Chefchaouen, Morocco. The do’s and dont’s while in the Blue City.

What to consider, when visiting the “Blue Pearl” of Morocco…

Do go early: The blue city, is best shot during the day. It is a long drive to get here, but that does not slow people down from visiting. It can get pretty crowded around noon. Have the place to yourself before the shop owners start moving.

Do shop: I had the best shopping experience in the blue city. I got my favorite pair of harem pants here for $5, and picked up a full sized umbrella for $5.

Do bring an umbrella: It is guaranteed to rain, or mist at some point during the day, because of the city’s position in the mountains. We started out good, then had a downpour for about 45 minutes. We took that time to stop and have a bite to eat.

Do be respectful of the doors in the alleyway: The blue city is not just a city set up for show. People live here within the walls of the old town with their families. I almost fell into someone’s home while leaning on the door to take my photo.

Don’t be loud: Remember, this is a residential neighborhood.

Do eat tangine: We had the cheapest, and one of the best meals in the blue city! My husband and I both ate full meals, with drinks and tip for $10 total.

Don’t expect for your photos to be vibrant without editing: The blue city is beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, but the colors on the walls are not as vibrant as they appear in photos. Just add saturation to your edits.

Do take the local currency and have change: The exchange rate is 10 to 1 there, but it just makes it easier when negotiating and paying for your items.

Do price hagle and offer 50% of asking price.

Do have a game plan if visiting without a certified guide: If your guide is not certified from a tourism company, they can not accompany you into the blue city. They will drop you off at the entrance and come back to pick you up.

Don’t plan to spend more that a few hours there: Other than shopping, eating and taking photos, there is not much else to do.

Do take a few outfits there to change up your look in your photos.

Be safe and enjoy!

XO- Alisha

Author: enchantedtravels

Welcome to my Travel blog! Some of you may not know that this is not my first rodeo on the blogging scene. I wrote an entertainment and lifestyle blog for an NYC based PR Firm back in 2011 before my business took off and got a little busy. I have traveled abroad and domestically at my leisure and for work since 2005 and I have many stories to share. I was first introduced to international travel by my parents. They took me along with them on a missions trip to Germany and halfway through the trip, I hopped on a bus by myself and crossed the border into France. I spent the weekend exploring Paris on my own back when solo trips were not popular. I was 25 years old with a YOLO attitude and just could not be that close to the "City of Lights" without making a visit. That is when the travel bug hit! I was recently inspired to start blogging again after my trip to Cuba, and this time, create a blog for myself. When I first started traveling on a more consistent basis and internationally, I was 25 years old, single and working full time as contract travel Occupational Therapist. I met my husband of almost ten years along the way and he said that one of the things that attracted me to him was my love for travel. He got himself a passport and we have continued to see the world since then, kids and all!

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