Magic Colors of Chefchaouen – The blue city of Morocco

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Updated May 6, 2017 / João Leitão / 59 Comments / Filed in: / Reading time 2 minutes
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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So beautiful and so good information you shared about that place. so stunning photos you shared.

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Looks wild. Definitely a photo (and eats) trip!

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Wow. Beautiful photos. I love the blue…such a calming color!

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Researching Morocco, I came across this post. As everyone else has mentioned, the photos are spectacular. The quirky architecture is extremely aesthetic and inspiring. Seems like it would be a great place to do a homestay.

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Beautiful scenery! The narrow streets and the white – blue color combinations remind me of Cyclades Greece!

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Hey João,
You have captured amazing picture of blue city morocco. I never visited morocco, But after seeing your pictures, I would definitely add morocco city in my bucketlist.

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Such a gorgeous city! I’m headed there in June and cannot wait. Love your photography!

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Wow, Chefchaouen looks absolutely lovely! I have a friend who’s been there, and these pictures you’ve taken have added to my desire to go there. Have you been to Jodhpur in India? Parts of that city have the blue-washed buildings as well. Really makes for a magical environment.

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Hey Nathan! I would love to go to India, I hope I’ll be heading there in 2016. Jodhpur is on my list of places to visit. Thanks for the tips. I’m glad you like Chefchaouen! Happy New Year all the way from Morocco!

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The whole place is very gorgeous and stunning. I’ve never seen a place like this and Morocco really have it. It’s like an art in the whole area and this is quite unique.

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hello Kristine! thank you for your nice comment. I’m happy you like this place. Thanks!

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That’s cool to see that people are traveling to Morocco despite all the security challenges in the area.

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Morocco is a very safe country actually and indeed one of the most exotic places on Earth. thanks for commenting!

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Well, I agree it is safer than many other countries around the world. I also assume that tourism to Morocco will increase in the next few months/years as a result of travel alerts to beautiful countries like Turkey and Egypt. What a shame that the world became a war zone…

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Hey Daniel I totally agree with you. Let’s hope Morocco can keep up to protect itself against terrorism. Happy new year!

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Morocco looks beautiful and it’s on my destination wish list! Love all of the different shades of blue you saw there. What kind of camera do you use to capture those pictures?

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Hey Kim thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked those pics. For this specific Chefchaouen images, I mostly used my old Canon EOS 450D. Bye!

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Oh I love these pictures. And the bluish colors are just amazing. This is definitely a place I’d like to visit!

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Zascha you have to visit Morocco! I’m glad you like this beautiful blue color destination. Chefchaouen is amazing. Thank you for your comment. Happy New Year!

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Amazing pictures. Must have been incredible to visit here!

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I`m so passionate about Morocco. There is my dreamland, I don`t know why, but all the time I hear about the Kingdom of Morocco my heart starts beating faster. I`ve been twice there and there is part of my adventure.

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Hello Lidiia great to know you also love Morocco like I do. This is a great exotic country full of friendly people and amazing landscapes. Happy travels!

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Oh, the city in Blue. I love that city and I can’t wait to get there someday. João, You have captured some very interesting pictures and love them. The city looks truly amazing.

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Thanks again for your comment Marc. I’m glad you found these pics interesting. Happy travels.

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This has made me so excited to document my travels in Morocco! x

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AH! I’m glad you are excited about writing of Morocco! keep safe and happy travels!

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Beatiful colors, and you did an excellent job capturing all the small details.

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Fernando thank you very much for your comment. I’m glad you also like Chefchaouen colors, they are indeed very exotic and different. Very nice blog you have! I love it. Happy travels and I wish you a great 2016.

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Morocco is coming up in my travel plans in November and I can’t wait! Looks amazing for photography. Other than a couple cities, I haven’t chosen everywhere I’ll go yet so thanks for showing Chefchaouen, I might have to add it to the plan while I’m there!

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Thank you for your comment! I’m glad you like Chefchaouen, one of my favorite cities in Morocco. You should also visit Rabat, Marrakesh, Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate! happy travels!

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Chef is pretty spectacular, especially for photography. It’s a very artsy community as well with lots of hippies! I also traveled around the south a few years back and spending a night out in the Sahara is a must! Most amazing night sky I’ve ever seen anywhere. Also, spend a few days in Essaouria on the coast. Really chill seaside town with an eclectic medina and great seafood. Take the train as much as you can – it’s cheap, clean, and safe. Often less expensive to fly to Casablanca than Marrakesh if coming from the US.

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hey Jared thank you for your insight about this amazing Morocco destination. Happy New Year!

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Beautiful pictures of Chefchaouen. The city in blue. I am planing on visiting sometimes next year and thank you for the great pics.

