TAIF: Taif governorate has gained the lion’s share of the Kingdom’s domestic tourism volume, crowning it as the city of roses and the best Saudi summer city, due to its mild climate during summer and natural landscapes especially in the Al-Shifa and Al-Hada areas.
Taif is famous for its magnificent tourist attractions such as museums, parks, flea markets, fruits, roses and aromatic flower farms, as well as cultural attractions such as Souk Okaz, which has been improved by the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage through the organization of the Souk Okaz Festival during the past few years.
Here are some of the best places you can visit there:
Meral Oasis Resort
Meral Oasis Resort is one of the most prominent and luxurious resorts in Taif. This place includes a group of luxurious chalets and apartments, in addition to outdoor and indoor swimming pools, restaurants and cafes, and a park dedicated to children. It is the best destination for a long vacation in the city of Taif in the Kingdom.
This complex was named Tera Mall, which means French land, because its design was inspired by the international fashion capital Paris. When you enter it, you will be dazzled by the ancient French architecture, which reflects the atmosphere of the Champs-Elysées. In Terra Mall, you will find hundreds of stores of the most famous brands, as well as a chain of restaurants and a children’s entertainment venue.
Al Waaba crater
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hides unusual natural places, including Al Waaba crater in Taif. It is the largest crater in the Middle East, formed by volcanic activity that led to an underground explosion. You can visit this place to climb rocks, watch breathtaking views made by nature, wander around with relatives and friends, and take memorial photos.
Al-Urfa Mountain in Taif
It is an ancient rocky village, which includes an almost ruined historical castle. This destination is considered one of the most famous tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia, as it includes writings, inscriptions and rock art, dating back to ancient times. If you are a fan of archeology and exploration, you must visit Jabal Al-Urfa.
Okaz market in Taif
Souk Okaz is considered one of the largest ancient markets in the Arab region. Its beginnings go back to the year 501, and from that period until today, this place has attracted thousands of tourists from all over the world. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Kingdom, as it is a historical meeting place that brings together artists, writers and poets, and all those interested in Arab history. This market receives many educational events, in addition to the largest parties that are organized seasonally.
Shubra Palace Museum in Taif
Shubra Palace is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia, as it dates back to 1904. It was a palace of the royal family in the city, before it was converted into a historical museum that contains rare artifacts. Visit this place to enjoy its ancient architectural design, luxurious rooms, historical monuments and picturesque gardens.
The Sharif Museum is one of the most prominent tourist places in Taif. It is a national museum, covering an area of 5,000 square meters. This place has a collection of antiques, as well as a handicraft market and selling antiques.
Al Ruddaf Park
Al Ruddaf Park is one of the most popular tourist places for families in the Kingdom. Visitors can enjoy the green spaces in it, practice some activities such as jogging and walking, watch the shows of fountains in the artificial pool and wander around the city of roses in it.
Saiysad National Park
It’s also known as Taif National Park. It is a nature reserve, with stunning views that combine mountains, huge trees and flowing waterfalls. This place receives thousands of visitors who love wandering among nature and greenery. Also, this park includes entertainment games for the little ones.