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Ifrane is a city in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco.


Ifrane is one of the most beautiful places in Morocco, residing in the Atlas mountain with a population of roughly 13,000 people. The current Moroccan king and his projects -- like the university and huge new hotel -- have had a large impact on the town. However, it cannot be considered a large town. The majority of the population are farmers, shepherds, etc. and therefore live outside of the town borders.

The main language in Ifrane is Berber, but you can also hear a great deal of Arabic and French. It is home to Al-Akhawayn University, an American-style university with courses taught in English, French, and Arabic. Nearly all university students are able to converse fluently in English, but most of the native residents cannot. That being said, the people tend to be very friendly.

The climate is mostly cold with a beautiful and mild summer. There is also a great deal of rain in the first few months of the year.

Overall, there is very little reason to specifically visit Ifrane if your time in Morocco is limited. Unless you study here or a member of the king's entourage when he visits, there's not a huge amount of things to see here -- a carved lion, some parks, funky roofs, lots of storks, outdoorsy things, and a Sunday souq pretty much summarize the town's attractions.

Get in[edit]

Most of the buses comes from Fez and Meknes, which are the two major neighboring cities, or pass through on their route from Marrakesh to Fez.

By grand taxi[edit]

The easiest way to get into Ifrane is by grand taxi from Fez or Meknes. Both cities are an hour away. Grand taxis in Fez leave near the Fez CTM station.

  • grand taxis. Grand taxis arrive in Ifrane at the grand taxi station, which is temporarily located about 300m south-west of the marché.  edit

A ride to either town costs Dh 25, but can be more expensive (Dh 30) on weekends, when half of Fez and Meknes come there. If you find yourself to take a whole taxi yourself, multiply the price by six places (i.e. Dh 150). At some times (very late/early, during strikes), you may have to pay a good bit more. Grand taxis to Ifrane also leave from the Fez airport, and are more expensive than those leaving from the Fez grand taxi station (Dh 300.)

By bus[edit]

CTM.  edit has an office at the east end of the market and buses are likely to stop / depart from there. CTM buses are known for being cleaner and slightly faster, but the sometimes-sketchy buses from other companies are equally as safe. They most likely depart from the new Gare Routière.  edit which is south-west of the market, right next to the grand taxi station. These buses can be a lot dirtier and a little cheaper. Some might have more stops (thus a longer trip), but they also leave more frequently and therefore easier to catch.

By train[edit]

There is no train station in Ifrane.

Get around[edit]

Most places are within walking distance, but petit taxis are also readily available. The minimum fare is Dh 5 for small distances (e.g. marché → centre ville), longer distances will be Dh 10. Grand taxi drivers are a little more unscrupulous, so try to be aware of how much you should be paying for any given trip.

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Map of Ifrane

Places to visit:

  • Al Akhawayn University. Normally the campus is closed to non-students, but there are occasional events that allow visitors to see the campus. You can also request special permission from the faculty.  edit
  • Centre-ville.  editThe newer part of the city. Here, you can find the center for tourism, the iconic Lion.  edit statue that many tourists like to take pictures next to, the lake and park, and a number of restaurants, cafes, and convenience stores.
  • Marché. The marché or souq, open every day, is where the locals buy their supplies. Anything from books and electronics to meat and fruit can be bought here. There are also many restaurants of varying quality and price.  edit
  • Source Vitel. A series of waterfalls, some of which are found inside the forests of Ifrane, others which you should take a taxi to. None are particularly impressive, but all are pretty.  edit
  • <see name="Ras El-Ma">A valley in the eastern cedar forest about 5 km away from Ifrane. It is about 1 1/2 hours away (by walking) and easy to find. In the valley you can see many monkeys, springs, waterfalls and you can eat tajine (ca. 30 Dh) and drink tea (10 Dh), it is quite cheap. There is also a (not official) camping place, where it is safe to stay. Be just aware of the monkeys and wild boars in the dawn. People are very friendly.

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There are three centers of nightlife in Ifrane: Tilleuls, the Grand Hotel, and Aguelmam.

  • Les Tilleuls and the Grand Hotel both contain dance clubs, and offer expensively priced alcohol. The clubs are most popular on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, and play only House/Techno music. Teal is currently the better-attended of the two, due to its recent renovation and their promotion of special deals.

Be aware that the clubs or hotels may bring prostitutes to the clubs.

  • Aglemem is a bar/restaurant that occasionally holds live music events.

However, Ifrane's main attraction is its natural beauty. It is highly encouraged to hike in the area. You can easily rent a horse and guide for a few hours. It is also only a short distance from Ifrane to a place where you can find and feed wild monkeys.

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Centre ville[edit]

  • L'Apelle. More high class than most restaurants in Ifrane. The only place that serves pastilla in the vicinity. a bit expensive.  edit
  • Aglemem. Most of the food is only mediocre. Very good chicken tagine. Has alcohol, and sometimes live music. A favorite of the university students. Where international students go to briefly forget they're in Morocco. a bit expensive.  edit
  • La Rosa. Normally has mediocre to bad food. middling prices.  edit
  • La Paix. mains around 80dh.  edit
  • Forest. A new shiny restaurant. midrange.  edit
  • Various cafes. All of the cafes are priced roughly the same, and have roughly the same quality of food. Normally a safe bet, though you can expect only the standard fare: pizza, tagine, harira, brochettes, etc.


  • Restaurant Al-Akhawayn. Good food. More varied menu than many others. decent prices.  edit
  • Restaurant Chez Amal. Used to serve excellent Kafta-Tajine, but has lost a bit of its atmosphere since the renovation. mains 40dh.  edit.
  • Chez Said. The sandwiches were famous, but since it moved to a new location, they are not as good anymore 20dh.  edit
  • Chicken Restaurant. Serves good chicken mains 25-40dh.  edit.
  • There are many more restaurants clustered at the marché.

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See [#Do].

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There is no budget accommodation in Ifrane. The best is probably to stay in Azrou (15 minutes by grand taxi, ~6 Dh).

Apartments can be rented from Dh 200-1000 per day (Summer 2017, depending on season), although finding one with clean sheets seems to be impossible.

Several midrange/splurge hotels are found in the city center:

The camping place of Ifrane is closed. But there is a camping place at Ras El-Ma, about 5 km away from Ifrane.


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