Make Marrakech your end-of-festival-season destination, with the Oasis Festival which takes place 13th to 15th September. For the festival’s fifth instalment, the line-up features big names like Four Tet and electro-funk duo Chromeo, plus non-musical extras like yoga and local foodie delights. Simply lounge by the pool or dance your socks off to B2Bs galore, with sets going on until the very early hours. You can even extend your trip with the pre-festival wellness package of surf and yoga (8th to 12th September) in paradisiacal Taghazout on the Atlantic coast. And once the festival is over, why not stay on a little longer to explore Marrakech? Whether you’re here for a quick weekend jaunt or a week-long getaway, Riad Armelle and Riad Ifoulki both offer a traditional riad experience filled with oriental splendour and tranquil calm right in the heart of the city.
While the narrow streets of Marrakech’s medina are abuzz with hagglers, hustlers and hidden hammams, it’s also the best place to find hearty traditional meals for next to nothing. Close to the Marrakech Museum, locals and tourists alike dine together Bakchich, a seemingly hole-in-the-wall eatery with a stunningly intimate rooftop terrace. The sizzling tagines are the house speciality, ranging from spicy merguez, rabbit or a vegetarian fig, apricot and almond option. For adventurous foodies, head to Souk Talaa and ask any stallholder for Monsieur Fromage – they’ll happily point you in the right direction. His street-food specialty is juicy grilled lamb skewers – kidneys or chops – served with warm flatbread and tea. Make sure to get there early, as he’s usually sold out and shut up shop by 2pm!
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