Outdoor Adventures

The Rif Mountains are an adventurers play ground. There are so many different options for half, full or multi day walks, mountain biking, swimming and village stays.
See below for different options and we are more than happy to book an official guide to take you or book village stays.

 
 
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Akchour - Waterfalls and Gods Bridge

After something a little more adventurous than walking the blue streets? Less than 45 minutes drive from Chefchaouen is the stunning Tessalamante National Park. Home to the impressive Grand Cascade and Gods Bridge the park features some great day walks and swimming spots. Akchour regularly ends up being one of our travellers top days in Morocco!

Grand Cascades/Waterfall Hike

This undulating hike alongside the river through mountainous gorges and bush will get you feeling close to nature. With a number of river crossings to navigate and hundreds of photos to take, after a leisurely 45 minute walk from the starting point, take a break and have a hot tea or cold orange juice and admire the Petite Cascade or cool off in the river before continuing on another hour and a half to the Grande Cascade. A very popular swimming hole in summer, admire the 100m high waterfall and join the locals for a tagine and a swim before walking back via the same route to the park entrance.


Time: 5 Hours return
Level of fitness: Medium
Price: On inquiry if wanting to go with a guide


Gods Bridge Hike

The impressive Gods Bridge is a natural arch spanning 25 metres high over the gorge. It can be viewed from on top or below, it just depends on how hard of a walk you want!

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I am not lying when I say this is a tough uphill hike! What you are rewarded with though is impressive 360 degree views of the park and valleys below and of course you get to walk across Gods Bridge and admire the gorge below! But please do not try and walk down to the water from Gods Bridge! You will need to go back to the start and follow the river walk.


Time: 1-1 &1/2 hours return
Level of fitness: High
Price: On inquiry if wanting to go with a guide

River walk:
Personally this is one of my favourite spots at Akchour. Feel like a kid again rock hopping back and forth across the river until you see God’s Bridge towering overhead. Be prepared to hop, jump, skip and walk across wooden bridges but it will all be worth it because you will have some of the most beautiful clear swimming holes to cool off in and the tastiest tagines cooked over fires alongside the river. Keep an eye out for monkeys playing in the trees overhead.


Time: 1-1 &1/2 hours return
Level of fitness: Medium
Price: On inquiry if wanting to go with a guide

*Note this route is only available when the river is low.

 

Hiking in the Rif

If you are after a mountain climb, overnight hike or a 3-5 day hiking circuit there are a number of options for you. Book one of our guides to take you on a fantastic overnight adventure.

Jebel el Kalaa

The mountain that towers above Chefchaouen is a great day climb with some impressive mountain scenery and views to the Mediterranean. The 21km circuit with a climb to 1800m takes approximately 6-8 hours or if you want to break up the walk and stay overnight in a mountain gite, this can also be arranged.

Time: 6 hours approx. (optional overnight village stay available)
Level of Fitness: High
Price on Inquiry

Chefchaouen to Akchour Circuit

For those keen for a multi day hike, there is an excellent circuit from Chefchaouen to Akchour. You will experience it all - mountains, valleys, rivers, villages, farms, you name it! Staying in basic gites (with 4 star views!), all meals and water will be provided and you will be looked after extremely well by an official hiking guide. There is also the option to have your bags taken on ahead to your next accommodation so you can focus on hiking and admiring the views rather than lugging a heavy pack!

Time: 3 days/2 nights (longer if desired)
Level of Fitness: High
Price on Inquiry


Chefchaouen to Afeska Return

Directly up into the mountains behind Chefchaouen is where you will head on this hike. The first day is a solid up hill climb on rocky 4wd tracks and paths but don’t worry there are plenty of rest stops to catch your breath. Once reaching the highest point and looking out over the Mediterranean Sea, you will begin your ascent down to Afeska village where you will stay in a beautiful but basic gite run by a local family. Experience amazing home cooked meals, wander around the village and spend your night on the rooftop watching the stars.
After a good nights sleep and a delicious breakfast you will begin your walk back to Chefchaouen.

