Ouirgane sits over 1000 metres above sea level in a very beautiful valley in the high Atlas mountains. Only 75 minutes drive from Marrakech, it is a great place to relax totally amongst kind Berber people, spectacular natural views and the pleasures of a 'simple life'.
The souk or market is on Thursday and people come from the surrounding villages and valleys to buy and sell goods. Walking and mule trekking are the most common daytime activities in the area and the hotels we work with can arrange mountain guides to accompany you for a half or full day. Ouirgane is a perfect combination with a few days in Taroudant, which is reached by crossing the spectacular Tiz n Test pass.
A truly remarkable hotel in a magnificently beautiful valley in the Atlas Mountains with stunning gardens and park.
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Note that the online map offers both a satellite view (click satellite in the top right) and, for some locations, a street level view (Drag the person in the top left onto the map). These let you explore the country; and when you wish to explore in person, or if you have any questions about the places you see, give our staff a call, or request a quote. Our staff regularly visit the places and accommodation that we feature.
When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.
We liked returning to the peace after the bustle of the Medina.
We had a lovely few days. Thank you. The Dar Ayniwen was very welcoming, particularly as we were given the top floor rooms with our own lovely sitting room.
Aziz the manager must be worth his wait in gold to the owners he was so charming, he could not have been more helpful never wilthout a smile and seemingly genuine ...
Deputy Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Sasha Slater, travelled with her family to Marrakech and Ouirgane with Lawrence of Morocco in April 2014.
When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.
The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.