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Chefchaouen's Many Shades of Blue

The Medina of Chefchaouen


The medina (old town) of Chefchaouen has a very relaxed atmosphere. The brilliant blue hues that cover the walls, streets make it quite unique.
Chefchaouen Morocco, streets are painted blue

A typical street in Chefchaouen's Medina

© Anouk Zijlma
Most of the streets and many walls in the medina of Chefchaouen (where you should be spending most of your time) are painted blue. It's a lovely sight, especially in contrast with the peaks of the Rif Mountains. It was the Jewish population that started the blue trend and transformed the look of the town in the 1930's. To this day it is not uncommon to see ladies with big brushes freshening up the blue paint outside their homes.

The narrow streets of the medina are filled with cozy restaurants and shops where locals mix with tourists in an easy manner. You can't get lost since the town is really not very big and most of the larger alleys will lead to the main square -- Plaza Uta el-Hammam.

The narrow roads inside the medina can get quite steep, so if you aren't very fit, or have difficulty walking, remember to take it easy.

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