The Top 5 Ultimate Eid Getaways In Southern Saudi Arabia


With the day of Eid falling midweek, a lot of people are getting unusually long Eid holidays this time around, numbering almost 9 days if you count the weekends too. So why not make the most of it by finally exploring Saudi Arabia’s beautiful south like you always wanted?

Whether you’re seeking relaxation on pristine beaches, adventure in the mountains, or cultural immersion in historic cities, Southern Saudi Arabia has something for everyone. If you’re having trouble finalising a place to hit up this Eid, then this list can help.

1. Farasan Islands

If you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to Saudi beaches, just wait until you lay eyes on the untouched shores of the Farasan Islands. With clear waters, coral reefs, and marine life galore, these islands are a nature lover’s dream. While the islands do get a lot of tourists during Eid, the best part is that you’ll still have a lot of these beaches to yourselves.

2. Abha

The problem with a lot of destinations in southern Saudi Arabia during Eid is that they don’t have spare hotel rooms. But because Abha is a huge city with a well-developed tourist infrastructure, you won’t have much of a problem on this count. Apart from the obviously amazing sites in the city, you even have a chance to make a daytrip (if you’re staying for longer) to many incredible places like Habalah or An-Namas that are located not far from here.

3. Najran

Steeped in history and culture, Najran is one for history buffs. You’ve got places like Ukhdood, which is an archaeological treasure trove, and then you have the Amarah Palace, which is a sight that’s almost like it was made for the ‘gram! Oh, and don’t’ forget to stock up on the fresh produce while you’re here.


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4. Fayfa

It’s not the easiest of places to reach, but once you do make your way up the winding mountain roads, you’ll be rewarded with scenery that’ll make you think you’re somewhere in the African highlands.

5. Al-Baha

People are friendly, the pace of life is relaxed, and you can just feel yourself unwinding as soon as you arrive. Al-Baha is brimming with attractions, from the majestic Shada Mountain to the charming village of Dhee Ayn and the enchanting Raghadan Forest. And if you have extra time on your hands, why not explore some of the region’s lesser-known villages that have stood the test of time? The place is invigorating, to say the least.


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