Chefchaouen, the blue pearl:
Chefchaouen is one of the first amazing and beautiful cities in Morocco to travel to. It was founded by Moulay Ali Ben Rachid in 1471 firstly as a Kasbah to protect the invasion of the Portuguese. The city of Chefchaouen is located in the mountains of Rif between to big mountains shaped as the goat’s horns. Therefore, the name Chaouen is coming from the Berber word Iskaouen which means horns. There are many stories on why Chefchaouen is colored with the blue. There are some people who say that the Ghomara, the Jewish, and the Spanish colored it with the blue as the color of the sky. Others say it was colored with the blue o protect it from the mosquitos. Bear in mind, Chefchaouen wasn’t colored by the blue until 1492.
Chefchaouen has a lot of things to offer, several amazing places to discover:
The Kasbah museum:
This site is an art gallery now, where you will find many pictures of Chefchaouen. Also, it’s where you will find historical information about the city, mostly the invasion of the Portuguese, the settlement of the Jewish, and the Spanish.
Wetat Lhmam Square:
Moroccan cities are famous for squares. Here at Chefchaouen, there is a square called Wetat Lhmam which means the nest of a dove. It’s where you will find most of the restaurants and cafes. Also, as it’s a tourist place, many locals make entertainment to gain some money.
Ras El Ma:
The waterfalls of Ras El Ma are also a wonderful site to visit and take pictures at. The meaning of Ras El Ma is the head of the water. That’s because the waterfalls that are coming from the Akchour is passing by here through the Rif mountains.
The Spanish church or mosque as they call it is not a worthy place to visit. However, you have time and you feel like hiking, it’s surely a good area to head to, you can see Chefchaouen from the top of the mountains with a beautiful view.