Chefchaouen: The Blue Diamond of Morocco

Chefchaouen or Chaouen, as it is often called by Moroccans, is a city in northern Morocco. The city consists of the new and the old part, called Medina. The unique beauty of the Medina attracts thousands of tourists every year.DSC03347

The Medina of Chefchaouen has a rich history, verdant natural surroundings, wonderful mountains and astonishing architecture. The vivid blue-purple walls of the buildings along with the narrow tinny streets makes you believe you are in a magical place from the past. If you don’t believe check yourself.

Emma Flamabella

Why is Chefchaouen Blue?

The intensely blue walls is believed to be unique to Chefchaouen. The distinct blue- purple color appear to have been introduced to the town by Jewish refugees in 1930, who seemed to considered this blue color as a symbol of the sky and the heaven.DSC03176

Where does the city own its name?

Chefchaouen derives from the Berber word for horns “Ichawen”. The name of the city refers to the shape of the mountain tops above the town,  that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat.