“Chefchaouen”, meaning, “watch the horns” or Chaouen, as its often called by Moroccans, is a popular tourist destination because of its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. The name refers to the shape of the mountaintops that look like the horns (chaoua) of a goat.
There are approximately two hundred hotels catering to the summer influx of European tourists. One distinction possessed by Chefchaouen is its blue-rinsed houses and buildings. Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination as well, as it offers many unique handicrafts that are not available anywhere else in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area and is also popular with tourists. The countryside around it has a reputation for being a prolific source of kief. The Chefchaouen region is one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco.
Chefchaouen’s blue walls are a popular subject of interest. There are several theories as to why the walls were painted blue. One popular theory is that the blue keeps mosquitos away; another is that Jews introduced the blue when they took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s. The blue is said to symbolize the sky and heaven, and serve as a reminder to lead a spiritual life.
The growing tourist industry is geared especially towards Spanish tourists, who are especially numerous during great Catholic holidays like Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Christmas. Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell visited Chefchaouen in 1967. They adored it, finding it “very ‘Golden Bough-ish’, as Orton mentions their trip in the Orton Diaries.
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