Surrounded by lush forests and towering mountains, Al Bahah is a far cry from the sun-baked deserts that have made Saudi Arabia famous. Instead, it lures holidaymakers in with its cool climate, stunning scenery and fascinating local history.
Things to do in Al-Baha
Home to over 50 forests and reserves, Al Bahah is a haven for local wildlife. Raghadan Forest Park is perfect for an afternoon stroll or family picnic. Keep an eye out for Arabia baboons swinging in the trees. Adventurous travellers will jump at the chance to hike, rock climb and mountain bike in the Sawarat Mountains and Jebel Heznah outcrop.
Built on top of a low-lying marble mountain, Zee Al-Aynn is just one of many historic villages that dot the Al Bahah mountains. A natural spring flows throughout the year, which makes the village feel like a hidden oasis. The city is over 400 years old and features an array of ancient homes and courtyards.
Al Bahah is dotted with stone-made towers known as qasaba", built to protect the region's villages and plantations from invading tribes. As you drive around the city you'll see hundreds of towers watching over the countryside.
For a glimpse at the region's colourful past, don't miss the Al Bahah Museum for Antiquities and National Heritage. It was opened by the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage and offers a fascinating glimpse at prehistoric Al Bahah, the Islamic era and the Saudi unification movement.
Getting around Al-Baha
The easiest way to explore Al Bahah is by car. In the city centre, taxis are a convenient way to get around. Al Baha Domestic Airport is located 45 kilometres east of the city centre. If you're driving to Jeddah or Mecca, allow around four hours.