Explore: Chefchaouen, Morocco


This week’s destination is the lovely, picturesque town of Chefchaouen. Hop on!

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The Kingdom of Morocco has long been a favorite destination among tourists, with most of its major draws found in the more popular cities like Marrakech, Tangier, and Casablanca. But tucked in the northeastern part of this country is the town of Chefchaouen, or Chaouen as it is also known as. Located on the Rif Mountains near the Mediterranean Sea, the town is famous for its blue-washed buildings. The Lonely Planet explains that this old practice began more for religious than aesthetic reasons, following Jewish beliefs suggesting that by dyeing thread with the ancient blue dye tekhelel for prayer shawls, “people would be reminded of God’s power.”

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Today, it’s exactly this unique architecture, coupled with a laidback atmosphere, that draws tourists to Chefchaouen. Aside from these, the town also boasts of a unique shopping experience at its colorful medina, gastronomic treats, and adventurous treks to valleys, gorges, forests, the sea, and other nearby villages.

All information in this article were sourced from Lonely Planet, Amusing Planet, and Wikipedia.

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