Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
Chefchaouen is located in the Rif Mountains.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
Situated inland from Tangier and Tetouan.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
The city was founded in 1471 by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
This was where Muslims fought to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
Moriscos and Jews settled here after the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
In 1920, the Spanish seized Chefchaouen to form part of Spanish Morocco.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
After the independence of Morocco in 1956, Chefchaouen became officially Moroccan.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
Chefchaouen - the name comes from the shape of the mountain tops above the town, that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
"Chefchaouen derives from the Berber word for horns, Ichawen.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
Because of an influx of tourists, there are 200 hotels in this small town.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
Wool garmets and clothing is specialized only in Chefchaouen, you can't find it anywhere else in Morocco.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
Chefchaouen is also known as a shopping destination.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
Like most of Morocco, you'll find many cats wandering in alleys.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
The blue is said to symbolize the sky and heaven.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
There are several theories as to why the walls were painted blue.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
Why the city is blue reason #1 - Blue keeps mosquitos away.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
Why the city is blue reason #2 - Jews introduced the blue when they took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
The blue also serves as a reminder to lead a spiritual life.

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Chefchaouen Lookbook: The Magic Behind Morocco’s Blue City
Ask for Ali - the mascot of Chefchaouen, and the best local guide.

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BY WENDY HUNG

Feeling blue has never looked this pretty. A trip to Morocco wouldn’t be complete without a poetic pause at it’s bluest city: Chefchaouen.

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Try saying it three times fast: chef-cha-ou-en. It ain’t no riddle, but it sure feels like walking through a sappy romance novel irking your spirit to melt all over its aqua surface. The magic of Chefchaouen is world-renowned, but one can’t fully comprehend until you’re actually there, beneath the clear Moroccan sky. A wanderlust drifting through its azure alleys connecting the end to the beginning so you’re never quite lost. Lust, however, is where you’ll sustain throughout this quaint but highly touristic, little mountainous gem.

Stay at Dar Echchaouen, it’s charming and quite luxurious for the middle of nowhere. Book the family suite if you’re with people, the shared suite comes with a fantastic view of the sapphire city. The candle lit tagine dinner sets you on a dreamy night in the impossibly enchanting getaway of a lifetime.

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