Chefchaouen- The blue wonder of Morocco

Chefchaouen or Chaouen in Arabic is a Moroccan destination less known to the international public who focuses its attention on locations such as Marrakech, Casablanca or Tangier. It is located in the northwestern part of Morocco being the residence of the region with the same name. The city attracts tourists like a magnet through its houses painted in unreal blue shades. It is located in the desert nearby  Rif Mountains just inside the land bordered by Tangier and Tetouan.

Short History of Chefchaouen

The city dates back to 1471 when it was built by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami (a descendant of Ibn Machich and Idris I who, in turn, mated Prophet Muhammad). The city was built as a fortress in the defense logic of that time because the locals were confronted with the Portuguese invasion. Together with Ghomara tribes in the vicinity, the population known as Moriscos and the Jews settled here after the Spanish conquest of medieval times. In 1920, the Spaniards officially passed it to the Spanish Moroccan side.

Tourism in Chefchaouen (Chaouen)

Chefchaouen or Chaouen, as it is often called by Moroccan population, is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. The name comes from the shape of the mountain peaks that “watch” over the city, which looks like the two chaos of a goat. “Chef Chaouen” derives from the berber synonym for horns, Ichawen. There are about two hundred hotels hosting and offering super-services to numerous tourists who take the city in the summer season. Besides the other historical attractions, Chefchaouen attracts the houses of the color of an unreal blue.

 

An impressive picture gallery from the streets of Chefchaouen

 

A woman wearing a burka walks quietly on the blue streets of the city

 

A child (the future of Chefchaouen) climbing the stairs of the city
                                                                     An old man hurries his way to the mosque on the streets

 

The streets are very narrow … and they have the color of an unreal blue

 

Walking the streets in Chefchaouen 1

 

                                                                                                Walking the streets in Chefchaouen 2

 

                                                                                                A cat on the streets of Chefchaouen

 

                                                                                                      Walking the streets in Chefchaouen 3

 

                                                                                                     Walking the streets in Chefchaouen 4

 

                                                                   Beautiful steps painted in the unmistakable Moorish style

 

                                     Mens of Chefchaouen have the habit of talking about various issues in the morning

 

                                                                                          Chefchaouen Market, a variety of colours

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