With the honeymoon fast approaching I’ve caught the travelling bug. I’ve already worked out next years holiday (Amalfi Coast) and the year after that (Northern Spain)! Now I’ve come across this BEAUTIFUL blue town in Morocco and I want to head there too…
Too many beautiful places with not enough time!
Chefchaouen, in the north west of Morocco has a famous, unique, old town that is known for its striking blue walls.
Looking like somewhere that has fallen out of a Picasso painting from his infamous blue period, Chefchaouen has existed since 1471. Its medina, or old town, has been painted blue since the 1930s, when Jewish refugees arrived in the town. Believing blue to represent the sky and heaven, they began painting some walls blue. The trend quickly caught on when it was found that the blue appeared to repel mosquitos.
The blue walls make the old town centre of Chefchaouen an almost other-worldly place to walk around, with visitors commenting at finding new bursts of colour at every turn. Contrasted against the Rif mountains, where Chefchaouen is set, the walls make it is easy to spend a day wandering and taking photos.
Chefchaouen, a small but charming town of 40,000 residents, was owned by Spain for a long time during the Spanish occupation of part of Morocco, but the city was returned to Morocco in the 1950s, and the Spanish have helped to fund restoration of the blue medina walls.
The main square of the new section of the city, Plaza Mohammed V, was even designed by Spanish artist Juan Miró, and Spanish is the second most common language in Chefchaouen. The town is also famous for its handmade blankets and wool clothing and goats cheese, both sourced from the local area.
But the blue walls of the medina are by far its most attractive quality, and in summer, it can see an huge influx of travellers who want to experience the serenity of the medina for themselves – I would love to be amongst them.