Ifrane means the Caves in Amazigh language, located north-central Morocco. It was founded in 1929 and is situated in the Middle Atlas (Moyen Atlas) mountains; It is also the home of Al-Akhawayn University (1995), a public institution of higher education modelled on the American university system. Ifrane with its royal palaces, gardens, single-family houses with sloped roofs appears as a great tourist destination.
This city is a photographer’s paradise – there are beautiful, unique sites, no matter where you look. During the winter Ifrane gets more visitors than usual, as many people come here for skiing or simply to enjoy the pleasure of snow.
Because of its elevation, the town experiences snow during the winter months and a cool climate during the summer.
Located in the Atlas Mountains, and affected by the cold north Atlantic current, Ifrane has an oceanic climate with continental influence or a warm-summer Mediterranean climate in the Köppen climate classification. The climate shifts from cold in winter to warm days in the summer months. The nights can be severely cold in winter. The winter highs rarely exceed 10 °C (50.0 °F) in December–February.
Owing to the city’s elevation and proximity to the North Atlantic Ocean, rainfall is very heavy whenever frontal systems affect the region. Precipitation patterns follow the classic Mediterranean range, from October to April. The city also receives high snowfall starting as early as October and lasting well into the spring season. The annual average temperature does not exceed 11 °C.
Ifrane holds the record of the lowest temperature ever observed in Africa:
- Ifrane mosque
- Al Akhawayn University
- Ifrane Lake
- Lake Aoua DAIT
- Ifrane National Park
- Michlifen Ski Resort