The Bluest city in the world, all painted in blue, Chefchaouen looks like a mirage perched up in the middle of the Rif Mountains, in Northwest Morocco (Africa). Also called Chaouen, the mountain village was under the Spanish influence until it was returned to Morocco in 1956. Blogger Angie Away has captured the essence, and incredible pictures, of the blue city, also called the ‘Blue Pearl’ (extract below).
‘Inland from Tangier and Tetouan and situated in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is a photographer’s dream.’
Painted blue by Jewish refugees in the 1930s, Chefchaouen must be the bluest city in the whole world.
A sapphire city, if ever there was one. […]
Friendly and pleasant, Chefchaouen (chef – sh – ow – en) is an attractive introduction to the Morocco outside the hustle and bustle of Casablanca, Fez, Rabat and Marrakech. It’s a city of 40,000, but it feels intimate and manageable inside the medina’s maze. […]
It was founded in 1471 as a fortress to protect against Portuguese invasions. Of course those in power switched back and forth numerous times, so today’s Chefchaouen is a mix of Arabic, French and Spanish influences.’
Discover Morocco’s ‘Blue pearl’ in ‘Feeling Blue in Chefchaouen, Morocco’ @Angie Away