Chefchaouen Medina

Though I’d heard the word a lot while planning my trip, I didn’t understand what a medina was until I stepped into one. It’s an old city. Walled off, you often enter through a clay gate. The walls are beige or brown or clay-colored. But not in Chefchaouen.

The walls, the steps, the roofs of many of the buildings in the Chefchaouen medina are painted a light shade of blue. It’s very soothing and it keeps the temperature cool.

Chefchaouen, in a word, is relaxing. Whether because it’s a small town in the Rif mountains, or because of the blue medina, I can’t say.

Chefchaouen medina, blue

Chefchaouen medina, blue

Blue

Medina, with pots

Medina, alley

Blue Medina, stairs

Angles

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  1. I could spend an entire day photographing this place… Very nice.

    • Adam

      Patrick,
      It’s truly a wonderful city to spend some time in. One of the best places to get lost!

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  5. I didn’t know Medina had Moorish significance until I traveled to Morocco myself…and it’s my last name! Great pics, great post..like always! :)

    • Thanks Christine!

  6. flexeble

    Nice photos and an interesting albeit short story. Thanks!

  7. Looks like it would be a blast to shoot. I'll have to put it on my hit list when I arrive in Morocco later this year. Nice pics Adam.

  8. We missed Chefchaouen when we were there a few years ago, but it's on our list for this year!

  9. Gorgeous blues! I love how some of these images take us there…

  10. Thanks Erica…. It is beyond a doubt a beautiful town.

  11. Thanks Candice!

  12. No problem, Daniel. Mediterranean light is probably the best in the world! No wonder Chefchaouen is known as an center of art.

  13. These are amazing pictures, but I agree with the blue driving me crazy after a while. This really is lovely though. Thank you for sharing. :)

  14. Candice Walsh

    Wow Adam, this is freaking stunning.

  15. Exquisite shots! Love the interplay of light and all of those shades of blue! Excellent — thanks for sharing!

  16. Aww thanks Lynette!

    Absolutely a stunning place. Love the Mediterannean!

  17. Yup, Matt! A photographer's dream.

  18. Thanks mate!

    It might get a little tiring looking at all the blue but it's just so calming I don't think it comes easily!

  19. Haha thanks Monica! I've been more careful lately… And finally wearing
    my contacts again!

  20. Cool in every way! Cheers Kate

  21. monica530

    Incredible photos Adam! I can't wait to see this place with my own eyes one day. Hope you're staying healthy & safe in your travels. No more golf ball eyes please. :)

  22. That's a lot of blue! It looks really pretty but, even though blue is my favourite colour, I think it would drive me nuts to stare at so much blue all day!

    Great collection of photos.

  23. backpackingmatt

    Wow, beautiful pictures! What a place to wander and take photos.

  24. Lynette

    OMG I REALLY WANT TO BE THERE……….OOOOOOOOOOOOOH
    THANKS FOR SHARING I CAN SMELL THE AIR! xoxo

  25. adventurouskate

    LOVE those pictures! What a cool place.

  26. Aw thanks Sasha!

    Chefchaouen was a really nice place. It was a great little mountain town to spend a day or two.

  27. Thanks Shannon,
    This was one of my favorite medinas to get lost in—even though it was on the side of a hill and there was a lot of walking up & down.

  28. Yep, I'm a sucker for colors and this place just blew me away.

  29. Beautiful!! I love all the blue, makes for some interesting pictures.

  30. ShannonOD

    Wow – that city is GORGEOUS! What a beautiful town to spend some days walking around :-)

  31. Oh wow these pics totally blow me away!!! STUNNING!!! They really need to be framed and on a wall, one day I must see this for real!!! :)

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