_A little bit of blue sky and blue sea above, another piece of blue, nestled in the lap of a towering mountain, is a picture-perfect town, Chefchaouen. This spectacular place is a symbol of the personality, taste and integrity of the inhabitants of North West Morocco.
Known as the Blue Pearl of Morocco, Chefchaouen is located at an altitude of 600 meters or 2,000 feet at the edge of the Rif Mountains, which merge with the sea. Among the charming natural beauty is another enchanting blue little world, whose beauty enchants tourists from different parts of the world.
Mullah Ali bin Shamsher founded the city of Chefchaouen in 1471 after a Portuguese invasion led by King Afanaso V. It is the most beautiful city in Morocco according to most visitors.
In 1492, the Ghomeras, Moriscos, indigenous people of northern Morocco, began to settle here. They were joined by some Jews who had escaped from Spain and Portugal, and since the place was safe, they also built several houses. After the Portuguese threat subsided, the number of settlements surrounding the old fort grew as it became habitable.
The most popular reason behind Chefchaouen's turning blue is the post-World War II influx of Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in the city. At that time, as part of religious rituals, they used to paint the walls, floors and steps of the stairs blue.
Where the blue color reminds them of the sky.
Another story is that the widespread use of blue color is a strategy to prevent mosquitoes and malaria. Besides, the blue color also helps to keep the environment of the house cool on hot days. When you visit this city, you will hear many stories about it, which have no end.
At least once or twice every year, the whole city is painted blue, so that the color does not fade. The city is literally a dreamland for photographers. Fascinated visitors enjoy this strange azure beauty while walking along its streets.
Chefchaouen Medina, the city's historic landmark, is another quaint place. The exceptional mosaic patterns are also spectacular, where even during the day you'll be mesmerized by the different shades of blue.
Abounding in antique shops, hand-woven towels and brass tea cups are also in high demand in the city.
As the city rises to the top of the Lagoa Reef Mountains, one can see the extraordinary color variations of the Mediterranean Sea. Also, a couple of hours' drive from Chefchaouen will take you to a forested area of nearly 300,000 acres.
Also, a couple of hours' drive from Chefchaouen will take you to a forested area of nearly 300,000 acres. It is one of the most biodiverse places in Morocco. The forest is known as Talassematne National Park, its gorges, towering mountains, cedar-pine forests and beech trees, various species of monkeys and a wide variety of birds constantly fascinate the visitors.