Makkah Region: Taif
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Activities in Taif

When in Taif, Go and Explore

  • Mountain peaks above the clouds

    Al Hada Mountain

    High above the valley that runs toward Makkah, Al Hada is home to playful baboons, rose fields and natural vastness. A serpentine road sweeps elegantly down the mountainside, as do ancient zig-zagging camel trails. As the sun sets and locals gather at lookout points, the rows of mountains on the horizon fade into a grayish ombré. Saudi’s longest cable car runs between the mountaintop and the wadi floor, where there’s a water park and toboggan slide at the Hijazi-style Al Kar Tourist Village.

  • Man with all of his market stall stock

    Taif Central Market

    Taif’s central market is a labyrinth of narrow alleys, which snake through sand-colored buildings to peaceful plazas. Laid out in themed areas, there are sections devoted to rich local honey, perfume (especially rose water and oil), Islamic clothing and jewelry. Street jewelers with blow torches work on silver rings inlaid with Yemini agate, while nearby shops sell elaborate pieces made of gold mined near Medina. And purveyors of ghee milk, oud, decorative swords and healing herbs are always on hand.
  • Taif’s rose fields

    Taif's Rose Fields

    Every year, the air in Taif fills with the sweet scent of the city’s famous 30-petal damask roses in bloom. More than 900 rose farms produce well over 300 million flowers, which are harvested to produce the world’s most expensive rose oil, or attar. See the entire operation firsthand with a guided visit to one of the city’s rose factories, or head to Taif’s central market to browse and buy rose-scented oil, water, fragrance and soaps.

Travel tips

  • Where to stay
    Options include the grand InterContinental Taif in the desert mountains north of town; Le Meridien Al Hada, near the Al Hada cable car, and the opulent Iridium in the heart of the city.
  • Where to eat
    Visit the iconic Ahlan Wasahlan to eat scoops of rice and chicken like the locals; Mashwe for the best charcoal-grilled meats; or Safi for Middle Eastern platters.
  • Where to have fun
    Take the curvy roads to Taif’s highest peak, Jabal Daka, where panoramic views and off-road adventures await, or escape to nature in the spectacular Saiysad National Park. A visit to Shubra Palace offers a chance to trace the footsteps of King Abdulaziz: this marble-floored building, once a royal residence, has been opened as a museum.
  • Rent a car
    Car rental companies including Budget and Hanco are dotted across the city, providing access to the surrounding mountains and desert.

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