Chefchaouen, “The Blue Pearl,” a small town in northern Morocco, beneath the Rif mountains, is known for its buildings painted in shades of cerulean or azure. The town is split into an eastern and western half, known as the medina and the new city, respectively. Plaza Uta el-Hammam, located in the heart of the medina, is the home to an unmistakable kasbah or fortress. The medina itself will take you on a journey along its numerous cobbled, winding, sneaky and hidden streets and alleyways, reminiscent of traditional Andalusian architecture. Just off the main Plaza Outa el-Hammam, is where you can get the best views in town from a rooftop terrace at La Lampe Magique Casa Aladdin. However, if you’re searching for the best traditional Moroccan dishes, Tissemlal is the place for you, and they even have an open fire on cold evenings. For a taste of natural beauty at its best, take a 40-minute drive from Chefchaouen to Akshour. From there you can hike to God’s Bridge, an impressive rock arc, 25 meters above the river Oued Farda, with a waterfall and small bungalow cafés along the way. Don’t forget your swimsuit, because swimming under the arch in the clear, blue waters is as refreshing as it is magical. What you cannot miss in Chefchaouen is watching the sunset or sunrise from the bright white Spanish mosque, perched alone on a hill just east of town. It is about a half an hour trek to a wall, just in front of the mosque, that acts as the perfect spot to sit and watch the sun wash shades of red and orange over the distant limestone peaks of the Rif mountains.