Chefchaouen, the Blue City of Morocco

//Chefchaouen, the Blue City of Morocco

Chefchaouen, the Blue City of Morocco

Morocco is a breathing storybook, attracting travelers with promises of a live-action 1,001 Arabian Nights. While only an hour ferry ride from Spain’s southern coast, and despite decades of Spanish and French colonial rule, Morocco feels magical in its culture. Modern cities like Casablanca and the capital of Rabat exude a cosmopolitan ambiance connected to the outside world, while the historical city centers Fes and Marrakech are rooted in the traditions of the past and the heritage of former kingdoms. Traditional marketplaces fill with traders, merchants, tea shops, and hidden alleyways representing conventional life.

The countryside embodies the rich history and culture of Morocco in the snowcapped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, lush oases away from the desert hills, and iconic sand dunes rolling across the Sahara Desert. The advent of social media, especially the growth of Instagram, has brought renewed interest to the northern village of Chefchaouen, which is known as the Blue City. The village perches beneath the peaks of the Rif region with bright blue-washed walls boasting.

Moroccan and Andalucian influences. The village has maintained a quiet reputation among backpackers and travelers searching for the unfamiliar and has since become a paradise cherished for its relaxed ambiance and photogenic setting of blue walls emerging from the mountainous terrain.

Best Time to Visit Morocco: The optimal seasons for you to explore the diverse scenery and engaging culture of Morocco is between April and May, as well as September to November.  The fluctuating landscape of Morocco makes the best time of visit wholly dependent upon your most sought-after activities. Marrakech and Fes are best visited between April and May due to the smaller crowds and comfortable weather. The coastal city of Essaouira has cozy temperatures and a relaxing ambiance in the summer because of the uninterrupted breeze. In the winter, the temperatures fall dramatically, especially in the Atlas Mountains, northern Morocco, and the Sahara Desert, while summers in the desert can sky-rocket to more than 115 degrees Fahrenheit.


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