Sefrou is more than a millennium city. Moulay Driss the 2nd stayed there in 806 before the founding of the city of Fez, at the place called Habouna (from the Arabic ” they loved us ”).
Sefrou was born from the regrouping, for security reasons, of inhabitants who settled along Oued Aggay. The Mellah, Jewish quarter, for these same reasons, occupies a central position within the Muslim quarters that form the ancient medina.
Dominating the wadi, stands the suburb of Al Qalâa, detached from the city, as if to remind visitors of its refractory past.
Surrounded by ramparts pierced with seven gates dating from the XVIIIth century, Sefrou was an important stage of the caravan trade as reported in the many Fondouks (Caravan hostels) of the city. Its zaouïas, mosques and shops, in turn, relate its influence in the region.
Sefrou has always been a space of human confluence (provenances from different regions of Morocco and Andalusia) and confessional brewing (Muslim and Jewish) and ethnic mixture (Arab and Berber).
Sefrou and region,
nature and culture at the foot of mid – Atlas
Sefrou is located at the foot of the Middle Atlas, 22 km South of Fez (20 minutes from the Fez-Saïs Airport). It is crossed by Oued Aggay ( ” the cheeks ‘ in berber’ ) named Oued Lihoudi when it passes the Mellah. Sefrou is renowned for its waterfall, its main saint figure Sidi Ali Bousserghine, its cherry festival, its spirit of tolerance, its cultural heritage and the natural richness of its surroundings.
Nature and Culture in Sefrou
• Oued Aggay and the plot of saguias crossing the districts to irrigate the jnanates (gardens) have earned Sefrou the nickname of ” Jardins du Maroc ” and the ‘Oasis de Sefrou’.
Touristically, Sefrou is endowed with a rich cultural and natural symbolism.
Visitors are invited to see:
• The ancient Medina full of places to visit with its ramparts, forts (borjs) and historic gates, Jewish homes decorated with wooden balconies, zaouïas, mosques, bridges and caravan hostels.
• The Bab Lamqam Artisan Complex: production and exhibition of various articles of local craftsmanship
• Kahf Al Moumen ( ” The cave of the Believer ” in arabic ) is a natural cavity pierced on the side of Jbel Bina, located at the entrance to the city. The cave, surrounded by several legends, is venerated by the Jews and the Muslims.
• The waterfalls are located on Oued Aggay. It is a place of freshness with its rich and abundant vegetation.
• The Mausoleum of Sidi Ali Bousserghine: The major saint of Sefrou, a descendant of Moulay Idriss, has an affluence for its healing virtues of neurological affections. The mausoleum esplanade offers a splendid panoramic view of the city.
• The international camping also overlooks the city, best known by the ‘caves of the priest’.
- Province of Sefrou : 05 35 66 00 61
- Royal Gendarmerie : 05 35 66 00 23
- Sûreté nationale : 05 35 66 01 24
- Protection civile : 05 35 66 02 94
- Artisanat de Sefrou : 05 35 66 01 32
- Délégation du Tourisme : 05 35 62 34 60
- Conseil Régional du Tourisme : 05 35 94 24 92
- D. Affaires culturelles : 05 35 94 30 49