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The small Berber town of Sefrou is a picturesque place situated on the edge of the Middle Atlas. It has a small but interesting medina that was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 2013. As such, the medina walls have been restored and some fanadiq (ancient inns used by caravans) are being rebuilt. Sefrou once hosted one of Morocco’s largest Jewish communities (as many as 8000 people, according to some accounts), and it was here that Moulay Idriss II lived while overseeing the building of Fez.

It’s an easy day trip from Fez. Time your visit with the Thursday souq, just south of the town center, if you want to see a real local market without the tourist trappings.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Sefrou.