Sidi Ifni, Between Sea and Mountain
Nestled on a cliff, last vestige of the Anti-Atlas foothills, Sidi Ifni dominates the Atlantic Ocean from which it derives its main resources.
A Strategic Enclave
The region of Sidi Ifni is the cradle and stronghold of Aït Baâmrane, a powerful confederation of Berber tribes famous throughout southern Morocco for its struggle in the 1930s against the invaders, both French and Spanish, then during the Ifni war , the Spanish “guerra-olvidada”, in 1957/1958.
Granted to Spain by a Hispano-Moroccan treaty of 1767 to create sardine fisheries, its development really dates from 1934 when General Franco decides to make this enclave a strategic military base. It was not until June 1969 that Sidi Ifni was finally Moroccan, then 2010 to free herself from the provincial guardianship of Tiznit.
A scattered urbanism
From its Spanish years, it preserves the colonial structure, a grid of streets and avenues leading to the central square of oval form, urban architecture whose buildings have kept the Art Deco style very fashionable in Spain Years.
The former cathedral converted into a court, its presbytery became a library, the old admiralty, the lighthouse as well as many houses with trees and gardens bordering the avenue Mohammed V are always there to recall this era. Hassan II Square, the former Plaza de España, is a landmark for city life and offers a splendid view of the ocean.
Not to mention the outlying port on the south side of the airport, Sidi Ifni, has two districts. The old one, around the Hassan II square where most of the services and hotel infrastructures are concentrated, as well as the municipal market.
The other quarter is separate by a kilometer from downtown with the avenues El Houria and Al Qouds. Here you will find the post office, the great mosque and the Annasr public garden, restaurants and cyber still useful.
Beaches and waves
The main activity of Sidi Ifni remains its port with traditional fishing. Sardines, giltheads, bows are disembarked in the afternoon arousing great animation around, from the port to the market, then to the city that wakes up in the late afternoon.
The softness of its winter climate, the proximity of large and beautiful white sandy beaches, interspersed with high ocher cliffs, natural arches and nice coves, make Sidi Ifni a destination appreciated by a varied tourism.
Sidi Ifni Practical
There are 2 health centers: Avenue Mohammed V behind the public garden El Houriya, and the second in the Boulaalam district. There are many pharmacies in the city center.
The mail post office is located on Abtih street, outside the center in the district bordering El Qouuds Avenue.
Weekly Souk: on Sunday at the former airfield. The moussem of Sidi Ifni takes place during the last week of June. Many service stations are available.
Coming by plane
The nearest airport is Agadir.
Around Sidi Ifni
The immense White Beach to the south, attract more and more amateurs of seaside activities. In front of the little islet of El Gziral on Lazgira beach, 10 km north on the road to Mirleft, surfers and windsurfers like to meet.
This beach, whose emblematic arch collapsed in September 2016, created by the ebb and flow of the ocean, is as much a place of nautical rendezvous as a privileged site for amateur or sport fishermen.
The last bastions of the Atlas
Its mountain aspect is very quickly felt as soon as we penetrate its hinterland. The Anti-Atlas in front of this impetuous Atlantic waves gives us small mountains at low altitude. A semi-arid environment already foreshadowing the close Saharan regs while keeping the soul of these small traditional Berber villages perched on hillsides or hidden in tiny intimate valleys.
This is the case with the gorges of the Oued Noun, whose mouth is generously sheltered by pink flamingos, turtles, and herons who hibernate or reproduce there. A pleasant bowl of air in this canyon dotted with houses, its flanks almost abrupt, decorated with cultivated terraces. On one of the cliffs overlooking the Oued, the old French military fort Bou Jerif always seems to watch over the tranquility of the surroundings.
Fashionable local products
There are many small hidden valleys, fed on argan trees whose tasteful oil is one of the jewels of local cultures. The cacti, more commonly the barbaric fig trees, are also pleasantly part of the landscape.
From the seeds of their fruits, akneri in Berber, highly appreciated by the local population, is pulled a very fragrant oil of which one of the main characteristics is to be the most expensive oil in the world.
Its elaboration is long, meticulous and the quantities produced tiny. But its unique taste gives an extraordinary taste and makes it an oil very courted by great chefs both Moroccan and foreigners.
Small hidden paradises
Many daily incursions can be made from Sidi Ifni by car to better understand these discrete places in a surprising hinterland.
The village of Tioughza is east of Sidi Ifni. The road, picturesque, runs along the shore for a moment before sinking into small mountains to arrive at this borough that they surround. Always winding it leads to the Oued Salogmad before joining Amellou and Mesti where is the cooperative Tafyucht elaborating and promoting the products of the argan tree.
The locality of Sbouya is located just a little south from Ifni, it’s fief of the Berber tribe of the same name. Between sea and mountain it’s in this typically pre-Saharan locality that are exploited the barbaric figs whose shrubs are cultivated with pride and enhancement in the cooperative Aknari.
“Le Maroc que j’aime” presents Sidi Ifni
Reportage in Darija (Moroccan Arabic). A small tour of a city center with wide open avenues, pleasant air, houses in white and blue. Also beautiful sea views, all decorated with a zoom on the buildings in the art deco architecture of the middle of the 20th century in Southern Europe.
White Beach …
Travel log in German and subtitled in English.
White beach, wind and waves before a small summary on Saint Exupéry aviator. Shots full of fantastic lights for a cycling adventure. We let ourselves be charmed and train by bike by these beautiful images …
Various views of Sidi Ifni
Ya Rayah to accompany these beautiful shots of Sidi Ifni and its surroundings. Beaches and ocean, desert, white and blue city, walkers, a complete panorama with bright luminosity. Very efficient and pleasant.