"Azrou Forest Trekking Bliss" Azrou by Azrou1

Azrou Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 49 photos

Habitat surrounding Azrou middle Atlas mountains,

Azrou is a picturesque market town nestled in the mid-Atlas mountains at an invigorating altitude of 1250m. Situated 56 miles (90 kilometres) south of Fez (only a 1 ¼ hour’s drive) from Fez international airport.

Unlike Fez Azrou is very laidback and a great place to base yourself if you are into trekking of the beaten track above the Medina there are wooded slopes with varied trails leading up to plateaus. There are Lakes and ancient cedar & pine forests at 1700 metres, where the only inhabitants are Berber (Amazigh) shepherds and foresters who welcome all visitors.

This most hospitable market town's charming bustling medina is full of colour, aroma, restaurants, cafes, barbers, hairdressers, bespoke tailors/dressmakers and hammams (baths). It will enchant you with its bargain wares, carvings, spices, rugs, jewellery, and leather.
The biggest regional Souk is held on Tuesdays and is a must to visit.

The endemic cedar (Cedrus atlantica) ecosystem is estimated as 100,000 hectares the largest concentration of cedar in North Africa and the western Mediterranean.
The forests is shared with the Holm oak (Quercus ballota) which characterizes the lower forest, spilling out onto vast fertile plateaux which host small Berber (Amazigh) ancestral & community settlements all of whom welcome visitors with their unique brand of traditional hospitality.

The Azrou region hosts one of the worlds largest population of the Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) this species is currently limited to forest areas in Morocco and Algeria, its the only primate north of the Sahara desert.

All the right ingredients for remote trekking I usually rent a pack mule or donkey from a local friend to save carrying all my camping kit.
Navigating ancient Berber Trails for 3 or 4 nights and stargaze under the Milky Way.

  • Last visit to Azrou: Jul 2009
  • Intro Written Mar 23, 2010
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