- Historical houses built from coral
- Scuba diving in the Red Sea
The country’s commercial capital, Jeddah, is the Red Sea’s main port and a gateway for primages to the Islamic holy cities Mecca and Medina.
In Al-Balad, step into the heart of Old Jeddah with its historical homes built from coral and bustling traditional souks.
The main archaeological attraction, the ancient ruins of Madain Saleh are considered the Saudi Arabian version of Petra in Jordan. Hewn from solid rock, the ruins are home to 131 tombs and funeral chambers, combining elements of Greco-Roman architecture with Babylonian imagery and rich in history.
Off the coast of Jeddah, spend the day scuba diving in the Red Sea, with plenty of reef, tropical fish and gorgeous turquoise waters.
Best time to visit: October to March