The Blue City of Morocco

by | Feb 2, 2016

In October of 2015 I stepped into what felt like another world

Chefchaouen, Morocco, commonly referred to as the blue city, is unlike any other place I’ve visited. Nearly every building in the fortress town is painted a vibrant shade of blue—a strange and alluring characteristic that’s made it a popular destination for travelers.  Words do it no justice, and pictures can only go so far—this is one place that you have to see for yourself to truly appreciate

The idea for the brilliant blue walls was conceived by Jewish refugees, who sought shelter in the town after the Spanish Reconquista early in the 20th century. They chose the blue to symbolize sky and heaven.

The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen

At one point, the city was used as a fortress to fight off the invading Portuguese who were entering Morocco from the north. It really does feel like a fortress, with sturdy tunnels like this one creating a feeling of security throughout the city.

The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen

Countless stray cats roam the city, seeking shelter in the endless nooks and crannies available to them. Pretty cute, but to my disappointment, none of them were blue.

The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen

How can you have a bad day with all these colors around to brighten it up?

The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen

The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen

The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen

The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen

The majestic architecture makes it easy to look like a total bad ass whenever you leave a room.

The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen

Imagine this as the door to your house…

The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen

Watch where you step though, these steep stone passages can be slippery. These boys use this to their advantage and sled down the hill in a large bowl.

The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen

A Djellaba is a traditional outfit found in Morocco. Sadly, I left town before I had the chance to buy one, but at least I have another reason to go back.

The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen