Welcome to the cradle of Mediterranean civilisations – the Middle East and North Africa is beautiful, complex and utterly beguiling. Archaeological sites are scattered here like seeds, from the walls of Jericho and the Pyramids of Giza, to Petra’s Treasury and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. This is a land that knows how to treat its visitors – hotels are dripping in luxury with seamless service to match. Action abounds too during North Africa and Middle East holidays, from the sand dunes of Wahiba Sands, to hikes in Dana Biosphere Reserve and sunrise kite surfing sessions in the hippie town of Essaouira. Feeling hungry? Pull up a pew in one of Tel Aviv’s market stalls for flavour-packed dishes with a fresh touch.