Ifrane [p](Arabic: إفران/يفرن; Tamazight: ⵉⴼⵔⴰⵏ/ ⵢⴼⵔⵏ Ifran) is a town and ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco (population 40,000 in December 2013). Ifrane is 1665 metres (5,460ft) in elevation and is part of the Meknès-Tafilalet region. In Tamazight, the regional Berber language, "ifran" means caves.
Developed by the French during the protectorate era for their administration due to its Alpine climate, this Moroccan town has a remarkable European style, as if it were an Alpine village. Because of its elevation, the town experiences snow during the winter months and a cool climate during the summer. Ifrane is also the place where the lowest temperature was ever recorded in Africa, -24 C in 1935. Animals to be found in the vicinity include the threatened Barbary Macaque. Among the local tree species are the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak and the introduced London plane.
The first permanent settlement of the area dates to the 16th century, when the Sharif of...* material from wikipedia.org Read full Wiki article