The unofficial summer capital of Saudi Arabia is a refreshing change from the extreme heat and crowds of Riyadh. The mountains and fields of Al Taif give it a lush and comfortable environment, and the roses that seem to fill the city give it a special charm.
Because Al Taif is located within the same province as the holy city of Mecca, non-Muslim travelers who wish to see Al Taif will have to take a special detour which will add an additional 110 kilometers to their journey, in order to make sure that non-Muslims do not go through Mecca on their way to Al Taif. Of course, it’s also possible to just fly directly to Taif Airport
and avoid the risk and prolonged drive altogether.
The climate of Taif is that of a quiet agricultural town with a much cooler breeze than its neighboring cities. This is probably why the Saudi royal family and government all relocate to Al Taif every summer. There is plenty to see around the city, most of which center around the many gardens and plants as well as mountains which surround the city. Spend a day among the roses in King Fahad Garden
, or head out to the south of Taif to explore the popular Al Rudaf Park
. The park is a large national park featuring granite rocks and even a zoo, the perfect destination for a day trip among nature.
There are many more parks and other attractions in Al Taif, and the best way to discover what else this city has to offer in terms of landmarks and hotels is by exploring the interactive map on this page.