Chefchaouen Post

Part of Chefchaouen and the old city wall by the base of the Rif mountains

Chefchaouen is a stunning Moroccan city in the Rif Mountains which was originally built as a fortress in the 15th century. The mountains towering over Chefchaouen resemble a pair of goat’s horns (really have to use your imagination here), and the creamy native goats cheese is one of the most popular regional treats. Visitors may marvel at the Jewish-inspired blue-tinted buildings and Spanish ruins (I did).

Spanish mosque on the hill

The men wander the streets in long robes with pointed hoods known as djellabas. Djellabas are usually made from wool and definitely qualify as a legit mountain garment. Locals wear them in the rain, the wind, the sun — and are particularly useful against the cold nights. The women make handmade Moroccan rugs and carpets using wool, camel hair, cactus fibre, and natural dyes from the surrounding mountains.

Man in djebella

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Handmade rugs etc

Often called “The Blue Pearl of Morocco”, the ancient part of Chefchaouen,  (the medina), is covered in all shades of blue paint. You’ll find blue spreading across the streets, the walls, and even inside the homes on practically every street and alleyway. Bright-coloured pigments are used to create paints of all shades, and the blue colours that cover the medina come from one of these pigments.

Public well and 3 shades of blue

Location of Chefchaouen, roughly halfway between Tangier and Fez

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