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Would you appear a place where everting is blue? if yes, then this blue city is simply for you.
In northwest Morocco, it is situated the beautiful Rif Mountains Chefchaouen or “Chaouen” as locals call it. Blue city is a small city that is renowned for its beautiful streets made up of Moroccan blue paint. Chefchaouen is situated just inland from Tangier and Tetouan.
Why Is This City Blue?
There are a few answers of this question. One of them is that during the Spanish Inquisition thousands of Jews fled Europe so they were not forced into Christianity. They ended up settling in Chefchaouen and painted all the walls blue, the color of divinity in Judaism.
Another answer is that the blue color repels mosquitos, then there is the idea that the various shades of blue help to cool the city off during the summer.
Whatever it is, blue city is awesome, let’s see some incredible photos.
Tourists in Chefchaouen
The beauty of Chefchaouen’s mountainous surroundings are enhanced by the contrast of the brightly painted medina (old town). It is this beauty and the relaxed atmosphere of the town that makes Chefchaouen very attractive to visitors. The main square in the medina is lined with cafes and filled to the brim with locals and tourist mingling easily. Another reason why backpackers love Chefchaouen is the easy availability of drugs. Tourism in Chaouen is driven by its reputation as center of the marijuana plantations region in north Morocco. During the summer approximately 200 hotels cater to the influx of European tourists.
History of Blue City
The city was founded in 1471 by Moulay Ali ibn Rashid al-Alami. Al-Alami founded the city to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco. Along with the Ghomara tribes of the region, many Moriscos and Jews settled here after the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times. Spain returned the city after the independence of Morocco in 1956.
Source: Wikipedia, theworldpursuit.com