Chefchaouen: Morocco’s gorgeous blue city

I should move here. Reasons to move: it’s really blue (the buildings, the paths, the stairs, most things), there are cats here, they have a regional goat’s cheese… OK, that’s only three reasons, but those reasons are really strong!

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Chefchaouen is a town in northwest Morocco which is famous for its blueness. I’m not entirely sure why it is so blue, but I suspect it has something to do with tourism… Now, at least.

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However, it’s thought that it was originally painted blue because it was established by Jewish and Moorish refugees in 1471; they were running from the Reconquista of Spain. In Judaism, the colour blue is said to represent divinity, so they painted their new homes all different shades of blue to remind them to live a spiritual life.

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Another theory as to why the city is painted blue is because it keeps the mosquitos away! Apparently, they only like stagnant, still water; flowing water is not for them. All the different shades of blue in Chefchaouen are supposed to remind them of a flowing stream or river.

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About Lizzie Brooks

Lizzie Brooks

The most beautiful place I have been (so far!) has been Norway. Coming in to land in Oslo was like coming in to land in a fairytale; pine trees that looked like velvet amongst frozen fjords, the occasional wisp of smoke coming up from a little yellow or red house within the trees. Beautiful!

I kind of expected to see a Moomin emerging (but they are from Finland, of course).

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