Located on the mountains of rif, at the Morocco, the city of chefchaouen (or Chaouen), surprisingly, it has wonderful landscapes and an architecture that is very different from anything you have ever seen. Certainly, its streets and alleys painted in blue, draw the attention of tourists and make the city, without a doubt, one of the most visited in the whole country.
Founded in 1471 by the Berber people to stop the expansion of the Portuguese on the African continent, the city became a refuge for Jews, who began to shelter in the lands in 1930. Therefore, some say that the facades of the houses are blue to scare away mosquitoes. . But the real story is another.
That's because, the Jews began to paint the houses to preserve an old tradition. It turns out that blue dyes, derived from snails and shellfish, dyed the robes of Old Testament kings. Therefore, the color blue became a sacred reference for religious culture.
Today, the Jewish population of chefchaouen It's not as numerous as it used to be. But, even so, the modern city preserves the attributes of the old one: practically everyone in the city still follows this tradition and frequently repaints their houses. Undoubtedly, walking around the city makes tourists feel calmer. As a result, tourists have the impression that they are walking through the sky.
Things to do in Chefchaouen
- Walk through the Medina (Old Town)
- Uta el-Hammam square
- Kasbah Museum
- great mosque
- Bab el-Sor square
- The Ras el-Maa waterfall
- Spanish Mosque high in the Rife Mountains
- Waterfalls d'Akchour
- Marijuana trade and visit the plantations
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