Enjoy the chance of visiting the Middle Atlas mountains, see the cedar forests and the towns of Immouzer, Ifrane and Azrou and feed the monkeys.
After your breakfast, usually at about 10 am, though we can arrange the times to suit your individual requirements, your Mighty Middle Atlas Mountains day trip begins when your experienced English-speaking guide from Fes Authentic Tours picks you up from your accommodation.
Firstly, you begin with the drive up into the mountains whose peaks attain a maximum height of almost 1400 metres, the views are breathtaking and the clean, fresh and cool air plus the peace and tranquility will be a refreshing change after the hustle and bustle and city air of Fes. Then you will arrive at the mountain town of Immouzer, renowned for its apples, if you are visiting in springtime, the village is delightfully fragrant and the pink and white blossoms of the apple trees are a joy to behold. Or, if you are arriving in July, you will be able to experience Immouzer's popular National Apple Festival; the "Pommes de Fete" . And at any time of the year you will be able to enjoy the various delicious cheeses manufactured at the more and more well known Fromagerie de Immouzer.
You will then visit the springs of Ain Seban and Ain Chifa, very popular for both camping and picnics for locals and tourists alike, before arriving at charming Ifrane , a lovely Swiss-styled town, with chalets nestling grouped together attractively and called "The Switzerland of Morocco". In the winter the nearby Alpine sport resort of Michliffen can provide skiing with all the facillities, not something one would usually associate with Morocco!
Onward through the beautiful miles of cork trees and the largest cedar forest in Morocco you go, with panoramic views of not only the Middle Atlas mountains around you, but the High Atlas Mountains that lie beyond, you will arrive at the Berber town of Azrou, which means 'Rock' in the local Amazigh language, a centuries old place still inhabited by the Amazigh Berbers, the native people of Morocco for centuries before the Arabs came from the East. The pretty avenues are filled with flowers and lined by cherry and apple trees, the little houses with their green tiled roofs seem to blend into the surrounding forest canopy. You will be fascinated watching the local tribal herdsmen and women carpet making, practicing their traditional carpentry skills or milling the flour and then making bread in ovens of a style centuries old. The people are hospitable and friendly, so, especially if you arrive for the Tuesday market, don't be afraid to chat and maybe haggle for interesting handicrafts as the goods here can be much cheaper than their equivalents back in Fes.
Nearby you can pay a visit to the forest clearings where dwell the Barbary Apes, actually a type of macaque monkey, who are ever hungry and willing to share your food.
Your day trip will end with a gentle return journey to Fes where your Fes Authentic Tours driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
|Transport in a comfortable A/C vehicle (a 4x4 or Mini Van).|
|Pick up and drop off at your accommodation|
|Lunch and drinks.|
|Small admission charge for some monuments.|