Morocco, Rock the Casbah
Beyond the Atlas Mountains of Morocco is one of our favourite desert hideaways – the Berber village of Merzouga. From here, the Ait Atta tribe lead expeditions to Erg Chebbi, whose soaring peaks of sand magically change colour from dawn to dusk.
The best way to experience the majesty of this soul-stirring scenery is to camp out in the dunes. You won’t have to rough it: Bedouin tents are appointed with double beds, kilims and cushions, and ingenious en-suite bathrooms. Follow a trail of lanterns to a crackling campfire for a feast of North African flavours, set under the starriest sky you have ever seen.
For a gentle transition back to reality, retreat to Dar Ahlam, a crenellated casbah in the remote desert oasis of Skoura. Set in walled gardens dripping with fountains and flower-filled bowers, it’s a luxurious immersion into desert culture, replete with folk dances, tea ceremonies, and fragrant tagines.
(images courtesy of C&P Sofikitis and Dar Alham-Maison des Rêves)