Riad Cherifa

Chefchaouen, Northern Morocco

At a Glance

  • The riad is a combination of two Andalusian-Moroccan style houses that are over 150 years old

  • A beautiful and colourful riad, with bright green, blue, and yellow Fez Zelig tiles that were hand made by local artisans

  • The riad is located on a quiet side street, yet close to one of the main intersections of the old Medina.

  • This riad preserves its traditional style and seamlessly blends modern amenities.

  • Many lounges, small gardens, and terraces are scattered throughout the property.

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Weather-wise, the best times to go are spring and autumn, when temperatures are 20°C to 25°C by day and at least 10°C by night, and November to February, with cooler nights but similar daytime temperatures and light rainfall possible. The weather in March and April features sporadic, light rainfall with some sandstorms in April, while June can see dusty siroccos (desert winds). From mid-June to August temperatures rise into the 30s and occasionally 40s.

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Insider's View

The stunning tile work in the property were all original to the house - over 150 years old! Hand made by local artisans.

Take a drink and a book to one of the many secluded parts of the riad  - you'd be forgiven for thinking you were there alone.

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Located in a convenient spot in Morocco's Blue City, Chefchaouen, Riad Cherifa is a wonderful choice to explore this magical city. This intimate riad will charm you with its traditional artisan work, tiled hammam, sunny terrace, and oasis-like pool.

Conveniently situated in a quiet street of Hassan Al Awal, at one of the main intersections of the old Medina, in the charming city of Chefchaouen, Morocco sits this jewel-like riad. With only 12 rooms this intimate riad maintains its Andalusian-Moroccan charm, with arched doorways, stained glass, or colourful Fez Zelig tile work within the rooms and common areas.

The riad is a combination of two traditional houses that have been lovingly restored; all of the rooms are slightly different yet remain true to the architecture and décor of the original homes while blending seamlessly with modern amenities. The rooms are delightful offering superior comfort and touches such as hand carved cedar wood details, tadelakt walls, and stunning brightly coloured bathroom tiling. After a day of exploring the delightful blue streets of Chefchaouen, Riad Cherifa will be a welcome oasis with comfortable seating areas throughout the property. Lounges and small gardens are scattered throughout the property and are perfect for reading a book or chatting. 

The rooftop terrace, complete with lush greenery and flowers, is ideal for relaxing with a mint tea and looking over the city.  A traditional Moroccan breakfast is included, and can be taken on the lovely pool-side terrace, surrounded by potted flowering plants. The pool itself is tranquil as it is walled on three-sides for a true oasis feel.  An on-site hammam is large and strikingly tiled with blues and golds reminiscent of the city outside.


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There is a total of 12 rooms, 4 Superior, 6 Standard, and 2 Economic.  All rooms maintain their Andalusian-Moroccan charm while combining seemlessly with modern comforts. Rainfall showers, and jewel-coloured tilework make the bathrooms a delight to enter, and exquisite examples of local handicrafts decorate the rooms with embroidered bedspreads, antique furniture, and handpainted motifs. 


The outdoor pool is surrounded on 3 sides by high walls providing a real oasis-like atmosphere and a genuine escape from the town streets and souks. For even greater relaxation, there is a traditional tiled hammam with an adjacent therapy room ready to massage away any stress.  Both the pool terrace and rooftop terrace are surrounded by beautiful potted flowers and greenery, with different areas to sit and relax or enjoy a private moment. There is no on-site restaurant for lunch or dinner, however, arrangements can be made to dine at a neighboring riad or in the town.


Tour one of the most picturesque cities in Morocco, Chefchaouen, with its brilliant hues of blue alleys and doorways.  Take part in a cooking class that includes shopping at a local market and then prepare a delicious meal to enjoy.


  • Guided tour of Chefchaouen

    Nestled into the fold of the Rif Mountains, the ancient Moroccan town of Chefchaouen features bright blue buildings, red-tiled roofs and beautiful architecture, making the bustling medina a fascinating place to explore.

  • Guided visit of Tétouan

    Explore the winding lanes of the souks of Tétouan, passing by white-washed buildings, influenced by Spanish architecture. This authentic city offers a true insight into the traditional lives of the Moroccan people and their flourishing textile industry.

Holiday Ideas

  • Authentic Morocco

    Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fes, Marrakech, Atlas Mountains

    from £6000 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • Get under the skin of the authentic Morocco in its traditional, historical cities
    • Be transported through time as you explore the winding maze of Fes' medina
    • Explore the picturesque streets of charming Chefchaouen, Morocco's blue city

Location & directions

Chefchaouen, Northern Morocco

Riad Chérifa is located in a quiet side street of Hassan Al Awal in the city of Chefchaouen, Morocco. Chefchaouen is located in the Rif Mountains, in northern Morocco.

How to get there

From Tanger airport, Chefchaouen is just over 2 hours by car. Fes is approximately 4 hours away by car.

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