As people who love color, we're always looking out for rooms that employ vibrant decor. But entire cities that embrace our love of saturated hues? Now you've got us excited.
Chefchaouen is a town in northwest Morocco that is best known for its bright cerulean architecture. Rows of buildings in the tourist hub are completely covered in blue paint. Here's the scoop on this otherworldly destination:
Often shortened to "Chaouen" by Moroccans, the city gets its name from the shape of the mountains above the town, which resemble goat horns (and almost match the blue city at twilight, apparently!). The translation of Chefchaouen is roughly "look at the horns."
So why is everything blue? During the 15th century Spanish Inquisition, Sephardic Jews took refuge in Chefchaouen. They painted their homes talcum blue, likely because it is the color of divinity in Judaism.
However, folklore also espouses that the blue hue might have been chosen to . Who knew?
Today, the one-time refugee camp has morphed into a bucket-list destination for many avid travelers. The small town retains a feeling of antiquity.
No cars are allowed on its narrow streets, where vendors sell their goods in open, traditional markets. The famed blue pigment is also offered in the markets — residents recolor their homes .
Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination, and visitors unique, handmade products like wool clothing and woven blankets. Reflective of its name, the town is also well-known for its local-made goat cheese.
Fancy a trip? The city boasts more than 200 hotels for summer tourists. It's historic charm and proximity to the Spanish border make it a fantastic destination for a colorful vacation.