Taif Souq

Top choice in Saudi Arabia

The Taif souq is one of the largest in Saudi Arabia and well worth a wander. Set in the tastefully renovated historic centre, where wonderful little squares with dancing fountains are filled every evening by the chatter of locals, the souq is a great spot to buy local products such as honey and rose water, as well as handicrafts. When the shopping's done, grab a mint tea and pitch up at one of the squares. People-watching here is a real delight.

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1. Beit Kaki

0.29 MILES

Built in 1943 as a summer residence for one of Mecca’s most important merchant families, Beit Kaki is among Taif’s finest buildings. The intricately…

2. Al Gadhi Rose Factory

0.44 MILES

The largest rose factory in Taif, the 120-year-old Al Gadhi Rose Factory is well worth a visit, particularly at harvest time (May to July), when it’s open…

3. Al Kateb House

0.67 MILES

Built by Mohammed Bin Abdul Wahed in 1897, this historic building features a mix of Hejazi and Roman architecture with Islamic flourishes. Last occupied…

4. Shubra Palace

0.78 MILES

The city’s museum occupies a beautiful house built in 1905 on the orders of Sharif Ali Pasha. The palace is the most stunning vestige of old Taif, with…

5. Al Shafa

14.49 MILES

Al Shafa, 25km southwest of Taif, is the highest mountain in the region and is accessed by paved roads. The 10,000-sq-metre Daka Mountain Park sits on the…

6. Jabal Rahmah


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