2 Best Sights in Ouirgane, High Atlas

Salt Mines

It is worth negotiating the potholed road to the salt mines just off the Amizmiz road (stop at the turning for the Amizmiz road and walk the last part). For centuries, local people have produced salt here from the saltwater river that cuts through the area, but today's relatively low value of the once highly prized natural commodity has greatly endangered the livelihoods of the salt-mining families.

Ouirgane, Morocco
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Shrine of Haïm ben Diourne

Site of one of the few Jewish festivals still held in Morocco, this complex contains the tombs of Rabbi Mordekai ben Hamon, Rabbi Abraham ben Hamon, and others. The shrine, known locally both as the "tigimi n Yehudeen" and "marabout Juif" (House of the Jews in Arabic and French, respectively), is a large white structure. The moussem (pilgrimage festival) generally happens in May. Tip the gatekeeper after a tour—anything between 5 DH and 15 DH is fine.

Ouirgane, Morocco