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


Medina, with pots

Medina, alley

Blue Medina, stairs


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

    • Adam

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

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  5. Christine

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

    • Adam

      Thanks Christine!

  6. flexeble

    Nice photos and an interesting albeit short story. Thanks!

  7. Ted Beatie

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. Candice Walsh

    Wow Adam, this is freaking stunning.

  11. Adam

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

  12. Adam

    Thanks Candice!

  13. Adam

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

  14. 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. :)

  15. Daniel

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

  16. Adam

    Aww thanks Lynette!

    Absolutely a stunning place. Love the Mediterannean!

  17. Adam

    Yup, Matt! A photographer's dream.

  18. Adam

    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. Adam

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

  20. 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. :)

  21. Adam

    Cool in every way! Cheers Kate

  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


  25. adventurouskate

    LOVE those pictures! What a cool place.

  26. ShannonOD

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

  27. Adam

    Aw thanks Sasha!

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

  28. Adam

    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.

  29. Adam

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

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

  31. Sasha

    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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