Abha is well-known for tourism in Saudi Arabia as there are many tourist places and spots to visit, things to do and attractions to explore in this beautiful city. The reason is obvious, its beautiful scenery, frosted mountain tops, and the cool breezes fascinate everyone.
Abha is highly respected for tourism because of the elevation of 2200m above the Red Sea, which gives Abha beautiful and pleasant weather the whole year round. What's so difficult to decide once you are here is that you can't pick the right tourist places and spots to visit, things to do and attractions to explore in this beautiful city. Therefore, we are here to help you out.
Abha Resort and the Abha Lake Dam
Make sure you spend some time at the New Abha Resort and the Abha Lake Dam as this is one of the main attractions and top places to visit in Abha. You can stroll around the beautiful and calm lakeside in the 300,000-square meter garden.
Moreover, you can dine in to enjoy some delicious food at the Abha Palace Hotel, accompanied by beautiful views of the lake and the lighten up city. You can also avail the scenic cable car ride from the resort to the Green Mountain which is one of the specialties here.
Hanging Village down in Habala
Hanging Village in Habala is one of the best tourist spots or places to visit and things to do in Abha. This village is accessible only by ropes since the whole village was built halfway down a cliff so the people at that time could feel protected from the Ottomans and it is something which dignifies Abha tourism a lot.
To reach Habala one must take a thrilling Cable Car Ride. This village truly brings much of the history and culture however it has been much commercialized over the years though it should be visited.
Cable Car Ride to the Green Mountain
As mentioned earlier that one of the best things to do in Abha is to take a Cable Car Ride to the Green Mountain from the resort. Yes, Green Mountain is in our list of tourist places to visit in Abha. It takes you to the Green mountain where you can enjoy many restaurants and beautiful views along the way.
Asir National Park
If you are visiting Abha for a couple of days, Asir National Park is something which must be on your things to do and tourist places to visit in Abha. Take a trip to the Asir National Park with the Asir Tourism Board, such as Al Qaraa, Al Souda, Al Wardeh, Dalafan, Al Hassab and Al Jarrah.
You can wander endlessly along the parks and discover the forests that are home to nearly one hundred and seventy different species of birds.
If you are a tourist looking for some places to stay in Abha, you are doing it all wrong as your stay should be on Sawda or Soudah area. In Sawda area, you will find the tallest peak in Saudi Arabia, Jabal Sawda which is nearly 2910m high and a must visit tourist place in Abha.
I would not be wrong in stating that Jabal Sawda or Sawda mountain promotes Abha tourism a lot. The weather here is pretty good and ties the whole atmosphere together. Recommended: 10 Facts about Jabak Sawda
Rijal Alma, the stone village
Your trip to Sawda will remain incomplete if you don’t visit Rijal Alma, the stone village which is again a great tourist place to visit in Abha. The best thing you can do to reach this place in Abha is to take a cable car and visit Rijal Alma.
Here you can visit the museum and library, enjoying the food at the traditional restaurant and once you've eaten enough you can enjoy a stroll in the beautiful Valley.
Paragliding and taking mountain bikes down hills
If you've got the will and determination the best thing to do in Abha is to try on the extreme sports here such as paragliding and take mountain bikes down hills. During the summers a French group organizes mountain climbing programs too at mountains near Habala. Challenge yourself and put yourself up to adventures!
Shada Palace and Al Milfa Palace
If you've done much of the difficult stuff, give yourself the time to wander around Abha to discover the buildings and their beautiful architecture by visiting tourist places like Shada Palace, Al Milfa Palace and many old mud houses located all around Abha. You must make sure to visit the Al Miftaha village turned museum to see how the old cultures of the area.
You don’t need to go to any particular tourist place or spot in Abha to see Arabian Baboon. You will be able to spot Arabian Baboon easily around the mountain roads.
You must take care though that your children you not tease them with food since they may make attempts to grab it. They are always in need to find food and try to get it by meeting tourists about.
Tuesday Market (Souq al Thulatha)
The last thing to do in your Abha visit is to visit a special place called Tuesday Market. If you are looking for a shopping destination make your way to the Abha's Tuesday Market (Souq al Thulatha) and its neighboring Khamis Mushayt's Thursday Market (souq Al Khamis).
In the Tuesday Market, you can find separation women vendors that display colorful straw baskets, dresses, jewelry etc. In the Thursday you can find silver and gold Bedouin Jewelry common amongst the people of the region. Other things that are popular are white or gold honey, daggers, frankincense and shab (white powder used as deodorant and antiseptic)