Taif in summer can seem like a breath of fresh air, and compared to humid Jeddah it truly is. At 1700m above sea level, its gentle, temperate climate is its biggest attraction, and in summer Taif becomes the Kingdom’s unofficial capital. With wide, tree-lined streets, traditional architecture, a lively souq and beautiful surrounding scenery, it’s not hard to see why even the king relocates here.
Taif is known for the cultivation of roses and fruit – particularly honey-sweet figs, grapes, prickly pear and pomegranates. Over 3000 gardens are said to grace Taif and its surrounds.