10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a land of many beauties. If you ever end up traveling to the Kingdom, be sure to check out some of the most amazing spots that the beautiful country has offered.

1 – Madain Saleh

If you have time to visit only one place in Saudi Arabia, make sure it is Madain Saleh. Comprising of breathtaking nature and rich history makes it a prime destination for exploring for many days. 

Madain Saleh also consists of the tombs of ancient Nabatean people. The nearby town of Al-Ula contains a beautiful oasis, an old mud village, and a museum.

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2 – Najran

The extremely colorful city of Najran which is located on the border to Yemen offers travelers a mind-blowing and unforgettable experience. The city is full of beautiful architecture and history.

It is rated as the most tourist-friendly destination in the kingdom. Recommended: Places to Visit in Najran

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3 – Farasan Islands

A favorite diving point for many diving enthusiasts, the Farasan Islands are more than just beaches and sand. The island is home to many breeds of birds and is a frequent spot for many bird watchers.

The islands are also littered with historical sites. There are around 1300 islands in Saudi Arabia and most of them are located in this region.

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4 – Jabal Sawda

Jabal Sawda is the highest peak of Saudi Arabia. Al-Sawda area and the Asir National Park are breezy, lush paradise, best when traveled to in the hot months of summer. 

The park offers trekking paths, campsites, cable cars, and a variety of other outdoor activities. This is coupled with unique architecture and amazing people.

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5 – Wahba Crater

This volcanic crater is about 700km away from Riyadh towards Taif. The incredible scenery of this place comprises an oasis, some lava fields, and plenty of salt pans. This site is easily accessible on foot and hence provides an unforgettable camping trip.

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6 – Al Lith

This is a small town around 275 km south of Jeddah. This is Saudi Arabia’s best diving destination, featuring extremely clear waters and amazing and abundant marine life.

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7 – Taif

This mountain city in Saudi Arabia is famous for its beautiful roses and fragrant rosewater. During the spring season, flowers that cover the whole area achieve full bloom. Recommended: 10 Beautiful places to visit in Taif

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8 – The edge of the world

The edge of the world is one of the most exquisite and breathtaking views in Saudi Arabia. It is a part of the Jebel Tuwaiq Escarpment which in itself runs along an 800km stretch of land.

When the horizon is viewed from this point, the edge appears as if the plans keep on going without any end.

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9 – Qassim

The towns of Buraidah and Unaizah in the north of the Qassim region offer a rich cultural history and heritage. Unaizah comprises ancient farmlands, historical sites, and uniquely exquisite mosques. It also hosts one of the best traditional marketplaces.

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10 – The Empty Quarters

Last but not least is the Empty Quarter. Although the name may suggest it to be an empty place, it is filled with silence, wildlife and tranquility.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.