Pico Iyer’s biggest holiday challenge used to be ‘filling the days till they burst’. But nine days in the desert of Namibia with nothing much to do was a liberating experience
This wild Atlantic coast, south-west of Bordeaux, is backed by forests and nature reserves and includes the finest sandy beach in France. Yet even in mid-summer you can have it to yourself
Iran’s Dasht-e Lut with its giant dunes, salt plains and kaluts provides an epic journey of breathtaking beauty and wilderness, as seen in these images from a 15-day trek with Secret Compass
Red dunes turn white as record snowfall blankets desert near town of Aïn Séfra in Algeria
Operation Safe Sea could mean €200 penalties for anyone trying to mark their place on country’s public beaches
The surging surf, exotic wildlife and dramatic settings of South Africa’s beaches place the country among the best for shoreline experiences.
Pastel-coloured palaces, beach-side design hotels, family-friendly farmhouses – and all bookable for under £100 a night. Here’s a pick of Portugal’s best value stays