The Blue-Washed Legacy Of Chefchaouen, Morocco.


by Sandra Jordan

Chefchaouen is a beautiful city nestled beneath two mountain peaks known as Ech- Chaoua (the horns) in the heart of the Rif mountains in North Morocco.

The name "Chefchaouen" refers to the shapes of the mountain tops that tower over the town, that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat. "Chef Chaouen" literally means "look at the horns".

The medina is an exceptionally photogenic and rewarding place to explore with its intricate Andalucían influence, arches, arcades and porches, and narrow cobbled alleys that twist through rows of bright blue-washed houses. I only spent 3 days here but I could have stayed for so much longer.

The blue-washed legacy of Chefchaouen began in the 1930s with the town's Jewish residents who sought refuge there after the Spanish Reconquista. The Chaouenis still keep the blue-washed tradition alive. Blue pigment in various shades is sold around the medina, and residents repaint their homes every spring, mixing the pigment with whitewash and applying it with special brushes distributed by the local government.

2 Responses to “Sandra Jordan”

  1. Mumun

    Oh how I loved this city. And your pictures are spot on. Looking at them seems like I’m back there. Heart!

  2. Erin

    Your stunning photos have cemented my desire to go there. Thank you for sharing these with the world.

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