Magic Colors of Chefchaouen – The blue city of Morocco

Updated May 6, 2018 / João Leitão / Filed in:
Magic Colors of Chefchaouen - Morocco

Magic Colors of Chefchaouen – The blue city of Morocco

Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen – the Blue City of Morocco.

Somehow, this blue painted old city stands out with a peculiar charm.

Chefchaouen is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque and photogenic cities in Morocco. The name comes from the Berber word Achawen, “horns,” because of the mountain peaks that dominate and surround the city.

Chefchaouen house with opened door

Chefchaouen house with opened door

On this page, I selected some beautiful photos of Chefchaouen. I hope you enjoy this photo essay.

Photos of Chefchaouen – Northern Morocco

Chefchaouen castle - La Kasbah

Chefchaouen castle – La Kasbah

Chefchaouen was founded back in 1471 and hosted a population composed mainly of Andalusian Moors. There’s a small fortress called La Kasbah that was built to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco.

Blue street in Chefchaouen

Blue street in Chefchaouen

Beautiful blue door in Chefchaouen

Beautiful blue door in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen has an extensive and remarkable religious heritage with dozens of mosques, oratories, zaouias, and mausoleums. Because of this irrefutable legacy, Chefchaouen earned the name of El-Madina Es-Saliha – the Holy City.

Chefchaouen blue street

Chefchaouen blue street

This Moroccan destination is the perfect place to spend a few days, exploring the medina, taking pictures and relaxing in its several street cafés – while drinking a delicious mint tea.

Blue alley in Chefchaouen

Blue alley in Chefchaouen

Inside the Chefchaouen castle - La Kasbah

Inside the Chefchaouen castle – La Kasbah

Spices for sale in Chefchaouen

Spices for sale in Chefchaouen

Clothes hanging in Chefchaouen

Clothes hanging in Chefchaouen

Door lock in Chefchaouen

Door lock in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen street with shops

Chefchaouen street with shops

Christians were prohibited from entering Chefchaouen under death penalty. The first non-Muslim that finally visited the city in 1883 was the explorer Charles de Foucauld.

Chefchaouen Street sign

Chefchaouen Street sign

Donkey in Chefchaouen

Donkey in Chefchaouen

Wall with souvenirs for sale in Chefchaouen

Wall with souvenirs for sale in Chefchaouen

Alley in Chefchaouen

Alley in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen carpet hanging in house patio

Chefchaouen carpet hanging in house patio

Traditional northern Morocco ceramics in Chefchaouen

Traditional northern Morocco ceramics in Chefchaouen

Souvenir shops in Chefchaouen

Souvenir shops in Chefchaouen

Patio with shops in Chefchaouen

Patio with shops in Chefchaouen

Carpets hanging in Chefchaouen

Carpets hanging in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen local sweets for sale on the street

Chefchaouen local sweets for sale on the street

Door lock in Chefchaouen

Door lock in Chefchaouen

House interior patio in Chefchaouen

House interior patio in Chefchaouen

Clothes hanging in Chefchaouen

Clothes hanging in Chefchaouen

Stairs heading to Chefchaouen city center

Stairs heading to Chefchaouen city center

Clothes hanging in Chefchaouen

Clothes hanging in Chefchaouen

Visit another page with Chefchaouen photos by Jodi Ettenberg from Legal Nomads: Chefchaouen, Morocco in Photos – 38 photos from color and cobblestones in Chefchaouen, Morocco.

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