The blue city Chefchaouen

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We talked about the rose red city before and now we are going to talk about the city which is known as the blue pearl due to its beautiful blue architecture that mesmerizes the eyes. The charming blue city Chefchaouen or Chaouen in the locals’ tongue, is a city that seems to have come from a fantasy story with the blue colors flowing like water on its building and walls. Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 as a small fortress to repel the Portuguese invasion on northern Morocco, and now exists as a beautiful and mesmerizing tourist destination in Morocco. The reason why the city is colored in blue, as rumor goes, is to keep mosquitoes away since they hate water which is what the buildings look like. Here are some facts about this beautiful city:

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  • Chefchaouen, also known as ‘Chaouen’, or ‘Xauen’ in Spanish, is a city located in the north of Morocco, North Africa, in the Rif Mountains.
  • The name ‘Chefchaouen’, meaning ‘watch the horns’ comes from the term ‘chaoua’ meaning ‘goat’s horns’ in one of the tribal languages, in reference to the appearance of the mountains situated over the town, while the term ‘chef’ is translated as ‘looks at’.
  • Chefchaouen is a popular tourist site, with around 200 hotels actively used to cater for visitors that come to experience the natural beauty, and history of the blue city.
  • Chefchaouen is famous for its many buildings and objects that have either been totally or partially painted the color blue.chefchaouen, morocco, blue city
  • The most notable craft made in Chefchaouen is leather crafts. There are many privately owned leather-making shops in Chefchaouen. With the products ranging from wallets and purses to satchels, shoes and many more, are often found for sale in larger Moroccan cities.
  • Other products made in this city include goat cheese, wools, garments, cloth, spices and oils.
  • The colors of this charming city are typically repainted every spring.


The mesmerizing city of Chaouen is a blue pearl in the middle of the mountains.

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