Azrou Morocco: First Town of the Middle Atlas

Travelling south from Fez to the Berber town of Azrou, you get the feeling that you are heading deeper into the mountains. With a population of over 50,000, Azrou is the first real town of the Middle Atlas, standing at a major junction of routes – south to Midelt and Khenifra and north to Fez and Meknes.

Azrou is an important market town – hosting the region’s largest weekly souk which draws Berbers from all surrounding villages. A compelling reason to visit the souk is the famed rugs and carpets on sale from the Bni M’guelid Berber tribes.

There is little else to do in town, although the cooler clime of the surrounding alpine and cedar forests make Azrou a pleasant spot to wind down and spend a few days. If you’re feeling energetic, you can go for a walk or trek nearby taking in the beautiful mountain scenery.