Africa in the Alpine style.
If you are tired of the heat and want to be in European resorts, the best option is to go in… After all, the continent is amazingly beautiful, unique town of Ifrane. Here grows cedars and snow. A ski trails and houses, covered with pink tiles, complement the typical European landscape. Ifrane is considered the coldest place of Africa, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to Cultural studies.
Typical Alpine resort
Strange the resort is located on the territory of Morocco, a few hours drive by car from Casablanca or Rabat. However, nothing in this Moroccan village is not observed. It is very green and many parks and lakes, pastures, while in winter, the mountains often see snow and people riding on skis or sleds. Because next, in the crater of volcanic origin, at an altitude of about 1800 meters equipped with five ski slopes.
In winter the temperature often drops below zero, and at Ifrane was once a record for the African continent frost -24 °C. in recent years it became the tradition to hold at the end of January “snow festival”, dedicated to the winter season.
The colonialists were too homesick
Ifrane was built by the French in the beginning of the last century during colonization. Most likely lived in Africa, the Europeans find in the mountains, “a touch of winter”, I decided to arrange it in the European style – as a place of rest from the sweltering heat of an African and a reminder of home.
This was the so-called “mountain station”, in the architecture of houses where there were pine panels, gabled roofs and stone walls. Especially from France, was brought here and planted European chestnuts and pines.
Here several cultures
When Morocco gained independence, the town was chosen and local, expanding its territory and building up a mosque. And in 1995 there appeared a University the campus. They arrive here to rest, as a rule, Europeans and wealthy Moroccans, because the local rates for low-income citizens of the country are too high.
The city became more modern and it has a classic Moroccan market, however, the “Alpine style” is officially the City made to its building code, so its appearance it in the near future hardly will change.
By the way, until the 1930-1940-ies of the the local local inhabitants had no houses, but dwelt in caves built into the limestone cliff. Under some of the houses still left these former home owners are now used as cellars. As for ancient cave settlements that existed on the site of the present City, archaeologists attribute them to the Neolithic period. Well, here in the middle ages settled Berbers.
The unique ecology of the
Ifrane is famous not only as the “African Switzerland” but also as the most peaceful and clean place. There are no noisy entertainment, not counting the cozy cafes. Well, the cool mountain air filled with the smell of cedars, natural national Park with its unique ecosystem, and the lack of industry has allowed the City to reach the first positions in the ranking of the cleanest cities in the world.
In the most famous official ranking, he was ranked 22nd and is right after Oslo, and the online edition of MBC Times, making a list of environmentally friendly cities, even put it in second place (the first canadian calgary). The magazine has made a rating, taking into account such parameters as water availability, garbage collection, working sewer systems, lack of pollution and traffic.
In all of these positions to Ifrane put the best estimates. By the way, is a bioindicator of clean air is considered to be unique butterflies living in the nature Park “Ticgit”, located in the valley of Ifrane. It is for their well-being local environmentalists to determine the state of the environment, and while it was not serious.