18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Market in the Blue City

Street market scene in the town of Chefchaouen, Morocco, a couple hours outside Tangier. It is known as the Blue City for the simple reason that practically everything is painted blue! Compared to other Moroccan towns and cities, Chefchaouen is relatively young, having been founded in 1471 by Jews and Moors fleeing the Inquisition in Spain. The housing styles and the color blue are said to have been what the town's founders associated with their lives back in Spain, whence they believed they would eventually return. It was our good fortune to visit on market day, with Berber vendors (the women wearing straw hats with ribbon decorations) from the nearby Rif mountains crowding the town's narrow streets.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Chefchaouen, Morocco
Camera: NIKON D5500
Copyright: © ralph blessing