Chefchaouen, or as it is popularly know, Chaouen, nestling amongst the precipitous mountains of the Rifeño country, is renowned for its blue-and-white-washed buildings in the Medina.
The blue sky, the sound of the river, and the washerwomen create a very special combination of sound and colour. The laid back villagers always welcome travellers. They are great hosts; their shops, all differently decorated, sell spices, baskets, leather and dyes. The mix of smells and flavours along the many steep and narrow streets is a real feast for the senses.
Those in the know head for Outta Hammam Square in the heart of the old town where they sit and relax over a glass of mint tea at one of the many restaurants and cafés. Meanwhile, others walk up to Ras El Maa, stopping in their tracks many times to marvel at the fairy-tale landscape seen between the walls.
And it is only when you hear the muezzin (call to prayer) emanating from the Great Mosque that the constant bustling stops for a moment, inviting you to experience new sensations.