Time: 2 days/1 night
Level of Fitness: High
Price on Inquiry


Chefchaouen - Meshkrella Circuit

If you are short on time but fancy a walk across the North Moroccan country side and through some villages, this circuit is a great days walk. Look out for the coloured spots on rocks which act as markers or use an online map to help you navigate. This is perfect if you’re wanting a good undulating hike without it being too strenuous. Ask a friendly local for a cup of tea along the way and you may just get invited inside their home for a feast!

If you’re not confident heading out on your own, one of our guides can join you.

Time: allow 8 hours
Level of Fitness: Medium
Price on Inquiry

Fore more information about any of the hikes or for reserving mountain accommodation please contact us and we can handle the bookings for you.

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Village Visits

Wanting a unique experience to see what life is like up in a Moroccan mountain village? Then join one of our village visits for an unforgettable local experience.

Chefchaouen to Kelaa Walk

We will set off from Chefchaouen and walk approximately 30-40 minutes up hill before stopping to admire Chefchaouen from above at a fabulous view point. From here on it will be a gradual 2 hour walk alongside a mountain on a narrow path where you never know what you’ll see. You will most likely pass shepherds, goats, sheep, ladies with their donkeys, kids walking to school, anything really! There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos and take in the fresh mountain air and amazing views.

Once we reach the village of Kelaa we will be welcomed by Mustapha and his family with hot mint tea on arrival followed by a delicious tagine, because we all know, walking makes you hungry! From here on we can either walk the 2 hours back to Chefchaouen or jump in a local mountain ‘taxi’ for a ride home and another unforgettable Moroccan experience.

Time: Allow 6 hours
Level of Fitness: Medium
Price on Inquiry


4WD Sunset & Tea

If walking is not for you, go by four wheel drive from Chefchaouen to Kelaa village and take in the village life from the comfort of an air conditioned vehicle. Here you will stop at Kelaa Gite (basic mountain guesthouse) run by the friendly Mustapha and his family. Make your way to the rooftop and sip on a hot mint tea while watching the sun set over the villages and valleys.

Time: 4pm-7pm (3 hours approx)
Price on Inquiry


4WD Sunrise & Breakfast

Are you a morning person? While the rest of Chefchaouen sleeps why not make your way by four wheel drive up into the Rif Mountains to watch the sunrise over the Mediterranean Sea, before making your way down to Afeska village for a delicious mountain breakfast. You won’t get a breakfast like it! Once you have eaten all the crepes, cheese, bread and eggs you can handle, return back to Chefchaouen and still have a full day to explore in town.

Time: 6am-10am (4 hours approx)
Price on Inquiry


Village Stay

Want to escape to the hills for a night? Staying a night at Kelaa Gite you will get a taste of what its like living up in a north Moroccan mountain village. The Gite is managed and run by a local family and consists of a 14 bunk beds so it can easily accommodate groups or individuals. The gite has a large lounge room, kitchen and bathrooms (with flushing toilets, yes!), roof top and outdoor seating area.
You are welcome to bring your own food and use the kitchen to prepare your meals or enjoy being looked after with delicious home cooked meals.

Price per night: 20 euro (excluding meals) or 35 euro (including meals)


Mountain Biking

What better way to get the adrenaline pumping than out mountain biking in the Rif Mountains. With an expert guide you’ll be riding across diverse terrain across mountainous, rugged landscapes on remote, rough tracks. It’s an exciting way to take in the sights of Chefchaouens’ surrounds.

With the option of a trail ride, downhill ride (with support vehicle, because really, who likes uphill?!?) or a leisurely ride along village dirt roads, there is something for every thrill seeker.

Bike hire and helmet is included. Additional options for catered lunch and water.

Time: Morning Half Day or Full Day
Price on Inquiry