Chaouen, the Blue Pearl of Morocco
Chaouen, also known as Chefchaouen, is a small charming city with about 40,000 inhabitants located in north-eastern Morocco, near the Mediterranean Sea and in the heart of the Rif Mountains. The town is very picturesque, with its narrow streets and whitewashed and indigo houses. This is why it is known as The Blue Pearl.
It was painted by Jewish refugees who lived here in the 1930s and its beauty is enhanced by the contrast of the brightly-coloured medina with the backdrop of the Rif Mountains. This beauty and the relaxed, peaceful atmosphere of the city make Chaouen a top tourist attraction.