My favorite photos from Chefchaouen, Morocco.
Chefchaouen, also known as the Blue Pearl of Morocco, is a photographer’s paradise. This small town in the Rif Mountains is plastered in so much blue paint that you can’t help but feel serene and happy while strolling through the narrow streets.
We asked a taxi driver why the city is so blue, and he just shrugged and said he didn’t know, so clearly the significance of the famous hue doesn’t have much of an effect on the locals. But I did read somewhere that the original locals of the city were predominantly Jewish, so they painted the streets blue to commemorate God’s Power. Whether that’s true or not, it’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing towns I’ve ever seen.
Chefchaouen is definitely a bit touristy, considering so many travelers visit here to take photos of the famous “Blue Street”, “Place El Haouta”, and “El Asri Street”, which I’ll show now in that order.
These spots are stunning, and we obviously fell victim to the town’s propaganda and busted out the cameras here. I think a lot of people come to Chefchaouen for the sole purpose of taking photos. People come on the CTM bus from Fes or from Tangier, spend a few hours snapping photos at the speed of light, then catch the bus back in the same day.
The town is so small that I see now why people do it so quickly, but staying for two days meant we had a bit more time to observe all the non-touristy alleyways and random markets located on the outskirts of the Old Medina.
We learned that buying bread and fruit from a little stall is way cheaper than eating a meal in a restaurant, though we did get a decent tagine for 25 dirhams each ($2.50). Quite a few people here speak Spanish, so that helped when English wasn’t possible. We learned that locals get annoyed by all the cameras in their face all the time, understandably. If a local is in your photo, ask for their permission before snapping a shot.
Most of the photo opportunities are in the Old Medina, and honestly every single street is captivating. Instead of trying to paint a picture of Chefchaouen’s beauty through words, I’ll just show my photos. Prepare for lots of scenic alleyways and door frames, as well as lots of cats. These last five days in Morocco, I think I’ve seen more cats than I have in my whole life.
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