Some of the most stunning villages in Saudi can be the toughest to find. But if you take the time to step away from areas like Jeddah, Riyadh, and Mecca, and you can discover some of the country’s most stunning secrets.
So here’s three of the prettiest villages you can hope to come across:
Tucked away in southwest Saudi, Ta’if is an ideal stop-off point for pilgrims undertaking Umrah or Hajj. Surrounded by the Shafa mountains, Ta’if is an oasis in the arid region – despite the city being known for its production of foods and horticulture. Visitors can taste fresh pomegranates, grapes and dates while you’re there. The village is also known for its rose cultivation and is home to the world-famous Wardh Taifi or ‘the Rose of Ta’if’. If you are able to time your visit for a period in April you can see the harvesting of the roses for distillation into the area’s world-famous oil that is used in the globe’s finest perfumeries.
Go Here: If you want to taste amazing foods and be surrounded by the scents of desert flowers.
An ideal stopover point for pilgrims wanting to take a walk in the woods, Dhee Ayn is located in Al Bahan in southwest Saudi. With a more mild climate than the rest of the country enjoys, the area has become a hot-spot for tourists looking to pay a visit to its number of forests including Ghomsan, Fayk and Raghdan. But the real hidden gem in this area is Dhee Ayn or ‘marble’ village in Bidyah Valley. Carved into a marble rock outcropping, this stunning village stands out for miles around. Thanks to its proximity to local transport route, your provider can easily look into securing a local tour-guide to take you around the perfectly preserved city and truly step into Saudi’s ancient past.
Go here: For a walk in the woods and to get in touch with days gone by.
Old Al Ula
If you’re really looking to get a perspective on history, there’s nowhere better than the abandoned ruins of Old Al Ula in northwest Saudi. First built in the 6th century, some of the remaining structures and buildings preserved by the desert climate are over two-thousand years old. Despite this advanced age, the area was still being used right up to 1985 - with former denizens migrating to the nearby town of Al Ula. This gives you a perfect opportunity to find a guide to take you through the dusty, winding streets for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.
Go here: To get in touch with the past before it disappears forever.