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Location: Meknes&Rissani, Morocco, and Boston USA
Ifran is a neat little town situated in Morocco's Middle Atlas mountains. It is named the Switzerland of Morocco. In Berber language the word 'yfran' or 'Ifran' pronounced /efra:n/ is plural for yfri/Ifri means 'cave'. Nomad Berbers of the region took ifran as their homes especially in the cold and icy winters. The surrounding limestone plateau is full of caves, many worth exploring, but be careful not to be lost in the mountains. The earliest settlement dates back to the 16th century when the Berber tribe Ait sidi Abd A-salam settled in the Tizguit valley. The city located about 1700m above sea-level - that make it a pretty cold city ! Today, Ifrane is know by it's unusual Alpine Buildings, this French architectural style makes it very distinguishable from other Moroccan cities.
During winter, Ifrane is a wonderful winter-land for many local and international visitors who enjoy the snow, or skiing the surrounding snow-covered mountains. Additionally, a forests of cedar, pine and oak trees makes Ifrane a nice city.Many tourists from other parts of Morocco visit Ifrane during the hot summer season to escape the heat. During summers, the mountain hills are verdant and green ideal for hiking or walking, and for adventurous rock-climbing. ifran has Spectacular views of the canyons and green valleys, beautiful Springs and waterfalls, and Dayet Aoua. Dayet Aoua is one of the most well-known lakes located just outside the town. Just to note, this area was featured on the 2011 American reality television series: Expedition Impossible. So why not visit this outstanding resort and escape your daily routine.
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