1. Chefchaouen medina, Morocco
Chefchaouen medina, a small town high above the Sahara in the Rif mountains of Morocco’s north, merits a dream world all its own. Every single inch of Chefchaouen presents a scene more charming than the next.
Medina (Arabic for “old quarter”), is a whole other world, full of tiny alleyways and cobblestone streets, each twisting and turning up the face of a small hill. Chefchaouen’s medina isn’t just famous for its tiny lanes—almost all of Morocco’s towns possess a maze of alleys. No, what sets this town apart is its colour — the buildings inside the medina’s gates are painted in various shades of blue.
The city of Chefchaouen (or simply Chaouen as the locals call it) took on its blue hue by the Jewish refugees in the late 15th century. The reason for this (besides the religious one) was to cool down the heat of the summer months and also as a mosquito repellent. Forced to flee, some of Spain’s Jewish refugees settled in Chefchaoen, painting the buildings to ward off evil and using a colour that features prominently in Judaism
This town is picturesque and funky. It’s the best place for shopping handmade, the sellers aren’t that annoying and you find unique and creative items in every corner of the Old City.
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2. JODHPUR, INDIA
In the middle of the barren Thar desert in India you will find Jodhpur. This historic city is full of forts, palaces and temples. When you walk the streets of Jodhpur the stark whiteness of the buildings is almost blinding in the sunlight. View the city from afar and these same buildings take on a bluish hue. No wonder it is known as the Blue City of India.
3. JUZCAR, SPAIN
With its radiant blue houses surrounded by picturesque hills, Juzcar – Andalusia’s pueblo blanco turned into Smurf Village – is definitely a sight that dazzles the eye and cheers everyone up. In brief, the story began in the summer of 2011, when Sony Pictures decided to paint one of Spain’s traditional white villages in bright blue as part of a marketing campaign for The Smurfs 3D film.