The place where everything is the Blue, blue houses, Blue Street, Blue Shade, Blue Blue Blue Welcome to Chefchaouen is one of those unique towns in the world.
? Then you need to visit the Blue Pearl City of Morocco, Have you ever been to a picturesque town covered in the shades of blue?
background of the Mediterranean Sea. Located on the northern tip of Morocco, a number of visitors flocks to Chefchaouen to Experience its powder-blue avenues.
Ever wondered how Chefchaouen earned the nickname “Blue Pearl” These are the explanations behind that.
The Blue Pearl of Morocco is one of the most charming medinas and a unique place
Sultan Moulay Ali Ben Rachid established Chefchaouen in 1471 as a base for the Riffian Berber tribes to help protect the region against potential attacks by the Portuguese.
The town expanded with the arrival of Moorish and Jewish refugees from Granada Reconquista after 1492.
In the 1900s that it was painted blue, during that time Chefchaouen was taken over by the Spanish.
1956 Morocco gained independence. So, that where born common languages you’ll hear in this area are Moroccan Arabic, Spanish, English, and Berber.
Welcome to multi-cultural Morocco!
Why is everything blue?
There are verities hypotheses about the History behind the Blue Tones of Chefchaouen city.
People presume that the colors of blue help stop mosquitoes. Mosquitoes usually prefer to stay near the body of water,
not in the water. Since the colors of the town buildings appear like running water, it helps eliminate mosquitoes and avoid malaria.
It’s a soothing color
Some locals claim that Chefchaouen’s blue is because blue looks captivating and Islam’s blue is portrayed as a color of happiness and optimism. Others may add that this reflects the unity of the community of Morocco because everyone has done it.
The practice of painting blue was introduced as a strong tradition. Also, Blue symbolic of the sky in the Jewish religion which reminds people of God and Heaven.
People believe that the Jewish refugees spread the blue fever to the entire Chefchaouen ‘medina’ in 1930.
According to older locals said that Most of the buildings within the medina used to be white until fairly recently. only the Jewish part of the old city, Mullah used to be painted blue.
Color of the water
Generally local Said that the walls of Chefchaouen are daubed with blue shades to reflect the color of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and the waterfall of Ras al-Maa. Through this waterfall, the people get their potable water.
Some Local says the blue helps to keep their homes cool during the warmer months.
Although this may not have been the original explanation, it is a perfectly valid one, nowadays.
To Attract Tourist
Although for other reasons the color of the walls and the strolling narrow alleys are likely to keep tourists coming.
Whatever “blue origin myth” is right, there’s no doubt that attracting visitors is now a major factor why the blue activity persists.
Concierge Travel Tips of Chefchaouen.
The best times to visit are spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) due to the heat, but the crowds are high, too. Usually, summer is so humid that not even the locals hang around.
Morocco is a Muslim country, so it is advised to use conservative clothing. Chefchauoen is a little more liberal than other towns, but unwelcome attention can be drawn by revealing too much leg or mid-rift.
At night in the Riff Mountains, it can get pretty cold, so bring something cozy, like a jumper or a light jacket.
It is predicted that haggling over costs with nearby store owners would still aim to negotiate a decent souvenir offer.
Even when buying food, since it’s already super cheap and no haggling is needed.
Many people just pop in for a day trip to Chefchauoen, but I would suggest spending at least 3 days here. In Morocco, it was one of my favorite stops.
As compared to the more popular Arabic & French heard in the rest of the world, many locals in Chefchaouen actually speak Spanish.
Welcome Chefchauoen, to one of Multi Culture City
Morocco’s Blue Pearl Chefchaouen ranks sixth among the top ten most beautiful cities.