I traveled to the gem Chefchaouen in 2007 with six peers from my study abroad program. Half the excitement of Chefchaouen is getting there – a ferry from southern Spain across the strait of Gibraltar to Africa, a walk across the border to Morocco and a grand taxi to take us on the hour drive to the mellow mountain town. The town’s blue-washed buildings — blue accents highlight everywhere from outer walls to curved arches and steps — add to the town’s magic and charm. Spend the day wandering the town and getting lost in the small medina. The mountains surrounding the town offer fantastic vistas and hiking options. As with anywhere in Morocco - don't forget to drink hot mint tea.