Abha Tourism
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Explore Abha

A city in the Asir region

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Activities in Abha

When in Abha, Go and Explore

  • Jabal Thera (Green Mountain)

    Jabal Thera (Green Mountain)

    One of Saudi’s more curious landmarks is Jabal Thera. Better known as the Green Mountain, this peak in the south of Abha is lit at night by neon green lights that emit a warm emerald glow across the city. Cable cars are the best way to get to the summit, where you can enjoy panoramic views from a Lebanese restaurant and cafe with a terrace.

  • Shada Palace

    Shada Palace

    Showcasing the traditional architecture of Aseer, this palace-turned-museum was built in the 1820s as a residence for royals and officials. Inside the mud-walled fortress, visitors can view an assortment of local crafts and household items. Climb to the top to see Shada Palace’s open roof that’s surrounded by high walls built for privacy — which is also the reason for the palace’s lack of windows. While much of Abha’s architecture is more modern, Shada Palace offers a glimpse of the area’s history.

  • Al Muftaha Village

    Al Muftaha Village

    Abha’s bohemian arts center, Al Muftaha Village is a beautiful little quarter around a mosque covered in calligraphy. Local creativity shines in this village that dates back 260 years. Find little galleries showcasing the colorful work of regional craftspeople and artists. Discover walls with bright murals, many incorporating the geometric patterns traditionally used to paint homes in the region. Venture into the small museums on either side of the mosque to learn the story of Abha’s artistic heritage, including how the quality of murals in a family’s home used to be instrumental in defining its social status.

Travel tips

  • Where to stay
    Take your pick from the iconic Abha Palace, with its glass pyramid and large spa overlooking Lake Saadd; the contemporary Bayat by Cristal; or the business-friendly Mercure Khamis Mushait.
  • Where to eat
    Opt for Nahran at the Abha Palace for Arabic dishes and lake views; the Green Mountain Restaurant for local classics and panoramic lookouts; N Lounge for quality Western dishes; and the revolving restaurant at the Assalam Palace Hotel.
  • Where to have fun
    Enjoy the best of Abha’s cool highlands with a walk around Abha Dam Lake, or visit Wadi Mahala to see where the region’s birds and wildlife cluster. At Souq Al Thulatha, also known as Tuesday market, browse for souvenirs in stalls stocked with incense, local honey and beautiful handmade crafts.
  • Rent a car
    Car rentals are available in town from Avis, Theeb and Budget, which are located on the road to Khamis Mushait.
  • Learn more
    Amazing Tours’ Colorful Culture trip includes a stop at the Al Habala hanging village, while Bondai’s evening tours feature the Shada Palace and Green Mountain. Alboraq’s two-day tour passes through the city and takes in the famed Rijal Almaa village.

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