Wondering where are the best photo spots in Chefchaouen? You are in the right place! I will help you discover the most beautiful places in Chefchaouen and make sure you get some wonderful postcards from your trip.
Chefchaouen, also known as Blue City is one of the most photogenic cities in Morocco with its stunning blue buildings filling up the town and dominating the scene. This is why you want to bring your camera and take some epic photos during your trip.
My guide to the best photo spots in Chefchaouen is going to ensure that you don’t miss a single photo opportunity! I will share additional photography tips, the best time to see these places without crowds, and help you pick out the right lens. Let’s get started!
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13 most Instagrammable places in Chefchaouen and photography tips
- Sidi Bouchouka
- El Asri
- Tuiles colorées
- Jamaa Street
- The bluest alley of Chefchaouen
- Doors of Chefchaouen
- House of Mosaics
- Al-Hawta Square
- Alcazaba also known as Kasbah
- The Spanish Mosque
- Maison de la Culture
- Clock Cafe
Sidi Bouchouka is one of the most famous Instagram spots in Chefchaouen and this staircase alley is every photographer’s dream. As you can imagine, it is a completely blue street filled with plants and flowers. You will love the doors of this street as well.
This is one of the busiest streets, so you will need to come here in the morning before the day trippers arrive. If you are visiting Chefchaouen on a day trip, keep it as the last location when most of the tourists are ready to leave.
You can easily find it on Google Maps. I am sure you won’t miss it as you walk El Asri, which is one of the main streets in Chefchaouen.
Sidi Bouchouka starts from El Asri, so you will cross it at some point. This is a relatively big street filled with a lot of shops – anything from souvenirs to local crafts.
I can guarantee that you will want to photograph every corner of this street, especially the cute shops and art pieces around. It is better to ask permission first, but overall, everyone was very welcoming.
Make sure you prepare your zoom lens to capture some of the details and close-ups. During the day, it is very crowded, so if you want to avoid people in your photos – come early.
The name of the Google Maps is not marked, but you can use Derb El Assri for the reference.
The corner of El Asri and Kaiklana is probably my favorite part of the entire street. The tiny stairs are filled with cute shops that create a perfect backdrop for your photos. It is one of the most Instagrammable places in Chefchaouen.
You can take photos from the top or walk down the stairs and capture the shops from there. Anyway, your next Chefchaouen Instagram spot is just around the corner from there.
I recommend you use a wide-angle lens to capture all the surroundings. Most of the tourists just pass by and completely miss this spot, which means that you can take photos in peace.
Tuiles colorées is one of the best places to take photos in Chefchaouen and just like I said, it is right around the corner from Kaiklana, so you can easily reach it.
This Chefchaouen Instagram spot is famous for its cute door that is surrounded by colorful stairs. It is such a perfect spot that it seems like it was made for photos.
It can get quite busy at the Tuiles colorées, but you will see that people usually queue up for this spot, so you can easily snap an iconic Chefchaouen photo with a bit of patience.
From Tuiles colorées, head down to Jamaa Street, which is another epic Chefchaouen photography spot. It is like a little sister of El Asri – it’s filled with cute shops and souvenirs, but it is less popular and less crowded.
If you arrive from Tuiles colorées, you will notice the orange stand where you can take a picture with the iconic terrace setting if you purchase the drink from the seller. Right in front of it, there is a stunning art piece shop with a cute blue arch on the right side.
Another important attraction on Jamaa Street is The White Mosque of the Souk. As you can see by the name, it is one of the few non-blue buildings in Chefchaouen which creates a unique contrast between blue and white.
The bluest alley of Chefchaouen
As you walk Jamaa Street, at some point you will come across the bluest alley of Chefchaouen. I didn’t save the exact location but it is not far from the orange stand and I am sure you can find it.
While Chefchaouen is filled with blue buildings, I think we can all agree that this is the bluest alley in Chefchaouen. The stairs, the buildings, the doors – everything is blue.
The alley is not very long and at the end of it, you will find another blue house. So basically you are surrounded by blue from all sides. I think it makes it one of the best photo spots in Chefchaouen.
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Doors of Chefchaouen
As you wander around, you will notice a lot of blue wooden doors on your way, however, they are all a little different, so make sure you stop by and capture those that catch your attention.
My favorite doors of Chefchaouen were with kitties snuggled at the entrance. I loved these 3 doors next to each other that offer a contrast between blue and pastel.
I will not share any specific locations, because I want you to wander around and get creative. You will need a good 35 mm lens for a simple photo and most probably a wide-angle lens if you want to capture the door and the building.
House of Mosaics
House of Mosaics is another great place that we found by accident. One of the shop owners pointed us in that direction and that’s how we found one of the best photo spots in Chefchaouen.
The house is quite tall yet narrow, so you will need a good wide-angle lens to capture it entirely. I am sure you will love the mosaic details on the stairs as well – that is probably the cutest part of this location.
Now I can see that it has its own Google location, so you shouldn’t have any problems locating it because apparently, it is a famous Chefchaouen Instagram spot.
Al-Hawta Square is the main square of the Blue City and one of the Instagram spots in Chefchaouen. You will certainly come across it at some point when wandering around the town. It is a lively place where you can stop for a short tea or coffee break.
In the middle of the square, you will find a blue Haouta fountain, which is… of course, it is blue. And I am pretty sure that you will be impatient to capture all those beautiful details.
Use a wider lens to capture the entire square or a good 35 mm lens to take a photo of the fountain. There are a lot of benches around, so you can get some cute photos while sitting down.
Alcazaba also known as Kasbah
Kasbah is a famous historical landmark and probably the only ‘not blue’ attraction in Chefchaouen that is worth visiting. The Kasbah in Chefchaouen offers visitors a glimpse into the city’s past, with its traditional design and historical elements.
This 15th-century Kasbah, adorned in earthy brown clay, houses an enchanting Andalusian-style garden, a converted prison, a modest Center for Research and Andalusian Studies, and a petite art gallery.
As you can imagine, it is one of the popular Instagram spots in Chefchaouen, so don’t miss out!
The Spanish Mosque
If you are looking for the best views of Chefchaouen, you will love The Spanish Mosque. Head to the Eastern Gate of Medina and take a short hike up. It won’t take you more than 30 minutes, but the views from the top will be amazing.
Extra tip! If you are visiting Chefchaouen with an organized day trip, it includes a quick stop at another iconic viewpoint. It is a bit further away, but you still have a fantastic view.
Maison de la Culture
Maison de la Culture is a local library and one of the lesser-known Chefchaouen Instagram spots. There is not much to do for a tourist, but make sure you visit the courtyard as you are wandering around Medina.
A wide-angle lens will capture the beauty of Maison de la Culture and its wonderful patio. And you don’t have to worry about the crowds, because there are only a few locals around.
If you read my Fes guides, you will know that I am a big fan of Cafe Clock, and to my surprise, it is in Chefchaouen as well. This was just a perfect excuse to go back and try more things from their menu. It matches the rest of Chefchaouen with its blue design and offers a fantastic terrace on the top.
Camera gear that I used for my Chefchaouen photos
- Nikon D850 FX-Format Digital SLR
- Nikon Nikkor AF-S 14-24 mm f/2.8G ED
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G
- Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
- Tamron SP 70 – 200 mm f/2.8 di VC G2
Further reading for best photo spots in Chefchaouen
This is the end of the best photo spots in Chefchaouen and I’m sure that after reading this article you are impatient to get to Chefchaouen and create some unforgettable postcards.
I believe that these photography tips will help you take epic photos and find the exact locations of the best photo spots in Chefchaouen.
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