Chefchaouen Morocco - Found in 1471 as a small "kasbah" or a fortress in the Rif mountains of Morocco. Today it has become a popular tourist destination because of its proximity to Tangier & also its blue-rinsed houses and buildings which are a delight for instagram models.
Chefchaouen's blue walls are a popular subject of interest. There are several theories as to why the walls were painted blue. One popular theory is that the blue keeps mosquitos away, another is that Jews introduced the blue when they took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s. The blue is said to symbolize the sky and heaven, and serve as a reminder to lead a spiritual life. However, according to some locals, the walls were mandated to be painted blue simply to attract tourists at some point in the 1970s.
It is a very popular shopping destination and offers many handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco. Now the countryside around is has a reputation for being a prolific source of Kief /Cannabis....which would also be adding to the allure of this place. Beautiful blue buildings, a balmy summer breeze and a whiff of Kief. Idyllic summer paradise this. Enjoy these pictures below.
Oh and btw, there is also a Kef Toghobeit Cave system nearby - which is considered to be one of the deepest caves in Africa.
Here are some pictures.
Images courtesy - Dimitri Stanescu, Oumaima Ben-Chebtit, Elizabeth Gottwal, Zakariae Daoui