Situated 1700m above sea level, Taif can seem like a breath of fresh air in summer, and compared to humid Jeddah, it truly is. Its gentle, temperate climate is its biggest attraction. Watch for wild baboons along the mountain roadside on the way into the city from Jeddah.
Taif is family friendly, with more than 3000 garden parks scattered throughout the city and outlying areas; in the evening the parks are packed with families spreading out a full supper on blankets. Some bring shisha, filling the night air with a sweet, smoky aroma.
In summer Taif becomes the Kingdom’s unofficial capital when the king relocates here.