Little about the history!
Chefchaouen is located in Africa’s northernmost mountain range, the Rif Mountains. This beautiful town is called “blue pearl of Morocco” for its brilliantly blue buildings and alleys. it was founded in 1471 and was a Moorish fortress for exiled people from Spain. However, Jews and Christian joined over the period of time.
Why painted blue??
Well, jewish teachings believes that when prayer shawls are made of tekhlel dyed thread the God’s power becomes more potent. Thus, originally only the doors were painted blue but slowly it spread to the walls and alleys (I am definitely not complaining!)
What to do here?
Chefchaouen have numerous alleys and lanes scattered with beautiful sights and sound for any visitor to spend hours exploring and clicking pictures! There are many local eateries and shops that you must visit. if you are into trekking and hiking then there is plenty of gorges, peaks and valley with mountain streams that you can trek on. if you intend to trek then April to June is suitable time. Please remember that during winter it slightly snows in Chefchaouen and it may make hiking challenging.
What to eat?
Morocco is famous for its spices and aromatic herbs, therefore there is no doubt that the food here is heavenly! Bread has a crunchy outer layer as it is baked in wood-fired oven. Don’t forget to try ‘Tangine’. It is a typical Moroccan dish made with fish, vegetables, aromatic spices and served on a bed of flavourful couscous. it is also made with meat, if you want to try. Another favourite of mine is the cheese salad! They will serve your salads with a huge helping of goat cheese on the top!
What should you buy?
What should you buy? Buy everything! Brass cutleries, handwoven shawls, Moroccan slippers, handmade tagine clay pots, etc! You will be spoiled for choice! Don’t forget to bargain, it is expected 🙂
Friends, in this post I gave you a little glimpse of the mesmerising ‘blue pearl of Morocco’. All the other details regarding how to reach, where to stay, etc will be covered in subsequent posts. So, keep posted!