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Chefchaouen: the blue pearl of the Maghreb
Posted on 25/07/2016 235 shares

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This beautiful Moroccan city painted in blue offers both a serene atmosphere and striking views.

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  • Nestled between mountains
    Nestled between mountains

    Chefchaouen is situated in northwest Morocco, beautifully nestled in Morocco's Rif Mountains. It is an artsy, blue-washed city and is one of the most stunning treasures of the Maghreb.

  • Chefchaouen's medina
    Chefchaouen's medina

    Chefchaouen is divided into an eastern half (the medina), and a western half (the new city). The medina is characterised by its picturesque blue walls which were painted by Jewish refugees in the 1930s.

  • Get to know the locals
    Get to know the locals

    Unlike any other Moroccan medina, a large number of locals still live in Chefchaouen's old town. You can walk around the medina and take in local life which has changed little over the centuries.

  • Chefchaouen's mosques
    Chefchaouen's mosques

    Populated by no more than 40,000 inhabitants, the Blue City is home to a large number of mosques and each of them is unique in its own way.

  • Chefchaouen's romantic narrow  streets
    Chefchaouen's romantic narrow streets

    The Medina is perfect for aimless strolls along the narrow and exceptionally romantic streets, where the depth of the blue is emphasised by the fresh rays of sun.

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The Moroccan city of Chefchaouen, beautifully perched amongst the Rif Mountain Range, is one of the most beautiful gems of the region. Literally translated, its name means 'look at the horns', referring to the shape of the mountain tops above the town that resemble the two horns of a goat.

Chefchaouen's buildings were painted in a distinctive palette of white and blue by Jewish refugees who settled there to escape Hitler's Germany in the 1930s. The blue symbolises sky and heaven, and serves as a reminder to lead a spiritual life.

But the distinctiveness of Chefchaouen does not stop with its blue facades and architecture. In 2010, UNESCO inscribed Chefchaouen and the Mediterranean diet of its people as one of the intangible cultural heritages (ICH) of humanity. The local cuisine is characterised by an abundant use of cereals, fruits and vegetables, and limited usage of fish, meat and dairy products.

Chefchaouen is undoubtedly a city of a thousand beauties. The city's contrasting colours are enchanting!

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