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Explore Al Baha

A city in the Al Baha region

Al Baha

Beguiling forests and winding valleys

Activities in Al Baha

When in Al Baha, go and explore

Marble village in the mountains

Dhee Ayn

Built on a white marble outcrop in the epic Bidah Valley, south of Al Baha, Dhee Ayn looks like an Arabian citadel has arrived on a Tuscan hillside. Often called the Marble Village, the cuboid buildings were made of stone and slate more than 400 years ago, and abandoned sometime in the 1980s. Exploring its narrow pathways today is an eerily beautiful experience, especially during the golden hours, when the light reflects on the white marble and the colorful mountains in the background. 

Silhouette of man walking in forest

Raghadan Forest Park

In the cool Sarawat mountains west of the city, Raghadan Forest Park was once a wilderness area but has been sensitively adapted for visitors, with a paved trail up into forested hills populated by impish baboons. From the top of the path, there are beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, including the winding road that leads to Dhee Ayn. Food stalls and barbecues mean it’s possible to do as the locals do, and dine up in the hills as the sun goes down.

Traditional village surrounded by greenerey

Sheda Village

Nestled halfway to the peak of Jebel Mussala Ibrahim is the hidden village of Sheda, offering dramatic views across the green cliffs and valleys of the Sarawat mountains. The picturesque drive up its slopes passes ancient, stone-made houses that dot the roadside, offering a glimpse of a time and communities past.

Travel tips

  • Where to stay
    Book into the traditional-style Capital O 309 Al-Faleh Hotel near the Alamalad Castle; the modern Saf Hotel amid the wild landscapes south of town; or, further down the road, the slick National Park Hotel, Baljurashi.
  • Where to eat
    Try Fifth Season for sizzling seafood platters; Signature for fresh raw fruit juices; Backyard Cafe for Arabic coffee and local dishes; and 65 Burger for slick, American-style burgers and fried chicken.
  • Where to have fun
    A drive along King Fahd’s Mountain Pass affords some of the best views in Al Baha, taking in scenic villages and deep valleys. For a glimpse of the Al Baha of old, tour the region’s ancient gold mining sites, before camping under the stars in the lush forests of Raghadan National Park.
  • Rent a car
    Theeb, Al Wefaq, Budget and Europcar all have branches in Al Bahah, opening up the winding roads and wild nature around the city.
  • Learn more
    MyTrip’s tours include visits to the marble village of Dhee Ayn and Raghadan forest, while Go Zahid also includes the Al Baha Museum. Bondai’s 4WD trips feature a hike up Shada Mountain.

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