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The Reality About Morocco’s Fabled Blue Metropolis


Daubed blue partitions. Pastel plant pots. Recent couscous. Chaufchaouen is a melting pot of Spanish, Jewish, and Berber influences, extra scintillating views than you may throw a tagine at, and over 357,668 Instagram hashtags.

It’s no shock then that the “blue pearl” of Morocco is slowly popping out of its shell, as vacationers world-wide make the North Moroccan pilgrimage, impressed by journey bloggers, mint tea and the Rif Mountains.

Nevertheless, as The Lonely Planet just lately identified, Chaufchaouen is changing into oversaturated (and never simply with Instagram filters). So if you wish to get the genuine expertise, you’ll must grow to be a part of the issue — and go to asap.

“Instagram has performed a task in placing ‘Chaouen’ (as it’s referred to as by locals) on the map for vacationers, which has helped the native financial system, but additionally put it on the cusp of overtourism,” The Lonely Planet wrote (considerably paradoxically) in an Instagram put up on Monday.

“Go earlier than it loses its appeal, however don’t simply go for the picture op!”

The one saving grace is that it’s onerous to get to: “6.5 hours by way of mountain roads from Casablanca and three.5 hours from Fes.” However as most everyone seems to be charmed with this hidden gem’s “picturesque blueness,” count on an increasing number of travellers to be making the pilgrimage.

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