The Blue And White City- An Exploration Of Morocco’s Rif Mountains


Slightly out of breath from the long trek up the mountainside you look up ahead and see that it is not too much further. You pass a goat herder who, despite his age, does not seem to be feeling the effects of the climb as much as you are, he nods and smiles kindly as you pass by. Determined to make it all the way you put your head down and trudge those last few yards, turning around you suddenly forget your aching muscles and try to take in the scene.


The view from the mountainside is breathtaking. The whitewashed houses of Chefchaouen sparkle in the sunlight dotted with vivid blues, reds, and oranges from carpets and clothes hanging out to dry. All around the village goats and their herders wander aimlessly under the herder dogs’ watchful eye. Sipping on the famed Rif Mountain water you sit back contentedly and watch as this beautiful day passes.


Chefchaouen is a picturesque village built into the Rif Mountains in Morocco. With its characteristic whitewashed buildings and brightly painted blue doors this little village is a must-see for travelers. While certainly a popular spot for visitors many find that Chefchaouen has been able to maintain its traditional Moroccan identity and the cafes and restaurants serve authentic food and drink from the region. The spot is also popular with backpackers and many younger travelers because of the relatively inexpensive hotels and hostels available.


A recent traveler to Chefchaouen was told by a local that when a road or a flight of stairs are painted blue, rather than the traditional white, it means that they lead to a dead-end. Locals found that because the village is built up into the side of a mountain it is very hard to see where you are going so they solved this problem by painting the road or stairs a brilliant bright blue! A very creative and certainly very beautiful alternative to street signs!







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7 responses to “The Blue And White City- An Exploration Of Morocco’s Rif Mountains

  1. Surreal! Totally makes me want to hop on a plane and visit Chefchaouen

  2. Sallee

    What an amazing place! I love that the colours are so vibrant, it makes you smile just looking at it in pictures so I can only imagine if you could see it in real life ….

  3. Kristen

    What a breathtakenly beautiful place God has placed on this earth! Thanks for the great description. I want to go and visit…

  4. Rick

    I’ve done quite abit of traveling in Europe but never Morocco. It sounds beautiful, I’ll have to put it on my must see places list.
    Interesting stuff.

  5. Linda

    What a fascinating place………..really bought to life by the wonderful description. Will have to add this to our “to be visited” list.

  6. moroccotravelblog

    Thanks for all your positive comments you guys! If you would like to learn more about Chefchaouen please see the following link:


  7. simon

    Looks so good. I have a property in Portugal and will be spending some winters in Morocco, this site has just made it very easy for me to get it done.

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