In Morocco’s most northern mountain range, the Rif Mountains, lies the out-of-this-world city of Chefchaouen. Known as Morocco’s ‘blue city’, Chefchaouen is a magical destination home to buildings painted in various hues of blue colliding against the mountainous landscape. Founded in 1471 as a Moorish fortress, the Chefchaouen has grown over the centuries, welcoming people from all walks of life and becoming the dazzling and unique cultural city that it is today.
As for why the buildings are painted blue, well that’s up for debate! Some believe the buildings were painted blue by the Jewish people who settled in the city (in Jewish belief the color blue represents the sky and reminds people of God). Some believe the blue acts as a mosquito repellent, while others believe it keeps the city cool. No matter the reason, the various shades of blue combine to create a pretty spectacular city.
A photographer’s dream, the best way to explore Chefchaouen is by walking through the city’s streets. Meander your way through narrow alleys, cobblestone streets and public squares and find gems around every corner you turn. The city is a shopper’s delight with the medina full of unique trinkets, clothing, accessories and more, while its local restaurants plate up authentic and delicious Moroccan cuisine.
Discover Morocco’s magical blue city during our A Taste of Morocco small group tour.
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