The Blue city in the world, all painted in blue, Chefchaouen city looks like a mirage perched up in the middle of the Rif Mountains, in Northwest Morocco (Africa). Also called Chaouen, the mountain village was under the Spanish influence until it was returned to Morocco in 1956. incredible pictures, of the blue city, also called the ‘Blue Pearl’.
‘Inland from Tangier and Tetouan and situated in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is a photographer’s dream.’
Painted blue by Jewish refugees in the 1930s, Chefchaouen must be the bluest city in the whole world.
Friendly and pleasant, Chefchaouen (chef – sh – ow – en) is an attractive introduction to the Morocco outside the hustle and bustle of Casablanca, Fez, Rabat and Marrakech. It’s a city of 50,000, but it feels intimate and manageable inside the medina’s maze.
It was founded in 1472 as a fortress to protect against Portuguese invasions. Of course those in power switched back and forth numerous times, so today’s Chefchaouen is a mix of Arabic, French and Spanish influences.’