Ifrane Tourist Places to Visit in Ifrane, Morocco, Africa

Ifrane Tourist Places to Visit in Ifrane, Morocco, Africa

Ifrane is a popular winter tourist destination, situated in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco, between 33°32′ N latitude and 5°07′ W longitude. Administratively, Ifrane belongs to the Meknès-Tafilalet region, holding a population more than 40,000 (as of the 2013 census). Ifrane is located around 1665 metres above sea level, around 300 km east of Casablanca, the largest city of Morocco. Ifrane is one of the recognized tourist attractions of Morocco, drawing loads of overseas tourists during the winter months for different winter sport activities. Ifrane features a Mediterranean climate.


History of Ifrane:

Ifrane takes its name from the dialect of Berber language, Tamazight, in which Ifrane means ‘caves’. The history of Ifrane begins with its permanent settlement, formed by a sharif Sîdî ‘Abd al-Salâm in the 16th century. The modern Ifrane was founded during the French rule in the year 1929. The famous Al Akhawayn Univesity was established in Ifrane in 1995.


Connectivity to Ifrane:

Ifrane has an airport but flights are limited, only seasonal flights from Casablanca, Agadir and London, served by Royal Air Maroc Express and Thomson Airways. The airport is located around 7 km away from the centre of the city of Ifrane.

Ifrane is well linked by bus to Fez, Casablanca and Meknes. Grand taxis are very common in Morocco, visitors can consider this for comfort and convenient travel between Ifrane and its neighboring cities.


Culture and Food in Ifrane:

Ifrane is home to the Al Akhawayn Univesity and the city also houses many reputed primary and secondary educational institutions.

Ifrane is dotted with full of modern and traditional restaurants, of which, most are located in the areas of Centre ville and Marché. Some of them are as follows:

  • Restaurant Chez Amal
  • Chicken Restaurant
  • La Rosa
  • Restaurant Al-Akhawayn


Things to do in Ifrane:

  • Journey Beyond Travel- day tour
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding


Places to see in Ifrane:


Al Akhawayn University:

The Al Akhawayn University is an American-curriculum public university, established in 1995. Other than providing quality education, the university is famous for its striking building architecture and eye-catching surrounding landscapes.



Centre-ville is the main part of Ifrane, featuring different attractions, buildings, restaurants, cafes and shops. A typical attraction ‘the statue of lion’, situated in the proximity of lake and park, is famous among visitors.



Marché is one of the major market areas of Ifrane, offering a wide range of colorful products, ranging from books to electronic items. There are also many frit stores, restaurants and cafes at Marché.


Source Vitel:

Source Vitel is called to the series of waterfall in Ifrane, of which many are within the forest area of Ifrane. These waterfalls are not so much attractive, but worth a visit.


Catholic Church in Ifrane:

Ifrane is home to a catholic church that was constructed in the year 1939 and was designed by the famous architect Paul Tournon. The church is famous for both holiness and nice exterior and interior designs.


Other places of interest in and around Ifrane include:

  • Michlifen Ski Station
  • Zaouia Moulay Idriss II
  • Dar al-Magana
  • Bou Inania Madrasa
  • University of al-Karaouine
  • Bab Bou Jeloud
  • Fontaine Nejjarine
  • Moulay Abdellah Quarter
  • Fes el-Bali
  • Jardin Jnan Sbil
  • Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts
  • Glaoui Palace
  • Kairaouine Mosque


Best time to visit Ifrane:

Throughout the year is best, especially from July to September is the ideal time to visit Ifrane in Morocco.


Accommodation Options in and around Ifrane:

Ifrane holds an upgraded hospitality industry with numerous tourist favor hotels with all modern amenities. The city also houses many vacation rentals that open door during high season only. The major hotels in Ifrane are listed below:

  • Motel Relais Ras el Maa
  • Gite Dayet Aoua
  • Michlifen Ifrane Suites & Spa
  • L’Auberge Berbere
  • Hotel des Perce-Neige
  • Hotel Farah Inn
  • lechamonix
  • Gite Ras El Ma
  • Hotel Les Tilleuls
  • Auberge la vallee
  • Les Residences d’Ifrane
  • Appart-Hotel La Paix
  • Villa Agapanthe
  • Riad Le Ksar de Fes
  • Zahrat al Jabal

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