ELECTRIC BLUE TOWN
Nestled in Morocco’s Rif Mountains is a small town called Chefchaouen, the incredible ‘blue city’ that feels as though it’s straight out of a storybook.
The history behind Chefchaouen’s vivid blue color goes back to old Jewish teachings that suggest that dyeing thread with tekhelel (an ancient natural dye) and weaving it into prayer shawls, is a reminder of God’s power. Thus the belief spread, that the more you look at anything blue, the more often you think of heaven and God. Jewish refugees introduced the blue color to the town’s buildings, mirroring the clear Moroccan sky. The striking contrast of the blue gradient buildings and the arid landscape is a feast for the eyes.
When you’re done admiring the valleys, gorges, and peaks step into Chefchaouen’s medina, the town’s quaint emporium/market. Cluttered with trinkets, silver plates, jewelry, handwoven blankets, shawls, spices, and tagine clay pots, it would be a triumph to come out empty handed. Just make sure you have a knack for haggling!