This Bright Blue Village Is Called The Pearl Of Morocco

Chefchaouen Morocco


Chances are if you’ve ever looked at Instagram, you’ve seen photos of the charming corridors of this bright blue Moroccan village. It’s called Chefchaouen, and it’s all the rage for photographers and travelers and those ‘grammers who identify as both.

Chefchaouen is in Northwest Morocco.

It’s surrounded by the Rif Mountains, making for some pretty hilly views. Chefchaouen is about halfway between Tangier and Fez, so it’s accessible for those coming into Morocco across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain.

The blue hue dates back to the 1500s.

That’s when many Spanish Jewish and Muslim refugees fleeing the Spanish Inquisition settled here. The blue paint traditionally symbolized the heavens, with the blue mirroring the sky.

Chefchaouen got popular with the hippy backpacking crowd of the 1960s.

And it’s only grown in popularity since. The hippies went to procure a certain illicit substance (cough cannabis cough) back in the day, but now, people go for the charming beauty of the village.

It’s beautiful and peaceful, but slow-paced.

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If you love shopping, eating and strolling while taking photo after photo, you’ll love Chefchaouen. It’s not a high-thrills place, but it is pretty thrilling to wander through such an old city with little to do but get lost in the quaint streets.


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