Chefchaouen is one of the prettiest city in Morocco. Located nestled in the Rif mountains, it’s characterized by bright-blue buildings and narrow alleys. The Andalusian influence mixes perfectly with Moroccan authenticity and the result is amazing.
We reached Chefchaouen from Fez (you can read our experience in this city here).
There are different options: the public bus, an excursion or a private transfer. We chose the public bus because the private transfer is economic if you find other people to go with otherwise it’s very expensive.
That’s why we took the bus. It’s a long journey (approximately 4 hours) but you can see the landscape and different villages along the way.
The reasons why Chefchaouen is entirely blue.
Anyway, do you know why this city is so blue? Well, there are several theories as to why the walls were painted blue. One is that the blue keeps the mosquitos away. Others said that Jews introduced the blue when they took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s in order to stick to their religious practices. The color blue is representative of the sky according to Jewish belief. Other locals think that the heat is the reason for the color, because the shades of blue are supposed to keep the buildings cool during the summer.
We suggest to get lost in the Medina to see different spots of Chefchaouen. It’s not that big so you will always find your way back home. If you have the chance, find a place to stay there one night. In the morning there are less people so you will enjoy the beauty of this place.
Shopping here is a far more relaxing experience than elsewhere in Morocco. People are not as persistent as in other Moroccan cities.
Particularly, traditional crafts made by Berber tribes in the surrounding Rif mountains represent the best offer.
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Every corners is a paradise for you camera, so you don’t have to worry about finding mesmerizing spots!