Chefchaouen – Morocco

Nestled in the hills of the Rif Mountains of Morocco sits the alluring blue washed town of Chefchaouen. The layers upon layers of blue pigments on the whitewashed buildings of Chefchaouen’s medina create a depth of luminosity. Through the years the pigments have washed and run into the streets; it is like walking through a watercolor painting. To the Jewish refugees who settled here after fleeing the Spanish Inquisition in the late 15th century, blue represented the sky – therefore, heaven. Although the town’s Jewish inhabitants dwindled over time thankfully their blue tradition did not fade with them. While green is the sacred color for Muslims, blue is their color of protection.

Travel tips – Wear your good walking shoes; the narrow cobblestone streets of the medina twist and turn, steeply climbing up and down. For excellent views of the town and a beautiful spot to hear the call to prayer, hike to the hilltop abandoned Spanish Mosque. For accommodations, I would recommend the Casa Perleta Riad, they have charming rooms, a friendly staff, and a lovely rooftop terrace where you can gaze over the medina while enjoying your tea and breakfast. http://www.casaperleta.com/eng/inicio.html

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