After a long day of driving to and then touring Rabat (Morocco’s capital) and then a few more hours of driving, we arrived in the famous “Blue City.” Chefchaouen, or Chaouen, is in the Rif Mountains of northwest Morocco. It’s known for the striking, variously hued blue-washed buildings of its old town.
Surrounded on all sides by epic mountain scenery and with a 500-year-old fortress at its center, Chaouen is becoming a new "it" place on Morocco's tourist trail. It’s not easy to get to, but it’s worth the trip.
The gorgeous blue rinse covers Chaouen's houses, its mosques, government buildings, public squares and even its lampposts and trash cans.
The custom dates back to the 15th century, when Jewish refugees fleeing the Spanish Inquisition settled in large numbers in Chaouen. They brought with them their tradition of painting things blue to mirror the sky and remind them of God.
Our guide told us that the blue also helps to keep the bugs (especially mosquitos) away. We hope you enjoy the pics! Next stop, Fez.
p.s. if you do decide to come here, remember to bring your own wine…it’s a religious city and a mostly dry town. We didn’t get that memo. Fatal flaw with our pre-trip planning.