Must See Destination: Chefchaouen, Morocco

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I wasn’t sure I wanted to visit Morocco until I saw pictures of the beautiful “blue pearl” Chefchaouen. But once I saw the sea of blue and countless cats, I added Morocco – and Chefchaouen – to my must visit list. And it didn’t disappoint.

Around each corner you discover a tiny street more beautiful and blue than the last.

The houses are painted blue as part of a Jewish belief that it would remind residents of the importance of God and to bring them closer. You can find paint powder in many parts of the Medina.

Founded in 1471, Chefchaouen served as a Moorish fortress for exiles from Spain that welcomed Jews and Christian converts.

Today, you’ll still hear Spanish spoken in town with kids warmly greeting you with a “Hola!” and a big smile.

Each alley reveals something more beautiful than the next.

There were a few spots that weren’t blue, but were still quite lovely, including a school and the grand mosque.



We also stumbled upon the Mellah, which is the former Jewish area of town.

The Kasbah had a beautiful view of the town and a lovely garden. We also attended a concert in the Kasbah one night. While it didn’t start until after 11:30, families gathered together to sing and enjoy a night of fun.

We had a great view of the Kasbah and mosque at night from our restaurant Aladdin’s Lamp, which served very yummy couscous.

We also discovered this great little spot just outside the medina that had fresh spring water cascading over rocks. In the morning, women wash clothes here. In the afternoon, kids take a dip to cool off.

In addition to the blue paint, there was also some fun street art.

And of course… the famous cats of Chefchaouen. Moroccans love cats – more than dogs – and they are everywhere! I’ve had a great time taking photos of them as most of them are all too happy to pose. I’ve also started a new Instagram Chats Du Monde for those who would like to see cat photos from my travels. Here are just a few of the kitties of Chefchaouen.

Have you been to Chefchaouen? If so, what was your favorite part? Did you take any cat photos? If so, please share! If you haven’t visited yet, I highly recommend that you put this beautiful blue oasis on your wish list! Please feel free to ask any questions.

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