Saudi Tourism in Yanbu
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Explore Yanbu

A city in the Madinah region

Yanbu

Peaks, the Red Sea and history

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Activities in Yanbu

When in Yanbu, Go and Explore

Sunset over mountain peaks with waterfalls

Discover Radwa Mount

To the northeast of the city, Radwa Mount is a colossal icon that stands 2,282 meters tall. Throughout the years, its jagged peaks and curious red color have inspired many Arabic poets, including Hassan Ibn Thabit, one of the sahaba, or companions, of the Prophet Muhammad. Radwa is the highest point in the Al Nakhil range, which is known for its honey and wild nature, with wolves, lynx, tigers and ibex roaming the landscape. There are regular tours from Yanbu to explore this place of poetic beauty.

Coral-stone buildings against evening sky

Visit the Home of T.E. Lawrence

Surrounded by evocatively crumbling coral-stone buildings, the home where T.E. Lawrence, author of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom and inspiration for Lawrence of Arabia, once lived has been restored as a museum to the British officer’s remarkable story. The young Lawrence lived here in 1915 and 1916. Locals had left the house to decay, fearing it was haunted. Now renovated, it is a place to soak in the story of a complex man who changed the Arab world forever.

Diver exploring coral reef

Explore Red Sea Diving and Waterfront Activities

You can enjoy some of the best diving in Saudi Arabia in the warm, rich waters off Yanbu, and a handful of dive centers in the city cater to underwater adventurers. Even in winter, the water in this part of the Red Sea never drops below 20 degrees Celsius. Popular sites include Seven Sisters, best-known for its hammerhead sharks, though tiger sharks and tuna are often seen around the walls of coral too; Abu Galawa, a paradise island surrounded by coral grottoes, sharks and schools of barracuda; and the wreck of the SS Iona, now a beautiful living reef. Prefer to stay above water? Head to Yanbu Waterfront for fishing and bird-watching — it’s a great place to introduce young travelers to wildlife observation.

Travel tips

  • Where to stay

    During your winter getaway, choose from the five-star Mövenpick Hotel, with its stunning pool; the slick, business-friendly Novotel close to the corniche; the motel-style Holiday Inn, with its striking desert architecture; or the brisk and modern Ibis.

  • Where to eat

    Want fast food? Patch Burger serves up American-style burgers, while Al Zaeem is a classic Saudi fried chicken joint. The best options for Yanbu’s famous seafood are Al Marsah and the Najil Arab Seafood Family Restaurant.

  • Where to have fun

    Enjoy al fresco fun in the landscaped gardens and fountains of Yanbu Lake Park or take a sunset stroll along the palm-lined waterfront of the city’s corniche. See Yanbu’s heritage brought to life at Radwa Museum and downtown, in the beguiling streets, souqs and buildings of the old district.

  • Rent a car

    Car rental companies, including Enterprise, Budget, Al Wefaq and Theeb, are dotted along the King Abdulaziz Road, which links the new and old cities.

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