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Chefchaouen: Morocco’s gorgeous blue city

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I should move here. Reasons to move: it’s really blue (the buildings, the paths, the stairs, most things), there are cats here, they have a regional goat’s cheese… OK, that’s only three reasons, but those reasons are really strong!

Chefchaouen is a town in northwest Morocco which is famous for its blueness. I’m not entirely sure why it is so blue, but I suspect it has something to do with tourism… Now, at least.

However, it’s thought that it was originally painted blue because it was established by Jewish and Moorish refugees in 1471; they were running from the Reconquista of Spain. In Judaism, the colour blue is said to represent divinity, so they painted their new homes all different shades of blue to remind them to live a spiritual life.

Another theory as to why the city is painted blue is because it keeps the mosquitos away! Apparently, they only like stagnant, still water; flowing water is not for them. All the different shades of blue in Chefchaouen are supposed to remind them of a flowing stream or river.

If you plan on visiting this interesting place, ensure you have travel insurance in place.