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March 17, 2016

Off-the-beaten-track Morocco: Beautiful Chefchaouen

ChefchaouenChefchaouen is a traditional town nestled in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco.

ChefchaouenEstablished in 1471, it became a refuge for Jews and Muslims fleeing the Spanish Inquisition in Europe.

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Today, Chefchaouen—or Chaouen, as the locals call it—is best-known for its beautiful and unmistakable medina, an accretion of alleys, stairs, houses and doors painted in vibrant tints and shades of blue.

Chefchaouen toursThough the exact origin and purpose of the blue paint is unclear, some believe that it originated with the Jewish population and the mystical associations blue has in Jewish traditions.

Morocco toursOthers note the possibility that the color keeps away insects.

Chefchaouen toursOne of the best ways to experience Chefchaouen is with a guided walk through the winding streets.

Chefchaouen toursWe also recommend enjoying a glass of mint tea at a cafe in Uta el-Hammam, the main square, and walking around the restored kasbah.

Chefchaouen toursArtisans of Leisure can also arrange day hikes in the hills around Chefchaouen for travelers interested in soft-adventure activities.

Morocco toursA visit to Chefchaouen is a highlight of our private Morocco in Depth tour, but visits to the town can also be incorporated into our other Morocco tours upon request.

Chefchaouen toursContact Artisans of Leisure to start planning a private, customized tour of Morocco.

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Destinations:  Africa, Morocco

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