Situated 194km south of Sana‘a, Ibb boasts a strategic position on a high hill in the western foothills of the Ba’adan Mountains. Settled since early Islamic times, the town grew into an important administrative centre during the time of the Ottomans. Today it’s largely, and unjustifiably, ignored by most travellers. This is a shame because its chaotic market area and pretty old town are a pure delight to explore, and when combined with nearby Jibla, Ibb makes for a perfect overnight pause on the journey between Sana‘a and Ta’izz.
Ibb and its governate enjoy one of the highest rainfall levels in Yemen, which has given rise to the nickname ‘the green province’.