63km (39 miles) S of Fes; 84km (52 miles) SE of Meknes; 143km (89 miles) N of Midelt
The mountain resort of Ifrane is like no other in Morocco. Built by the French in 1929 as a colonial retreat, the first impression upon entering the village is of a "little Switzerland" -- hence the marketing slogan used by tourism bodies to promote it. Within the village are tall, triangular-roof Alpine chalets, neatly-trimmed gardens, a leafy park surrounding a mountain-fed lake, and a central square surrounded by stone-wall cafes and restaurants. What attracted the French -- and now affluent Moroccans -- is the heavenly cool climate during summer. As Fes and Meknes swelter, Ifrane is pleasant and refreshing. This climate is also an attraction in winter, when the surrounding mountainside can be blanketed in snow.
The addition in the 1990s of a royal palace and a private university, Al Akhawayn University, has added extra prestige to the village's status as a favored location. Some hard-core...more local info
At press time, a complete makeover of this five-star ski lodge was just about complete. Sitting atop a hill overlooking Ifrane, the huge complex...
This well-priced hotel is in a good location just south of the square. The rooms are light, modern, and (importantly) come with heating and 24-hour...