The Middle Atlas is a region of great touristic potentials; the cedar forest, the valley rocks, the lakes, pastures, deep chasms, volcanic craters, caves, diversity and abundance of flora and fauna made of it an ultimate touristic destination and a resort for practicing different activities and habits from horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife and flora tours, observation of migratory and sedentary birds , in addition to that it provides a wonderful pace and enthralling views for those who prefer to just relax and enjoy the landscapes.
Starting and finishing point: Your Riad or Hotel
Al Akhawayn University: Founded by Hassan II and it is an educational center that attracts students from and researchers from all around the world.
Lion sculpture: An amazing and a well carved monument in the rock, the Ifrane lion is undoubtedly a symbol of this jewel city of the Atlas (both summer center and winter station). This work is sometimes attributed to a European prisoner, sometimes to the Girondins’ sculptor Henri Moreau.
Ain saltan: Aïn Soltane is a virgin site of exceptional natural beauty where the water gushes at more than 1000 meters of altitude.
Daiet Aoua: A beautiful stretch of water, nestled between mountains, forests of cedars and holm oaks, the lake offers an extraordinary natural landscape and it is an ideal place to walk or bike, picnic and relax in front of this charming lake.
Jebel Habri: Is a volcanic mountain with 2092m of altitude south east of the city of Azrou. The cone is highly frequented during winter by skiing and sledding enthusiasts.
To reach Ifrane, we will crosse the small town of Immouzer of Kandar that is very frequented in summer for its climate that is milder than that of Fez. Then we make a detour around the surprising lake of Daiet Aoua: one can admire either the surrounding hills that are reflected in its waters, or riders who take it as playground.
Arriving at Ifrane, you will be surprised by the unusual pace of this city. With its sloping roofs, its chimneys topped with enormous stork nests, abundant massifs of flowers and chestnut trees that make the city resembles as a small corner of Europe. The road continues to the ski resorts of Michlifen and Jebel Habri.
Then move towards Azrou, we stop at the foot of the Goureau cedar. There you can sometimes see some of the locusts that can be found with plenty in this forest. Finally, after admiring the green roofs of the central square of Azrou, the rock (Azrou in Berber) and wood artisans, it is the return to Fez.