Park in Marrakesh

If the tightly woven medina alleys are making you miss nature's open spaces, escape to the palmeraie. Wrapped up in the legends of Marrakesh's beginnings, this sweep of greenery is now the haunt of hotels and chichi holiday homes where celebrities take time out from the limelight. Plenty of resorts here offer afternoon lunch-and-pool deals, while quad-bike and dromedary rides through the palms offer kids (and big kids) a slice of desert fun.