The town was founded in 1471 by Moorish exiles from Spain, and the blue-glazed buildings are a tradition that came from the Jews who sought refuge in this mountainous retreat during the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times.
We drive to the center of the medina, then porters help us carry our luggage through serpentine lanes, up the hill to our guest house, the Riad Lina. We ring the bell at a nondescript doorway, and enter into a lovely retreat that will be our home for 3 nights. There’s a tranquil indoor pool and three floors of rooms, each different, each decorated in indigo and white with colorful Moroccan rugs on bare white floors. The rooftop terraces feature several sitting areas where we are served our breakfasts, with views of the entire town spread out below us.
This is one of those times when pictures are worth more than words. Welcome to the Blue City of Wonder!