1. High City: Sitting now where the Asir National Park once was, High City is one of the most popular tourist hubs in Abha City. The protected area resembles a city in itself, with retail outlets and fine dining restaurants lining the roads here. However, High City is best known for its views.
Owing to its altitude, walking in the area takes you through and across bits of stray clouds that wander about. The edge of the city looks right out to the valley, and promises magnificent views of the surrounding areas.
Location: 6169 King Abdul Aziz Rd, Al Shifa, 2970, Abha 62521, Saudi Arabia
2. Green Mountain: Green Mountain’s beauty is evident in its very name. Sitting right at the heart of Abha, this attraction promises splendid views of the city’s natural splendor.
A short cable ride takes one up to the mountain, and is regarded as one of the most enjoyable experiences in the city. Opening late in the afternoon, Green Mountain is a popular sunset visit, and is generally flocked with tourists through the evening.
Location: Jabal Thera, Abha, Saudi Arabia
3. Abu Kheyal Park: Nestled atop a small hill, Abu Kheyal Park is one of the most scenic tourist attractions in Abha City. Here, well paved trails snake their way across low lying mountains, offering the perfecting playing space for leisurely hikers.
The valley views offered here are breathtaking, and often a strong reason for visiting the Park. The park is lined with Jacaranda trees along its length which erupt in bright purple blossoms every Spring.
Abu Kheyal Park can be a great place for a casual stroll, a picnic with one’s family or simply a relaxed evening out. The Park features some children's play areas as well.
Location: Al Shifa, Abha 62521, Saudi Arabia
4. Art Street: Abha’s Art Street is an illuminating illustration of the city’s cultural wealth. Apart from the ten art galleries that line the area, Art Street also features several murals and installations set up by local artists. Illuminated at night, the street transforms into one of the most photographic destinations in the city.
It’s beauty is merely elevated by the Jacaranda treets that blossom here, adding a hint of purple to the chaos of color. Art Street features several hip cafes and restaurants as well.
Location: King Khalid Rd, Al Muftaha, Abha 62521, Saudi Arabia
5. The Fog Walkway: The Fog Walkway might just be the most visited places in Abha City, and deservingly. Sitting atop the Al Dabbab region, this pedestrian walkway travels along the mountain side, giving one the impression of walking through clouds. Overlooking the Tihama Mountains, the Walkway is an absolute delight among casual strollers and photographers alike.
The pedestrian road features benches on a regular interval for those that want to take a moment and simply admire the views. The Fog Walkway features some children’s playgrounds, green spaces and a few restaurants as well.
Location: Al Sahab Walk, Al Dabab, Abha 62522, Saudi Arabia
6. Al Muftah Art Village: The Al Muftaha Art Village was initially established to promote the work of local artisans; today, it is one of the most culturally relevant places to visit in Abha. The Artist’s colony features several galleries and exhibitions, where local artists are allowed to set up their work on display.
In fact, the architecture of the building itself reflects traditional Asirian designs. Apart from its exhibition spaces, the Art Village also features the King Fahd Cultural Center, Al Muftah Theater, and the Archaeological Centre and Media Centre.
Location: 6F8W+567, Al Muftaha, Abha 62521, Saudi Arabia
7. Abha Lake Viewpoint: Nestled by the Abha Dam, the Abha Lake offers a scenic getaway from the regular city spirit. Sitting in the middle of a desert city, the lake appears an anomaly, although a scenic one. There are some green spaces by the Lake Viewpoint where one can settle for a day picnic.
The Lake offers great views well, and can be quite the treat for photographers. However, the lake is often covered entirely in fog and remains invisible; it would be advisable, thus, to plan one’s visit according to the weather.
Location: King Abdul Aziz Rd, Abha Al Jadidah, Abha 62512, Saudi Arabia
8. Jabal Sawda: A short drive outside the main Abha City takes one to Jabal Sawda, the highest peak in all of Saudi Arabia. Jabal Sawda is a popular tourist favorite for many reasons, whether it be the cool climate here or the picturesque berry trees that line the mountain sides.
The peak offers several hiking trails, and is frequented by trekkers across all levels of expertise. One has the option to take a cable car ride to the peak as well, which is twice as enjoyable during sunset.
Location: Asit Mountain Range
9. Al Raqadi Museum: Although bestowed the title of a Museum, Al Raqdi is actually a collection of personal artefacts that reflect the artistic history of Saudi Arabia. The Museum was initiated by Muhammad Al Raqdi, and features heritage heirloom items including pottery works, lanterns, clothing and a private section just on photographs and paintings.
The Museum also houses the Asiri Council, with a traditional fireplace and a sitting room. Al Raqdi is also one of the best places to turn to for a traditional shopping experience. The Museum store not only sells a bunch of souvenirs, but several traditionally designed items as well, including crockery, clothing and jewelry.
Location: Thirah, Abha 62521, Saudi Arabia
10. Shamsan Ottoman Castle: Sitting at the base of a towering mountain, Shamsan Ottoman is striking in its ancient beauty. Although now in ruins, the castle grounds offer a magnificent backdrop for photography.
The main attraction here, however, is the series of tombstones that have been recently found near the castle wall’s foundation. The Castle grounds remain open throughout the day, and can be a great visit at night.
Location: Shamasan, 3738 - hayi, 8826 Abha 62521, Saudi Arabia