Pitch up palatially in a Moroccan desert
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.
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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).