There are a few legendary stories about the blue-walled Moroccan city of Chefchaouen. No matter which legend travelers choose to believe, one thing remains true. Chefchaouen is an enchanting city that people from around the world visit every year to marvel at its blue-hued beauty. 

Chefchaouen is unique because of its striking blue walls that run throughout the city. It’s a quiet place. The perfect getaway for travelers seeking solitude surrounded by beauty, Morocco’s blue city is a dreamlike destination. Here’s what you need to know about the true story of Chefchaouen, the blue city in the heart of Morocco.

Morocco’s Blue Pearl

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The city of Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 and was originally used as a defense city to protect against Portuguese invaders. It sat in what is now northern Morocco as a shining blue spot amongst the green High Atlas Mountains. Decades later, Muslims and Jewish refugees fleeing Christian conversion in Spain, arrived in Chefchaouen. 

Many people believe that the Jewish community was the first to paint the walls of Chefchaouen blue. They said the color reminded them of the sky and God. However, others say the city was painted blue much later when Jewish people sought out safety in Chefchaouen during the Holocaust. A lesser-known story says the blue hue of the city was the result of mosquito repellant that stained the walls and buildings permanently. 

Whatever story you choose to believe about Chefchaouen, the beautiful aura and colorful energy of the city is unlike any place on earth. Many travelers say Chefchaouen isn’t the destination for those looking for endless excursions and attractions. Instead, this unique place is designed for those looking to go off the beaten path where the city is the main attraction.

The Place For Wanderers

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Chefchaouen may not be the best vacation destination for travelers looking for an amass of tourist attractions. The city isn’t overflowing with amusement parks, trendy areas, or landmarks. However, travelers can get lost wandering through the blue-walled Moroccan city. It’s perfect for travelers who just want to explore and capture photos of the city’s essence. 

Morocco’s Blue Pearl City is a great place to stop through while visiting the country. The shades of blue change as you explore the streets. Mosaic designs hug the walls of homes and shops and a welcoming light illuminates the small town. There are restaurants to experience Moroccan cuisine and markets to check out local life. Chefchaouen is accessible from many Moroccan cities including Fes, Tangier, and Rabat.