You have probably already seen plenty of photos of the Blue City of Morocco. That’s Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains of northwest Morocco. It’s a beautiful little city with a bustling medina, tons of great restaurants and a plethora of beautiful bed and breakfasts. And several friendly street and riad cats.

Now, this post isn’t going to be a travel guide. We spent only a handful of days there several years ago. However, I have recently re-edited the photos I took while there and wanted to share them. So here goes!

The Blue Washed Walls of Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is known for it’s blue buildings. Walking through the medina is such a delight. You’re surrounded by these gorgeous shades of blues and other rich colors. The population of Chefchaouen is smaller than many other popular tourist destinations in Morocco. This made the medina feel a bit less busy than others that we had visited. It also felt safer and a bit cleaner. As with most destinations the world over, you still have to be vigilant and a bit wary, but I wasn’t as worried about going out on my own to photograph the city.

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chefchaouen morocco
chefchaouen morocco

Street Cats

Cat lovers beware: The medinas of Morocco have tons of street cats. Some of them are friendly, some of them are not and unfortunately many of them appear to be a little worse for wear. The riad we stayed in while visiting Chefchaouen had two cats who came and went as they pleased. One of them even hung out in our room for a couple of nights.

street cat of morocco

To the Mountains

If you get tired of exploring the medina or just want to capture some views of the city you can take a walk further into the mountains. There’s a cafe up there where you can grab some delicious mint tea and some easy walking paths for exploring.

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chefchaouen morocco
chefchaouen morocco

Chefchaouen, The Blue City in the Mountains

I think, overall, Chefchaouen was probably our favorite city in Morocco. For me, at least, traveling through Morocco was stressful. The medinas in the larger cities were constantly packed and there were touts everywhere. Chefchaouen was a bit slower paced and bit less crowded which made for a more peaceful experience.

Some of these photos have made it to my Etsy Shop. Feel free to check it out!


Hey there! My name is Leah and I'm a photographer, blogger and wanderer from north Texas. I've been doing photography for nearly a decade now and absolutely love it. My day job is real estate photographer and in my free time you can often find me at a park taking pictures of leaves and flowers. Outside of that my fiance and I love to travel. We spent nine months backpacking through Europe and now spend our free time attempting to plan and going on shorter trips both in the States and abroad.

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