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Exploring the Enchanting Abha: A Journey Through Southern Saudi Arabia

Nestled in the lush Asir region of southern Saudi Arabia, Abha is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered by avid travelers and adventure seekers. The city offers a unique blend of natural beauty, culture, and history. My journey began at Abha Airport after an hour and 45 minutes from Riyadh city. The airport's design beautifully complements the surrounding landscape, making it an inviting introduction to the Asir region. From the moment I landed, I could feel the crisp mountain air and the promise of an unforgettable adventure.


Picture: Ala Bali Restaurant

High City: An Elevated Experience

As I ventured into Abha's "High City," I was greeted by the breathtaking sight of the Sarawat Mountains. The city is perched at an elevation of over 2,200 meters above sea level, which not only offers a refreshing climate but also stunning panoramic views. The cool air was a welcome change from the desert heat of Saudi Arabia's lowlands. This is a perfect place to explore local cafes while enjoying the fresh landscapes. Don't miss the chance to try traditional dishes at the local restaurants, we tried "Grape Leaves" in Ala Bali Restaurant (just under 10 minutes walk from High City), which are a true delight for the taste buds!


Picture: High City

Fatima Museum: A Glimpse into Asir's Heritage

My next stop was the Fatima Museum, a cultural treasure trove that provides a deep insight into the heritage and traditions of the Asir region. The museum showcases a rich collection of artifacts, including traditional clothing, jewelry, and handicrafts. Visitors can also learn about the region's history and architecture from Fatima herself. The museum's friendly staff are also more than willing to share stories and explanations about the exhibits, making it a great place to immerse yourself in local culture.

Rijal Almaa: A Step Back in Time

The following day, I embarked on a journey to Rijal Almaa, an enchanting village known for its well-preserved historic buildings. A short drive from Abha, this UNESCO World Heritage Site takes you back in time, with its ancient mud-brick architecture and narrow, winding streets. Exploring the village's intricately designed homes was like stepping into a living history book. Rijal Almaa's charm lies not only in its unique architecture but also in the warm hospitality of the locals.


If you have an itch to experience Abha's unique combination of high-altitude beauty, rich heritage, and welcoming locals, then check out or email to inquire about this itinerary. Abha is a destination that will leave you with lasting memories of your journey through southern Saudi Arabia.

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