Mecca is considered to be the holiest city for devotees of Islam, as it is home to their holiest place, the Masjid al-Haram
, also known as the Sacred Mosque. As is clearly stated on all travel guides to Mecca, this city is strictly only for Muslims making a religious pilgrimage to their most holy site, not for tourists.
Entry into the city is strictly controlled, and people going into Mecca first have to meet the criteria that are outlined by the governing body. There are many hotels near the Masjid al-Haram and other important areas in Mecca. Hotels in this area range from some of the most luxurious properties in the world to budget options. As Mecca is an important place for such a large population of people, it is highly recommended to plan as far ahead as possible to ensure accommodation.
Sightseeing around Mecca is of course centered on the religious pilgrimage, but there are also shopping centers and several dining options ranging from exclusive, 5-stsar restaurants to casual dining. The Abraj Al Bait Towers
offer a stunning view of the Sacred Mosque, definitely worth experiencing the panoramic views from the top floor.
Find out where the hotels, attractions, and must-see destinations of Mecca are located by exploring the interactive map on this page.