The city of Makkah itself is only accessible to Muslims. Each year, it bears witness to the Hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty that must be performed by every able Muslim at least once in their lifetime, and which draws millions each year. Holy sites in the city include the sacred Ka’aba, located in the heart of the Masjid al-Haram, or Grand Mosque, while the circling mountains house the historic Cave of Thawr, where the Prophet sought refuge from the Quraysh tribe, and the revered Jabal Rahmah, where he delivered his last sermon.
In Jeddah, immerse yourself in Saudi Arabia’s oldest and liveliest city, where bustling souks, old-world architecture and world-class cuisine draw throngs of visitors each year. Discover the pristine Red Sea coastline that is home to white sandy beaches and spectacular dive sites, or glimpse into the past in Jeddah’s Al Balad historical district.
For a weekend getaway, head to the southwestern city of Taif, where the combination of fresh mountain breezes and dense, cool greenery have earned it the unofficial title of Saudi’s summer capital. Explore the souks, picnic in the garden parks, and keep an eye out for the wild baboons that gather at the sides of its highways.
With its long stretches of sandy beach and cool walkways, Jeddah Corniche has always been one of the city’s main draws. Following a major revamp in 2017, which added three new swimming bays, a pier and lush parklands, the area is now a must-see destination, blending in seamlessly with Jeddah’s cosmopolitan appeal.
Make a night-time trip to enjoy the illuminated spectacle of the world’s tallest fountain.
From dune bashing to camping under a canopy of stars, experience the best of Jeddah’s desert.
Head to the famous Central Fish Market for bustle, bargains and Jeddah’s best fish.
Experience the magic of AlUla while enjoying world-class performances.
With a wealth of world-class dive sites, Saudi Arabia represents one of the most exciting diving destinations.
Mesmerizing sea life is on show at this family-friendly attraction.
Originally designed to speed Muslim pilgrims from Damascus to the holy cities of Makkah and Medina.
Journey back to early Jeddah and trace the rise of Saudi’s most dynamic city.
Jeddah may be the cultural capital of Saudi Arabia but it also boasts some of the country’s most spectacular private beaches.
Al Wahba crater is one of Saudi Arabia’s most dramatic natural wonders: a vast hollow with an opaque lake at its heart.
Rising from the Jeddah coast, Al Rahma mosque is a marvel of art and architecture.
Our pick of the city's work-friendly cafés where you can dash through projects, fueled by caffeine and good food.
From outdoor museums to up-and-coming local artists, here's our shortlist of Jeddah's top outings for art aficionados.