In the north of Morocco lies one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the incredible blue pearl of Morocco, the city of Chauen. Also known as Xauen or Chefchauen, the capital of the province of the same name is a city with just over 35 thousand habitants and is famous worldwide for the blue that breathes in the sky and earth.
Although it has grown a lot in recent years, the historic center and heart of this city that lies at the foot of a mountain vibrates for the blue that fills the houses, light poles, pavement… Founded in 1471 by Jewish exiles and some Moors, it took 20 years to obtain its characteristic color that more than half a millennium later still displays with pride.
Perhaps the founders never thought that something as simple as painting their city blue would make it famous worldwide and that is why today it lives a rise in tourism, as thousands of people visit every year to walk its beautiful streets and take some of the best photographs of their lives.
Some say it’s because blue scares away mosquitoes, which is understandable in Africa. Others say that the Jews who fled Hitler in the 1930s were responsible, but the most accepted theory is that blue symbolizes heaven and it reminds God having a reflection of heaven on earth. The effect, while not like that of the Salar de Uyuni that reflects the sky in its entirety, is also poetic.
Although many associate blue with nostalgia, Chauen’s color is intrinsically cheerful, full of hope and spirituality. Although blue is what most attracts the attention of this Moroccan community, it also has many places of interest and its gastronomy is one of the best in the whole country, so although it is a little far from the other cities of Morocco, it is worth visiting the blue pearl of that country.
The color blue is predominant in all the town you can find it in walls, doors and stairs. Its neighborhoods are quite silent, between cats and vendors is a quiet village, charming to photograph.