Chefchaouen – The Blue Pearl of Morocco

Chefchaouen - this entire city is BLUE!! You read it right.

Morocco is a country of incredible colours. Just like Marrakech is known as the Red city, the ‘nickname’ of Chefchaouen city is, ‘The Blue City’ or ‘The Blue Pearl of Morocco’.

Chefchaouen is mesmerizing and known for its blue coloured buildings. This is one of the most stunning picturesque cities in the world. You will definitely be wandered, amazed, and inspired by this so kind beauty. Yes! In spite of feeling you’re on the film set of a fantasy movie, Chefchaouen’s medina is a residential area and you are going to love it!

Wondering why this city is Blue? Well, there are multiple reasons as to why the buildings (actually the buildings, the pavements, the doors, and even the steps!) are painted Blue.

• One is this the Jews introduced the blue when they took refuge from Hitler during World War II
• The blue is said to resemble the sky and heaven and serve as a reminder to lead a spiritual life
• The blue colour keeps mosquitos away!

Whatever the reason is, the glow of blue colouration makes the city so beautiful and unique.

The texture and the rounded stones of the house walls are incomparable; it looks as if tailored on order. Leave your map app behind and wander the narrow and steep alleys of the blue medina.

Chefchaouen is so relaxing and way less-hectic than anyplace in the north of Morocco. And it’s cooler than the beachfront towns because of its altitude.

The city is surrounded by mountain cliffs. So you can run for the hills and take a terrific walk up to a tiny 15th-century Spanish mosque on the hill. Visit the 500-year-old Kasbah with views across the entire city. The Kasbah’s stone made architecture is stunning and the inside is cool.

Chefchaouen medina has a square surrounded by many funky arts and crafts stores, roof-top restaurants and cafes. Do visit the local craftsmen and their works. If you want some woollen products, this would be the place to come to Morocco for that. You can also visit the National park just outside of Chefchaouen.

There is a river flowing between the mountains, and of course, Akchour waterfalls is a must-see if you go around there.

Dawn is a superb time to enjoy Chefchaouen to the fullest. Set aside some time to sit on the wall and watch the sunlight’s beam of light emerging out of the shade of the mountains, bathing Morocco’s blue city of Chefchaouen in, well, blue.

As nightfall grabs hold the street lights intensify the blue hue. The youngsters’ play appears to be louder, the call to evening prayer is mesmerizing and the aromas of home cooking whirl all around.

This is absolutely gorgeous and one of a kind that it is worth the journey up into the mountains to see Morocco’s magical blue city.

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