The Meknes Surroundings:
Founded in the eleventh century by the Almoravids as a military establishment, Meknes became capital during the reign of Moulay Ismaļl (1672-1727), founder of the Alawite dynasty. He made an impressive city of Hispano-Moorish style surrounded by high walls pierced with monumental doors (Ex: BAB MANSOUR) which shows today the harmonious alliance of Islamic and European styles in the Maghreb of the seventeenth century.
The capital of Mauretania, founded in the 3rd century BC BC, was an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was adorned with many beautiful monuments. There are still significant remains in the archaeological site, located in a fertile agricultural area. The city was to become later, for a brief period, the capital of Idriss Ie, founder of the Idrissid dynasty, buried not far away, Moulay Idriss. Moulay Driss (Zerhouh): This city is the sanctuary of the founder of Idrissid dynasty, Idris I. The city is perched on the rocky peak overlooking the valley Oued Erroumane and the plain of the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. It is a place of pilgrimage that gives rise to a large annual "moussem" gathering.
Immouzer Kandar, Ifrane, Azrou, the cedar forest of Berber villages known by agricultural cooperatives.
A small Berber town located in the region of Fes-Boulmene, at the beginning of the Middle Atlas Mountains known by these agricultural cooperatives and its natural mineral water, Ifrane: (the little Swiss of Morocco) In Tamazight, Ifrane means hiding places or caves ( in the singular: ifri). The region is known for its natural caves carved in the Jurassic carbonate layer in the form of go-karts, which extend to the regions of El Hajeb and Sefrou. They are the ones who gave their name to the city. For lack of knowledge, Ifrane was associated with the name of Oufrane, while the latter designates a town located in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas. Historically the old name of Ifrane is Tourtite, which in Tamazight means garden. The development of Ifrane and its region owes a lot to natural potential, especially cedar. The human presence in the region dates back to the Neolithic, as evidenced by caves such as those of Tizguite and archaeological remains dating back to prehistoric times, 50 000 years ago, the discovery of Aterian encampments (culture characteristic of the Paleolithic Maghreb) by the group of researchers of the Institute of Sciences of Archeology and Heritage (INSAP) in Michlifen near Azrou in Ain Leuh (cave of Ifri Ouberid),