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Azrou Cedar Forest

Azrou Cedar Forest Review

The Azrou Cedar Forest is a unique habitat in Morocco, as much a state of mind as a woodland. Moroccans are proud of their cedar forest, always one of the national geography's crown jewels. Even in the Fez medina you can sense a breath of fresh air when the forest is mentioned, usually as the source of some intricate cedar carving. Moroccan cedars, some more than 400 years old, grow to heights of close to 200 feet, and cover some 320,000 acres on the slopes of the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas, and the Rif at altitudes between 3,940 and 9,200 feet. Cedar is much coveted by woodworkers, particularly makers of stringed musical instruments. Living among the enormous cedars to the south of Azrou are troops of Barbary macaques that curiously climb towards visitors, and birdlife ranging from the redheaded Moroccan woodpecker to owls and eagles. Flora include the large-leaf peony, the scarlet dianthus, and the blue germander, all of which attract butterflies, including the cardinal and the colorful sulphur Cleopatra. If you'd like to visit, you should pick up information, guides, and maps of the forest showing trails and hikes at the Ifrane Tourist Office on weekdays, 8:30–12:30 and 2:30–6:30 (seee).

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  • Address: Azrou
  • Location: Azrou
Updated: 05-12-2011

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