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Chefchaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City

I have no doubt that Chefchaouen is Morocco’s most photogenic blue city. There are no skyscrapers here but mountains and there are no flickering light bulbs at night but stars. The houses aren’t made of steel and glass windows but of adobe bathed in blue.

These houses aren’t coated in blue to beckon tourists to Chefchaouen.

Chaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

It’s not even for aesthetic beauty but more of a religious reason.

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chefchaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

So, you asked me, “Why blue?”

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chefchaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

Well, centuries ago, the Chefchaouen or Chaouen (for short), was a fortress for Spanish exiles.

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chefchaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

Most of these exiles were Jewish who wanted to escape the Spanish Inquisition.

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chefchaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

Here, the Jews, the Muslims and the Christians are living in harmony.

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chefchaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

Even the cats seem to love this city.

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chefchaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

When the Jews landed here, they brought with them the tradition of painting things blue to reflect the sky and the power of God.

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chefchaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

And as you can see – even until today – this tradition lives on, while many of the Jews already moved on.

Chaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

Literally, walking in the sea of blue has never been true but here.

Chaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

The stairs are blue.

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

The mosques and the arches are blue.

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

The windows are blue.

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

And the doors are, too.

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

You want to get the most photogenic photos in the city?

Chaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

Wake up early before the shops open!

Chaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

It’s quiet and only few people roam around the streets.

Chaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

You have the streets all to yourself – and you can pose the way you like without someone watching or judging you. 😀

Chaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

The play between the sun and shadows are real and dramatic.

Chaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

And in the afternoon, hike to the mountain where the Spanish mosque stands and enjoy the city’s panorama at sunset.

Chefchaouen - Morocco's Most Photogenic Blue City.

Chaouen – Morocco’s Most Photogenic Blue City.

Staying two nights in the city is fair enough. Don’t forget to explore the city beyond the blue houses. Restaurants are cheaper there and you’ll find interesting cultural differences with your own on how locals spend their day. If you want to extend longer, there’s a waterfall in a nearby national park where you had to walk for two hours.

Stay at Casa Amina when you’re in Chefchaouen.

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