The "medina" (Old city) in Sefrou
Coordinates: 33°49′45.68″N 4°50′22.12″W / 33.8293556°N 4.8394778°W / 33.8293556; -4.8394778
Country Morocco
Region Fès-Bouleman
Province Sefrou Province
  Total 10.50 km2 (4.05 sq mi)
Elevation 850 m (2,790 ft)
Population (2004)[1]
  Total 63,872
  Density 6,100/km2 (16,000/sq mi)

Sefrou is a city in central Morocco situated in the Fès-Meknès region and, according to the 2004 census,[1] had a population of 63,872.

Sefrou is known for its historical Jewish population, and its annual cherry festival.


Sefrou was named for the Ahel Sefrou, a Berber tribe that once inhabited the area.[2]

Sefrou was once home to one of the largest settlements of Moroccan Jews, the population estimated to have been as high as 8,000.[3] The first Jewish that lived in the are of the Ahel Sefrou, most of which were converted to Judaism around 2,000 years ago. In the 8th century, most of these were converted to Islam under Idris I of Morocco. In the 9th century, a second Jewish population settled from the Tafilalt area and Southern Algeria. Most of the descendants of these Jews stayed in Sefrou until 1967, when many moved to Israel.[2]

Idris II of Morocco lived in Sefrou temporarily while overseeing the development of Fez.[3]


Sefrou is located at the edge of the Middle Atlas mountain range, and is 30 kilometres (19 mi) southeast of Fez. Oued Aggai runs through the city, and about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) west of Sefrou are the Cascades, a small waterfall.[3] Wadi Aggai also takes part in irrigation for the area. The Kef el-Moumen caves contain ancient tombs, one of which is claimed to be the tomb of Daniel. There is also a spring near Sefrou called Lalla Rekia, which is purported to cure insanity.[2]


Sefrou is known for its Sefrou Cherry Festival, which is UNESCO-endorsed, and is held annually every June.[4] The festival lasts for three days and includes folk music, parades, and sporting events. The town has a medina and two mosques, and every Thursday is market day.[3]


  1. 1 2 Maaroufi, Youssef. "Recensement général de la population et de l'habitat 2004". Site institutionnel du Haut-Commissariat au Plan du Royaume du Maroc. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 DK Publishing (29 November 2010). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Morocco. DK Publishing. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-7566-8665-9.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Paul Clammer (15 September 2010). Morocco. Lonely Planet. p. 253. ISBN 978-1-74220-360-7.
  4. "Terre de Traces Ecolodge". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
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