Morocco

Sophistication of Chefchaouen

Nestled in the northwest of Morocco is the charming “Blue City” that is Chefchaouen, also known as Chaouen or Xaouen.

A thorough research has been made before the trip and it says that the Moorish and Jewish refugees from Europe who came in the 1930’s painted the town with all the shades and hues of blue. One known purpose is to ward off insects. On a deeper sense, blue-washed walls symbolizing sky and heaven were meant to promote peace and tranquility, a reminder to lead a spiritual life.

How to reach Chefchaouen from Mohammed V International Airport – Casablanca?

There are certain timings for trains and buses so one must consider the flight arrival. Straight from Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, you can take the (hourly) train ride to Casa Voyageurs, the railway station at the centre of Casablanca. From there, another train ride to Souk El Arba and a bus ride to Chefchaouen are taken.

Related links for transportation schedule and routes:

http://www.oncf.ma/Pages/Accueil.aspx

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Mohammed-V-International-Airport/Chefchaouen

On a train ride to Souk El Arbaa en route to Chefchaouen
Arriving at around past two in the morning in Chefchaouen on a cold, quiet night, a local guy presented himself to guide through Dar Antonio (prepare a tip of at least MAD 10, but be generous enough to give MAD 20).

A traditional Moroccan house with the unique interiors and inner garden

Since we reached Chef on a dark, I was astonished to see the blue walls as soon as I opened the door. HEAVEN! The feels of being in a fantasy film. Just Wow!

Wow! Bluer than blue!

Strolling through the alleys, I took a photo of the still standing church built by the Spanish for the local folks. I used the photo to ask a cab driver to bring me and my friend near the hill and eventually had a pleasant morning hike from the medina giving us the best panoramic view of the town surrounded by mountains and plains.

The Spanish Mosque atop the hill, seen afar the alleyways.
No filter needed on the serene nature along the main path from the high up villages coming into Chefchaouen.

Seemingly a cast of Star Wars sequel: a local man cloaked in woollen, pointy-hooded djellaba.




Walking further, there were more of blue, alleyways all in blue, walls painted in blue. Different shades of blue, blue, and blue all around. The fact why the place is coined as The Blue City of Morocco. Truly a sight to behold.

With the warm smiles and laid-back atmosphere of Chaouen, the electric allure of this once upon a time refugee camp turned to be a photogenic mecca.

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