Chefchaouen translates to “blue pearl,” and it’s indeed a rare, stunning gem. The hues of the buildings include powder blue, cyan, robin’s-egg, indigo, cobalt, azure, periwinkle and not only are the walls painted, but also many of the actual streets - making it feel truly alive. The buildings themselves defy gravity with their Lego-like stacked structures on cliffs and hillsides. Some believe it was the Jews who painted it in their religion’s divine color (which represents the color of the sea and sky) after escaping Europe, while others chalk it up to blue acting as a mosquito repellent. Either explanation works for me.