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Chefchaouen is Morocco’s magical blue city, a dreamy destination that dates back to 1471. Meander down its narrow alleyways and discover a kaleidoscope of vibrant blue shades as you soak up the quiet ambiance of this mountainous area. While Chefchaouen has become social media-famous, it’s beauty actually does live up to its hype and is like nowhere else in the world.
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You’ll have to step inside the walls of this small town, which translates to “blue pearl”, to really appreciate its beauty, as the dazzling blue color creates a fairytale-like landscape. The tradition of painting the buildings stems from the Jewish community back in the 15th century, as they believed that weaving dyed blue thread into prayer Shaws would remind people of God’s power.
It’s impossible to take a bad photo of this remote town in the northwest region of Morocco, as the charming arched architecture is only highlighted by its burst of color. Weave through the alleyways and admire the charm of the quaint medina, lined with antique shops selling anything from handmade blankets and leather goods to brass teapots.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, stop in one of the local restaurants for tagine, which is a slow-cooked North African stew that will warm your stomach and your heart. Wash it down with some sweet mint tea and you’ll sure to be a happy traveler.
If sightseeing is on your itinerary, make sure to make the short hike to the Spanish Mosque. Pack a picnic and enjoy stunning views of the town from here, which is especially spectacular at sunset. If you’re up for an outdoor adventure, head to Talassemtane National park for a day of hiking, where you reach “God’s Bridge” that sits around 80 feet above a river.
You can also chase waterfalls at Cascades d’Akchour or marvel at the deepest cave in Morocco at Kef Toghobeit. If all the adventure has you wiped out, visit one of the city’s popular hammams for a steam room session and traditional Moroccan scrub down.