25+ Inspiring Photos of Chefchaouen Morocco
What’s your favorite color? Mine is blue.
If yours is the same then there’s one place on Earth you really shouldn’t miss seeing: Chefchaouen Morocco.
You’ve probably seen tons of pictures of it already – especially the iconic blue steps with the flower pots – but if not here are 25+ photos that will make you wanna book a trip to Chefchaouen in Morocco immediately! (Taken all by myself)
BUT BEFORE …
It’s time to give you some history lessons about the tourist magnet that attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year.
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History of The Blue Pearl
Before I went to Chefchaouen I expected a small and cute mountain village. As soon as I did some research tho I found out that more than 40,000 people live in the city located between Tangier and Tétouan.
However, that wasn’t always the case since Chefchaouen was initially founded as a small kasbah – which is a special kind of fortress. Its roots date back to the year 1471 when it was mainly used as a place to fight the invasions of the Portuguese in the northern part of Morocco.
Years later after the city was defended successfully, people started to settle around the former fortress. An area of homes and other buildings formed. Especially during the Middle Ages, Spanish moors, local tribes, and Jews inhabited the place which grew bigger from year-to-year.
In 1920 when the Spanish conquered the blue pearl, it became a part of Spain’s territory in Morocco. Decades later – during the Second World War – many Jews fled from Europe to find a safer place to live. The majority of them left the city pretty soon again to find a home in the Middle East.
Morocco got its city back when the country gained independence in 1956.
Why is Chefchaouen in Morocco Colored Blue?
Rumors say the city got its iconic color because of the Jewish culture. They strongly associate the color blue with the sky, which reminds people of heaven and God. Thus it’s very common to paint various things blue or use a blue dye to color fabrics.
However, that’s not the only possible reason. There are several beliefs and histories including the fact that apparently, the color blue helps to keep mosquitos away. Some people think the main purpose was to stay cool or to represent the color of the water, whereas others simply claim it was a marketing strategy to attract tourists.
Whatever initial idea people had to color the city blue, I love them and wanna thank them for creating such a picturesque place!
Of course, it’s not only a photogenic city but you’ll find numerous great things to do in Chefchaouen. The combination of that all makes the city a place you can’t find anywhere else in the world!
Now let’s move on to the part of the blog post you all are looking forward to:
25 Photos That Will Inspire Your Trip to Chefchaouen Morocco
I took the following photos all by myself and trust me, I have even more. It was quite difficult for me to pick the best ones but I hope I can give you a small glimpse of the city and its beauty! If you then decide to put it on your bucket list, I highly recommend staying at least one or two days in Chefchaouen.
TIP: Before you go to Chefchaouen, don’t forget your travel insurance to cover non-refundable travel expenses. I use the simple and flexible one from World Nomads to be protected against unforeseen events.
As you can see, Chefchaouen is even super pretty at night! If you wanna know the best place to watch the sunset check out my detailed 9-day road trip itinerary for Morocco. The sunset spot is mentioned in there + you can get more detailed information about the blue pearl.
Hopefully, you enjoyed seeing all these photos and I could inspire you to consider a trip to Chefchaouen Morocco. I guarantee you, it’s even more beautiful in real! 🙂
Moreover, let me know which photo you liked the most and I would love to see some of yours if you’ve been there already.
Where to Stay in Chefchaouen Morocco
If you’re in Chefchaouen you should try booking one of the very typical accommodations – called “Dar”. I chose the really lovely and perfectly located Dar Meziana that I can highly recommend!
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Flights: I prefer using CheapOair or Skyscanner to book flights. The destination everywhere feature is perfect for finding some cheap deals!
Accommodation: Booking.com is my favorite site to find some great hotel deals. I do love staying at a local place as well, thus I book an Airbnb every now and then.
Travel Insurance: There are many reasons why travel insurance is important and I never travel without having one. I use the simple and flexible one from World Nomads to be protected against unforeseen events.
Tours: I love taking tours to explore destinations like a local. My favorite website to book them in advance is GetYourGuide.
Camera Gear: I use a Nikon D5300 camera with an 18-105 mm and a 10-20 mm wide-angle lens to take my photos.
Gorgeous photos! I really want to go to Morocco and the potential for gorgeous blue photography is one of my reasons why!
Thanks a lot Hannah! Chefchaouen was my favourite city in Morocco ?
Wow! I really wish I didn’t miss out on Chefchaouen. Your photos are so beautiful and definitely give me a reason to go back to Morocco in the future. 🙂
Thank you Taylor! I highly recommend this city because it was my favourite one and it’s so beautiful ?
Amazing photos and post!! Chefchaouen is definitely on my travel bucket list!?❤
Thanks a lot Lorena ?
So funny how there isn’t an actual answer as to why the city is blue! I’ve always wondered about this actually. I’d like to believe it’s to keep mosquitoes away haha! Beautiful pictures, Lina!! <3
Haha yeah it’s pretty funny they don’t really know that! People told us it was mainly because people associated it with the sky ☺️ Thanks Josefine ?
Chefchaouen is such a charming town and your photos are gorgeous! Especially the view from the sunset point is stunning
Thanks Maria! It was such a dreamy sunset ?
I absolutely love this blue theme! I can’t believe the whole town is blue. The shot from far away where you get the whole town is incredible. The shops are so cute too. It blue me away! 😉
Hehe thanks a lot! Chefchaouen is my absolute dream city ?
Aw, thanks for sharing our post about Chefchaouen, Lina! You rock. We love your style!
Not at all guys! I love your Chefchaouen post 🙂