enormous territory. The forest has various species of oak and maritime pine, and is home to an important number of birds, mammals (including the rare Barbary macaque) and reptiles. Less visited than neighbouring Talassemtane, hikers can trek to local villages and explore the mountains and forests. Several gîtes are available for overnight stays.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Chefchaouen attractions

1. Horno Bab El Ain


A traditional bakery; locals still bring their bread dough and bastilla (savoury-sweet pies) to bake here.

2. Plaza Uta El Hammam

3.43 MILES

The bustling heart of the medina is the shady, cobbled Plaza Uta El Hammam, which is lined with cafes and restaurants, all serving similar, rather…

3. Grande Mosquée

3.44 MILES

Towering over Plaza Uta El Hammam, the Grand Mosquée and its unusual octagonal minaret were built in the 15th century by the son of the town’s founder,…

4. Kasbah

3.48 MILES

If you're getting tired of blue, Chefchaouen's 15th-century clay-brown kasbah contains a lovely Andalusian-style garden, a former prison, the small Center…

5. Oued Ras El Maa

3.79 MILES

The waterfall of Ras El Maa is just beyond the far northeastern gate of the Chefchaouen medina. It’s here, where the water comes gushing out of the…

6. Spanish Mosque

4.13 MILES

The mosque was built by the Spanish in the 1920s, but never used. It fell into disrepair and remains closed, but the grounds out front make for a perfect…

7. God's Bridge

9.43 MILES

About 45 minutes from Akchour (1.5km), a huge reddish-brown stone arch towers 25m above the river Oued Farda. Unbelievably, the bridge wasn't carved by…

8. Akchour Waterfalls

11.08 MILES

Cascading over smooth jagged rocks, the Akchour waterfall feeds into a turquoise pool. The view is breathtaking, especially when enjoyed with a fresh…