The Blue Pearl. You might not recognize the name of Chefchaouen, but the images of this iconic Moroccan town are unmistakable. Chefchaouen, Chaouen for short, is nestled among the Rif mountains in northern Morocco.
The city became well known for its brightly painted blue buildings of the old Medina. The traditional blue painting dates back to the Jewish community that settled there after the Spanish Inquisition and remains to this day.
There is only one way to explore the old city of Chefchaouen; it is to simply get lost. Around every corner you will find another hidden alleyway shining with many shades of blue. There is not one specific street you need to see, rather try to see them all!
Just remember you will not be the only one there enjoying the city of blue. In more photogenic areas tourists will wait in line, allowing everyone to get their own perfect photo clear of strangers. Be patient and enjoy the experience.
There are many colorful pigments for paint, but we are not sure where all the other colors are used! You will have them in pretty much any store around the old medina.
While the walls remain a calming blue, the markets are full of vibrant colors. The cities expert craftsmanship and artisans bring a rainbow of colors to the endless markets.
Our favorite view was from the Ras Elma, which is a viewpoint on the way to the Spanish Mosque. It is the best place to enjoy either sunrise or sunset. It is a 45 minute hike from the old town, but we promise it is totally worth it.
Do not forget to visit the Kasbah and go to the top of the tower. It is one of the best views of the whole city and the surrounding Rif Mountains.
We hope this glimpse into Chefchaouen will expire you to visit Morocco for yourself. We cannot wait to see your guys photographs of this beautiful blue pearl.