Sefrou is a small Berber town in the foothills of the Middle Atlas mountains, about 40 minutes’ drive from Fez. Moulay Idriss II lived here while he was building Fez. It also has an interesting history as a Jewish town, reflected in the architecture and interiors of some of the houses. Sefrou is famous for its Cherry Festival held in the middle of June, when succulent cherries are abundant and the Cherry Queen is crowned. The medina is interesting for wandering, and there are good walks around the town, including a waterfall.
This guesthouse is a delightful place to stay overnight in Sefrou. It’s an old Jewish Berber house in the medina offering simple comfort on four levels. It is decorated in pretty pastels and Iraqi glass with interesting woodwork. The adaptable accommodation and light-filled rooms make this a pleasant stay outside Fez. Arrangements can be made for excursions into the mountains of the Middle Atlas, souks in nearby villages, lakes, and cave-dwellers in nearby Bhalil.
- There are five rooms with double beds and banquettes for extra guests, with separate bathrooms
- One double room with private bathroom en suite
- Sleep on the terrace on hot summer nights
- Breakfast included
- Furnished terrace with mountain views
- Guide available
COST: from Dh220 for two people, up to Dh400 for four in one room; Dh60 for a hammock or bamboo bed on the terrace. Breakfast and hot showers included.
DAR KAMAL CHAOUI in Bhalil
Bhalil is a tiny village a few minutes from Sefrou. In some of the houses, caves are used as a main room. Dar Kamal Chaoui is a delightful guesthouse with beautiful views from the roof terrace. The rooms are comfortable and have air-conditioning/heating. Excellent meals are available.
From 60 Euros per double room per night, including breakfast.
Kamal Chaoui himself is an expert on the area. He can take you for walks in the surrounding mountains, organise a barbecue with local Berbers, and show you the cave-houses.