Welcome to Chefchaouen, the Blue Pearl City of Morocco. Known for all homes and shops painted with different shades of blue. A magical place to get lost in! The sun shines mercilessly, and every colour around you is caught in flames. And since everything is blue, you will feel like you are walking in the mythical Kingdom of Heaven. This fabulous city Located in the north of Morocco, the city's signature colour is a variety of soothing shades of blue that lower blood pressure in seconds. Chefchaouen is also known as the Blue Pearl or the Blue City of Morocco. The buildings are painted with a coating of talcum or chalk that looks worn out. Exploring a maze of narrow blue alleys that smelled of spices, flowers and fresh orange is one of the most important things you will enjoy through your trip to Morocco. Plus it is an incredible place to take pictures. The blue pearl city is a small city in northern Morocco, it has beautiful natural surroundings, rich history and magnificent architecture, but what is famous for it is the bright blue walls of many buildings. Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 and began as a small Maghreb fortress for exiles from Spain, where it gradually welcomed Jews and Christian converts.
Why Is Chefchaouen Blue?Some will tell you that it is a symbol of Jewish solidarity. In the 1930s, numerous Jewish refugees arrived in Chefchaouen, fleeing Nazi persecution and the growing threat of war. Blue is meant to represent peace, security and the power of heaven. In this version of the story, the blue walls spread quickly from the city's Jewish quarter, until the entire city was glowing. Others say that the tradition of painting the walls in blue is Jewish, but it certainly dates back to the founding of the city, in the fifteenth century, when it was built around a castle used to defend the population against the Portuguese invaders. At this time, local Moroccans lived alongside the Jews and the Moriscos (former Muslims who converted to Christianity) for a century or more.
Exploring The Blue Pearl CityThe narrow streets of the blue pearl of Chefchaouen do not try to ease the impact of the hills built on the city. In some cases, stone steps walk straight up the slope, giving your legs a good workout. But when the streets open in the public squares, the views over the city toward the nearby countryside of the countryside look spectacular. The mountains above the blue pearl city give the appearance of the horns and it is believed that this is where the name of Chefchaouen comes from (literally means "watch the horns" in the local dialect). But the rest of the time, keep looking around. This is a beautiful jaw city! It takes you to a different world.
The Best Things To Do In the blue pearlThis blue pearl small town will give you a unique chance to discover plenty of interesting stories. And here are some of the top places and things that you can do and explore in Chefchaouen city.
Get Lost In The Streets of the blue pearlThat's why most travellers look for Chefchaouen, aimlessly strolling through the narrow alleys and streets, drawn with an endless collection of blue, turquoise, powder blue, celeste, robins-egg, indigo, cyan, periwinkle. You can shop for blankets or coloured lamps in souks hidden throughout the blue pearl city. Enjoy a variety of beautiful entrances and detailed tile works that adorn every stay. Sit in a cafe on the street, ask for a steaming cup of mint tea, and watch the locals wear robes dressed in everyday life. We all fall into the whole Moroccan experience.
Go Cat SpottingIf you are a cat lover, then you will love Chefchaouen. It's definitely a cat city like Istanbul. However, local people feed them but generally live abroad in the form of streets. You will find cats in alleys and cats on the stairs and cats in the markets. Cats will be strolling through restaurants and terraces. They hide in trees and shrubs and are on the sidewalks. If you want to attract the cat's attention the blue pearl, try to whisper. It's a great way to get them taking pictures! Meow.
Visit The Kasbah Fortress MuseumBe sure to visit the 15th century Kasbah Castle which is located in the main square of Chefchaouen - Hammamet Square. It is very easy to find this structure with red walls among all the blue buildings. The Kasbah was built in 1471 by Moulay Ali bin Musa bin Rashid and includes a beautiful garden and a small ethnographic museum. Climb the towers inside for some spectacular views of the city and the Grand Mosque. The Kasbah was built in the Andalusian-Maghreb style to defend Chefchaouen from attacks by Portuguese and Spanish.
Spend The Night In A Riad"Riad" is an Arabic word which means "garden", in Morocco it refers to the space in the centre of its traditional guesthouses, which are opened to the sky with a fountain of water. Most of the rooms in Riad refer to the inside of this space, the symbolic heart of the house and when you open your door the first thing in the morning to find the sunlight pouring into the building. Voices of distant Morocco will flow through the hole in the ceiling. You will hear the movement, the morning tea that is being prepared, the Arab call for prayer, and the rhythms of life abroad. Everything is very comfortable.
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