A few days ago, I was in a blue paradise, a giant pool on top of a hill inside Morocco.
A passport story
9 years ago, I made my passport to go to Morocco, where I visited Marrakesh and Essaouira. I think the Morocco stamp of 2018 is going to be the last on this passport as I will renew it this summer, because of the countries where I might go later, and who are asking for a more than 6 months validity of your passport.
So in the beginning was Morocco and this epic final with Chefchaouen, the well-named blue pearl of Morocco.
Chefchaouen, a blue oasis in the mountains
I expected a tiny village, but the blue medina is only the higher part of the city, there is a big modern part that I didn’t visit after the doors of the old town.
We had a lot of rain, they say it’s quite unusual in Morocco, but visiting Chefchaouen was such an amazing journey anyway. This place is magic, certainly because of all this blue everywhere you eye can see.
A living Pantone chart
Because there isn’t just one blue in Chefchaouen, but many. From the softest one, to the bolder one, blue Klein, the streets, pavement, walls, doors and shops look like a real palette.
We had the chance somehow to be there while it was raining, as it might have discouraged many tourists. We almost had the place for ourselves, not hard to take pictures with no ne showing up on it, or watching the locals just living their lives, the local market, the fish seller by the fountain, kids playing football…
Yes to blue, but authenticity too!
I guess that during peak season, the city must look like a touristy place, but we saw Chefchaouen in a more intimate way, people just left us alone, not asking us to buy anything they would sell like it can happen in souks sometimes or elswhere in Morocco. We had delicious food for half the price it was in Tangier for example. Chicken tajines with olives and lemon, keftas, pastries, all delicious tastes of Morocco that I was waiting for!
Chefchaouen looks like a dream on Instagram and Pinterest, but it’s something even more amazing to see with your own eyes, blue lovers, just go!
Why blue by the way ?
According to a man who was waiting next to us under a porch that the rain ends, blue is a repulsive for mosquitoes and it also prevent the sun rays to dazzle too hard, as it would do on white walls. These are very practical reasons for such a magical place if you ask me, but it’s also another proof that real people live there!
Did you go to Chefchaouen? Is it part of your dream places list?