Half-day in Taif

Journey of the Mystic Rose

Half-day in Taif

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Taif: home of majestic mountains, fields of flowers, and an ancient market tradition that dates back hundreds of years.

  • Summer Palace of the Past

    Shubra Palace Museum

    Step back in time through the doors of the Shubra Palace Museum, once the royal summer residence of King Abdul Aziz and, later, King Faisal. A stunning throwback to old Taif, the museum’s architectural features include latticework windows and balconies, and pristine marble interiors.

  • A Rose - From Farm to Factory

    Al Qahdi Rose Factory

    There is an old Arab proverb that says, ‘if the rose comes, we eat and drink near it; if it departs, we do not regret it.’ Catch the harvest season between May and July before the roses depart, and fit in a visit to the 120-year-old Al Qahdi Rose Factory to see how the petals are made into perfumes, rose water and other products.

  • Souq Wandering

    The Taif Souq

    If Italians live in their piazzas, in Arabia, locals are found in their souqs. The Taif Souq, one of the largest in the country, sits in the heart of the beautifully renovated historic center and is a must-see market. Wander the stalls to find handicrafts, local honey and rose water and to sip on cup of refreshing mint tea.

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