Pitch up pala­tially in a Moroc­can desert

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In the UK, camp­ing in early win­ter en­tails soggy sleep­ing bags and gale-force winds. In Morocco, how­ever, this is the best time of year to spend un­der can­vas, with cool­ing breezes gust­ing in from the At­lantic. Up­grade your pitch by head­ing to Scarabeo – an en­camp­ment in the Agafay Desert with pala­tial tents adorned with wrought-iron lanterns and an­tique globes. When you’ve had enough of play­ing at be­ing a sul­tan, take a guided trek into the wadis nearby, with the snow-capped Atlas Moun­tains loom­ing on the hori­zon.


Scarabeo is an hour’s drive from Mar­rakesh (from £220; half-board). The camp can or­gan­ise trans­fers and trekking in the nearby land­scapes (air­port trans­fer £45, trekking from £65; scarabeo­camp.com). BA and easyJet fly di­rect to Mar­rakesh from Gatwick; Ryanair from Liver­pool, Lu­ton and Stansted (from £50; ryanair.com). Car hire from £15 per day (lo­ca­tio­nau­tomaroc.com).

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