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30 Minutes Before Event Time
On arrival to your airport and after completing Immigration and custom formalities you will be met and transferred directly to your Hotel. Depends on arrival time we may include some activities on this day.
Check in and Overnight at your Hotel.
Early breakfast at the hotel.
9 am transfer to chefchaouen for a day excursion.
Arrive Chefchaouen around 12noon.
Afternoon visit of Chefchaouen:
9am transfer to chefchaouen for a day excursion. Arrive Chefchaouen around 12noon. Afternoon visit of Chefchaouen: Chaouen, Xaouen or Chefchaouen? You may take your pick. Chefchaouen is situated at 600m in the er-Rif Mounatins. Founded in 1415 by cherif Sidi Ali Rachid and Moorish exiles from spain; it was to remain unfinished as he was assassinated by the portugues. His cousin, Abou AL-Hassan Ali Ibn Rachid was to re-site the citadel town in 1480 to the eight bank of the Oued Fouarat, enclosing it with ramparts with 7 Babs, or gates, 5 quarters- the El Kharrazine, the Rif El Andalous, the Rif EL Sabannine, the Houmat El Ansaer and the Houmat El Souk. Chefchaouen’s appearance will immediately jump out at you. Houses are generally simple, but decorate with bright white, tourquoise, teal and powder-blue walls, made by mixing lime and water with paint, and doors on bright or cobalt blue. A tradition stemming from the town’s former Jewish population wishing to preserve their Andalusian heritage, the blue of Judaism said to ward off evil spirits. The streets are remarkably clean by any world city’s standards and if these deep blue doors set against brilliant white houses on immaculate streets aren’t enough for you, then there is the sky line for this Berber village mountain retreat nestles snugly between two mountain tops of the Jbel Kelaa Ou Tissarka (2122m) knows as Ech-Chaoua-“ The horns”, climbing up the valley to end at the water source which provides some of the freshest water in the country. Chefchaouen can thus be translated to mean “look at the horns” –The horns of goat. Despite how close Chefchaouen is to the European continent, only three Christians ever found their Way here, the first in 1833, spent 1 dangerous hour here dressed as a Rabbi, the second, a British journalist escaped with his life and the third, in 189, didn’t. This region was one of the most hostile towards Europeans, which is understandable given the town was originally founder by those Moorish Jews and Muslims forcibly displaced from Spain during the Inquisition. This hostility continued when Morocco was fighting the Spanish to avoid becoming a colony. The local chief fought the Spanish, to be captured only with help from French troops. None of this hostility remains, however, though the fierce pride of these citizens can still be seen in that they are very slow to take up Western habits; in large part because of this history. For instance, up until 1937, slaves were still being openly solde in the slave souq. Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination for serious tourists as the delightful town offers some native handicrafts that simply can, not be found in most other places in Morocco. Our guided walking Tour of this delightful blue and white village, reputed to be one of the most picturesque towns in the world, takes in the Palace El Makhzen and the famous (3000m2) square Outta el Hammam; the maze of alleyways with fine doorways in the medina, the crumbling ochre and toffee-coloured Kasbah, the exterior of the Masjid El Andalous with its octagonal mosque, so characteristic of Northern Morocco. On our leisurely stroll throughout the medina in the first thing that many catch your eyes is a man selling pigment in Shades of blue; Yellow, pink and orange. The pigment is the same that is used on the walls of the city. You will see cobblers hand making the yellow fine leather pointed slippers (“babouches”) worn by the local inhabitants, a Berber Djellaba swen with finely embroided seams and carpenters carving tables and chairs made of fragrant cedar wood displaying delicate Islamic designs. There are beautifully ordained mirrors with hand-painted flowers and a wide variety of woven blankets and wool garments, of native goat cheeses to olives and olive oil and honey, the same honey General Franco had regularly air shipped to him.
Chaouen, Tetouan, Tangier
Early breakfast at the hotel. 9am transfer to Tetouanfor a day excursion
Tetouan, a charming Hispano-Mauresque town, plays on the mixture of cultures whilst remaining guardian and shopwindow for its most beautiful traditions.
The medina and El Ensanche
The medina of Tetouan and its unique network of shaded alley ways, is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Its large mellah (Jewish quarter) was called Little Jerusalem. It is the most lively area after nightfall. Here, the souks are well separated, each trade occupying a precise perimeter. Tarafinstreet, which is lined with jewellery shops, leads to Hassan II square and the Royal Palace, a fine example of Hispano-Mauresque architecture. To the west, on the modern side, the new town, El Ensanche, can be found. Its small buildings of five storeys maximum, with shops on the ground floor, were built under Spanish protectorate.
Museums and schools
The archaeological museum can be found in the medina, close to the Bab Tout gate, and the Moroccan Arts museum next to Bab El Oqla. The former has beautiful mosaics and a multitude of Roman-period artefacts, on loan from the Lixus site. The latter, which is ethnological, exhibits traditional costumes and regional musical instruments. Close to this museum, the trade school teaches all craft specialisations. The National Fine Arts Institute, founded in 1947 by Mariano Bertuchi, a Spanish painter, has the particularity of having a comic strip teaching section, since 2000. Since 2004, each year it hosts the international Comic Strip festival.
Short drive back o Tangier for the overnight.
Overnight at your Hotel
After breakfast and check-out, you will meet your driver for your transfer to Tangier’s airport/port for your flight/ferry.
This day, we can offer some activities if the flight is late in the evening. It can be a relaxation day or shopping. Open to any suggestions.