A hostel where you can sleep in a treehouse. What further recommendation does it need? (Although despite our initial treehouse enthusiasm, we opted for the far more luxurious looking chalets.) Breakfast and dinner are included, and the bar is great (candles, cushions, cat, G&T sundowner).
The beach is a short walk away through wooded ancient ruins, and it's just the perfect place to relax. Enjoy!
Go for chabakia in the foodmarket on the Djemaa el fna. It's the only cake I've had the pleasure of encountering that you have to dunk into your bean soup. Such dunking is compulsory, and livens up an otherwise boringly healthy dish no end. We were reliably informed that chabakia is made of flour, rolled in lots of honey and sugar, and then fried, which sounds much more believable than it being starfish, as we first thought (not such a startling assumption as we were surrounded by diners merrily tucking into sheeps' heads and giant snails). It's the perfect, sticky cake to chew on while you give away your tourist credentials by drinking mint tea sans sucre and arguing with your boyfriend about whether or not to buy a Moroccan toy drum.
Djemaa el fna at the bean soup stall
Nestled high in the Moroccan hillside is Volubilis, the most far-flung post of the Roman Empire. Play at Roman warriors, cobblers and vestal virgins in this small-scale Pompei; wide carriageways, intricate mosaics, olive trees and awe-inspiring, if rather time-rugged, arches make for marvellous photos and a great place to listen to the call to prayer and donkey brays from neighbouring valley villages.
Take the train to Meknes and then get a grand taxi.
A funky 'hostel' (more like a boutique hotel) bang smack in the middle of Fes Old Town. Rooms are spacious and elegantly-furnished, and the shower room is so fabulous you don't mind sharing it.
There's a roof terrace full of sofas (and even an outdoor shower) and also a very useful kitchen and washing machine. Great breakfast, Wi-Fi, cheap rates.
A peaceful yellow haven just a few steps away from the fabulous Djemaa El Fna. The four rooms (three doubles and a triple) are prettily-furnished in Moroccan-style, breakfast is delicious and the staff are helpful.
There's also a roof terrace and a plant-filled internal patio. Prices are good too, coming in at around £30 for the room.
25 derb ben amran , Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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