Pretty Berber village nestled in the tranquil foothills of the High Atlas Mountains a short drive from Marrakech.
Ouirgane - Holiday in the Heart of Berber Country
Nestled in the tranquil foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in the heart of the Toubkal National Park lies the pretty Berber village of Ouirgane. With a couple of decent accommodation choices this village provides an alternative and lesser-visited village base for walking, horse riding and mountain biking trips in the Atlas.
Wonderful views of the Toubkal range, a wide variety of birdlife and a fresh and invigorating altitude of 1,000 metres await the traveller who makes it here. Ouirgane is only a one hour drive from Marrakech and is located on the valley floor of the Oued Nfis. Spring is a fantastic time to visit when the almond blossoms are absolutely breathtaking.
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). Imlil village makes for an interesting trip and a clear sight of Mount Toubkal. Three Berber markets are within easy reach - Asni (Saturdays, 15 km), Talat n' Yacoub (Wednesdays, 35 km) and Ouirgane itself (Thursdays). Tin Mal mosque is a major place of interest and makes a pleasant morning trip with spectacular views en route.
The High Atlas Mountains offer endless possibilities for those seeking activity on foot or by horseback. Local guides can be pre-booked and can lead hikers to nearby villages and up Jebel Toubkal. Bird spotting is also good here - look out for resident Nightingales, Bulbuls, Blackbirds, Cuckoos and Woodpeckers, and also migratory birds such as Storks and Bee-eaters.