Traditional Moroccan and Andalusian flavors rise from the kitchens of this extremely pretty highland village, painted with dreamy turquoise walls and red-tiled roofs. Think of shady alleyways, blue-washed rough-hewn stone walls hung with potted plants, and wrought iron windows for a peek into its steep hilly lanes, when you think of Chefchaouen. A medieval pilgrimage center with numerous mosques and religious sanctuaries overlooked by Morocco’s Rif mountains, Chefchaouen is a paradise for travelers of all shades. Walk through its beautiful medina and bustling bazaars teeming with traditional textures and colors, visit the Bab el-Ansar, or stroll by the Ras el-Maa. A medieval fortress and ethnographic museum are also tucked by the kasbah. The Seat of Sebbanin and the 15th century mosque with its soaring minarets are worth a visit too.
Riad Cherifa is a boutique property in the warm, blue city of Chefchaouen. Crafted from two traditional houses and tucked away in a quiet street amid the old medina, the quaint hotel offers a mix of traditional Moroccan-Andalusian decor elements and modern amenities.