The perfect place to indulge those Lawrence of Arabia fantasies, Douz sits on the edge of the desert as it should be: an infinite sea of sand, the dunes postcard-perfect. The town’s fine for a wander, and if you’re here at the right time you’ll catch the incredible Sahara Festival, but it’s the sandy stuff that’s the real magic here. A camel ride is pretty much obligatory, and once out on your African steed, the lure of the desert is immediate. The elements are your true companions here: the shifting light and the winds. As you ride between oases, the Sahara swallows you in its endless expanse, its great silence.