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I hope my photography skills will get as good as you one day. I have yet to visit Morocco. I just started my blog after I went abroad by myself for the first time to Paris. May I ask what comment system are you using? Any feedbacks or advice for my blog are welcomed as I just started it few weeks ago, thanks!

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hey Chuck first of all congratulations for starting your blog. Thank you so much for your comment, I’m glad you liked my pics. About the comment system, well, it’s just the normal WordPress comment one. Less is more. happy new year and happy travels.

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The structure of the houses are really different and amazing. I like the first picture “Chefchaouen castle – La Kasbah.” Excellent Places.

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looks beautiful! only been to fez and tangiers but would love to see more of Morocco.

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Absolutely incredible. I’ve always had Morocco on my list of “must see” places and will finally be able to when I take off for my year (plus) long trip! I look forward to walking these streets with my mint tea in hand.

Thanks for sharing!

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Morocco is such an ancient and stunning country. It’s well worth of visit.

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Its really beautiful and pictures are simply great

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Ana Luísa Coelho
June 21, 2015 3:07 pm

Lindas fotos desta cidade cheia de magia e fora do vulgar. Obrigada por me darem a oportunidade de reviver a minha viagem a Marrocos e esta cidade encantadora.

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I don’t need to travel at all when I am reading your stories. Just sit and wait when something that doesn’t have a chance to be not interesting appears and that’s all. Thanks João and keep it going.

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You have some very beautiful photos; I love the beautiful ceramics and the different blues of the city. I’d love to visit Chefchaouen one day when I go to Morocco.

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great photos! shows the character for sure!

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Lovely photos. Reminds me of parts of Greece and Turkey as well. I’ll have to add this one to the list. Such beauty.

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Wow, I love Morocco, but I’ve never see this ‘blue city’ before – fabulous!

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What a beautiful photo essay of Chefchaouen. I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco and your photos inspire me to get there and get there soon.

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I just did a blue post for Israel. Maybe this should be an around the world thing 😉

Stunning pics.

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What amazing photographs! Well, the place looks simply stunning, a lot of it reminds me of the Peruvian Andes. The old locks, the old painted wood. And well my father´s house has always been painted blue with natural powder dye so its all very soothing for me.

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Beautiful photos, I didn’t want them to end as I was scrolling! Some of the ones of the narrow streets reminded me of Greece. I’ve never visited Morocco, but it is on my “must see” list!

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I love the blue. It’s a memorizing chalky white that reminds me of clouds. You’ve taken some really great photos that show off the true beauty of this town.

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Gorgeous photos. The blue gives the city such a unique character and I love the traditional ceramics. I enjoy the way this post makes me feel almost as though I am walking through this culturally rich and historical city. Thanks! – Emme @ Green Global Travel

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You got some amazing photos of the place! So much character – amazing what a little (or a lot) of blue paint can accomplish.

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Love all the colors and it make the pics pop. I miss Morocco.

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That baby blue is truly a magical color. I don’t know why in the western world every building has to be gray, even a little bit of color makes a city look so much friendlier and more inviting, don’t you think?

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Anabela Ferreira
June 10, 2015 5:24 am

Desde a primeira viagem a Marrocos, ainda a dar os primeiros passos para fora deste continente (excepto ilhas . Cabo Verde, Madeira, Canárias…) procurava na web informações sobre Marrocos, para fazer o “trabalho de casa” antes de pôr o pé na estrada pois os dias eram limitados e não queria como nunca quero perder o essencial, mas também queria tempo para perder-me um pouco pelas gentes dos lugares sentir os aromas, sentir o sentir, sentir como se fosse do lugar, embrenhar-me no quotidiano das pessoas e para isso é preciso também saber os “mínimos”. Nessa minha procura esbarrei num blog, não podia chamar-se um site do João Leitão que me apaixonou pela forma como falava de Marrocos, pelas dicas fundamentais que me forneceu, E por isso a minha viagem de mochila às costas em companhias low-cost a correr de um avião para o outro, porque não havia directo pelo menos com o meu recurso financeiro, foi um autentico sucesso. E isso devo-o ao João Leitão que me apressei a divulgar pelos meus amigos amantes da liberdade de viajar. Desde então esse blog foi-se transformando felizmente, tornou-se no que é hoje, tive a oportunidade de “ver” o estabelecimento da Rita em Marrocos , o principio e o sucesso que ambos são hoje. Parabéns e continuem assim. São os meus favoritos. Acho, permitam-me o abuso do julgamento que têm a mesma paixão pelos países que ainda quero visitar, pelas gentes, que não partilham a civilização como a conhecemos, os aromas exóticos, o grão de areia na alma, o sol, as montanhas, o infinito. Desejo o melhor de sempre para vocês e sem humildade orgulho-me de me ter esbarrado na web com o blog do João Leitão.

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