Ouirgane Village, Atlas Mountains
Village in High Atlas Mountains (Western)
Ouirgane is a peaceful village, nestled in the tranquil foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in the heart of the Toubkal National Park lays the pretty Berber village of Ouirgane (pronounced Weer-gan).
About 90 minutes drive from Marrakech, it has a gentle winter climate and moderate in summer. This village provides an alternative and lesser-visited village base for walking, horse riding and mountain biking trips in the Atlas. It is also a good place to stop on a trip between Marrakech and Taroudannt or as an alternative day trip from Marrakech.
Wonderful views of the Toubkal range, a wide variety of bird life and a fresh and invigorating altitude of 1,000 metres await the traveller who makes it here.
Where is Ouirgane Village Located?
Ouirgane is located on the valley floor of the Oued Nfis (river Nfis), and spring is a fantastic time to visit when the almond blossoms are absolutely breathtaking. Imlil village makes for an interesting trip and a clear sight of Mount Toubkal.
What to do at Ouirgane Village
There are many easy walks around the village, some with views of Lake Yacoub el Mansour, created in 2008 with the construction of the Ouirgane Dam. The village’s two hotels can help visitors organize mountain biking (100dh per day), horseback riding (500dh for a half-day), and treks with a local guide (250dh per half-day) and mules (50dh per hour). The hotels also offer fine dining. The village is located 15km (91 miles) southwest of Asni, 63km (39 miles) south of Marrakech, and 158km (98 miles) northeast of Taroudannt.
You can also discover the Muslim sanctuary of Moulay Brahim near Asni (15 km) or the Jewish sanctuary of Rabi Haim ben Diwan near Anraz (2.5 km). Tin Mal mosque is a major place of interest and makes a pleasant morning trip with spectacular views en route.
Local Berber markets
Three Berber markets are within easy reach – Asni (Saturdays, 15 km), Talat n’ Yacoub (Wednesdays, 35 km) and Ouirgane itself (Thursdays).
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