Saudi Arabia is one of the top places to travel in the Middle East with a diverse range of destinations. You won’t run out of fun and memorable things to do here, this country will really suprise you.

Whether you want to learn more about Islam, immerse yourself in Muslim culture and history, and go on various land, sea, and even air adventures, you can do all these in Saudi Arabia.


Best Time of Year to Visit Saudi Arabia

With the weather not too hot and not too cold, going to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in Spring is a great idea.

Since the weather is milder during Spring, you won’t feel too tired and hot as you hop from one tourist spot to another. And because of this, you’ll get to visit more places every day and make the most out of your holiday here.


Top Places to Visit in Saudi Arabia

If you want to spend your spring holiday in Saudi Arabia, ensure you put these must-visit tourist attractions on your itinerary:


1. Al Balad

Jeddah, Al Balad

Located in Jeddah, Al Balad, which means “The Town” in English, was founded in the 7th century. It was once the city centre due to its proximity to the Jeddah Port.

Al Balad is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Saudi Arabia, making it one of the most popular tourist spots in this country.

Al Balad is known for its traditional architecture. The area has buildings over 500 years old, which are preserved and well-maintained so that you will feel you are transported to the city’s olden times.

While here, be on the lookout for the centuries-old coral tower houses. These beautiful buildings made of corals from the Red Sea feature intricate designs and mashrabiyas or  traditional colourful wood-latticed balconies.

Also, visit Naseef House, the royal residence of King Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s founding father. It is now a museum and cultural centre, one of the best places to learn about the history and heritage of the country.

For a bit of lore, visit the Tomb of Eve, which is located in a cemetery in Al Balad. This archaeological site is considered by some Muslims to be the burial place of Eve, the first woman and grandmother of humanity.


2. Quba Mosque

Quba Mosque

Madinah (Medina) is celebrated as the place from which Muhammad established the Muslim community (ummah).

The Quba Mosque is said to be the first and oldest mosque in the history of Islam. This historical place of worship, built sometime in the 7th century, is found in Madinah.

The current mosque has seven main entrances, four minarets, and 56 mini domes surrounding the perimeter. Most of its structure and interior features, including the minbar and mihrab, are composed of white marble.

Quba Mosque has a rectangular prayer hall raised on a second story podium, which is connected to a cluster of ablution facilities, offices, shops, residential areas, and a library.

The mosque’s courtyard is another highlight of this historical landmark. It is made of black, red, and white marble.

Even if you can’t enter the mosque, you will still be amazed by its architecture and courtyard, all of which will look great on your social media feed.


3. Makkah

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Makkah (Mecca) is one of the holiest cities in the world, and the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and Islam faith itself.

Dating from the 7th century, the central Masjid al-Haram (Sacred Mosque) surrounds the Kaaba, the cloth-covered cubic structure that’s Islam’s most sacred shrine. 

Millions visit every year for the annual Hajj (pilgrimage) every year.

If you aren't a Muslim you aren't able to visit the city, documents are checked before entry is allowed. 


4. At-Turaif District, Riyadh

At-Turaif District, Riyadh

Riyadh is home to the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage site – the At-Turaif District.

At-Turaif District was the original home of the country’s royal family and represented the capital of their dynasty until 1818.

The district is famous for its Najdi architectural style, a traditional design specific only to the Arabian Peninsula.

Aside from the architecture, At-Turaif features alleyways and artefacts that give you glimpses of what Riyadh looked like in the past.

This historical district also has museums where you can see interesting weapons, handicrafts, and utensils made in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

While you’re here, drop by the Imam Mohammad bin Saud Mosque, Saad bin Saud Palace, Salwa Palace, and At-Turaif Bath House, popular tourist attractions that are also worth visiting.


5. Mada’In Saleh

Mada’In Saleh

Located in Al Hijr and situated near Al ‘Ula in Medina, Mada’In Saleh is an archaeological site with numerous ancient tombs carved into the sandstones.

It is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Saudi Arabia.

Mada’In Saleh was also called Hegra by the Nabataeans, ancient nomadic tribes. They carved the monumental tombs, which number around 131.

The tombs are finely carved facades with uniform styles and feature inscriptions that give visitors an idea about what the engravings are about and the fascinating life and culture of the Nabateans.

Mada’in Saleh is one of the most important archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia. Its history and appearance make it another valuable archaeological find and a must-visit place in the country.


6. Al Wahbah Salt Crater

Al Wahbah Salt Crater

The Al Wahbah Salt Crater is another natural wonder popular among locals and tourists in Saudi Arabia. It is a world-famous attraction due to its resemblance to the moon’s surface you often see in films and TV shows.

The crater was formed years ago by underground volcanic activity. The bottom is covered with white sodium phosphate crystals, giving the area an eerie yet stunning look and vibe, particularly during sunset or sunrise.

If you’re feeling adventurous, take a closer look at the crater by following a trail with roughly carved steps leading to the base. However, be prepared for a long trek and make sure you wear hiking boots.

The Al Wahbah Salt Crater has designated viewing and picnic areas where you can get incredible views of the crater and its surroundings. You can also enjoy a snack or meal in one of these spots as you take in the stunning sceneries.

If you want to learn more about the crater, drop by the visitor centre, which has a museum where you can get detailed information about the structure of this natural wonder and what it is made up of.


7. The Edge of the World

Saudi Arabia, Edge of the World

Known locally as Jebel Fihrayn, this breath-taking natural wonder is located in the northwest part of Riyadh.

The Edge of the World is part of The Tuwaiq cliffs formed about 50 million years ago.  This area stretches about 500 miles from central Saudi Arabia to Al-Qasim and the Edge of the Empty Quarter, which is found in the southern region of the country.

As its name implies, you’ll feel like you’re on the edge of the world as you stand on the cliff overlooking the endless horizons, valleys, and rocky deserts in the distance.  

Getting to the Edge of the World is an adventure itself. You’ll traverse rough roads and deserts, allowing you to see and capture additional stunning natural sceneries.

To reach the Edge of the World, you can sign up for a day tour or if you’re feeling adventurous, rent and drive an SUV to the place.


Other Top Things to Do

Saudi Arabia is now one of the top sporting destinations in the world with huge mega stars like Christiano Ronaldo and Neymar moving to play football here in recent years.

You can get tickets to league games to see some of the most recognisable global players plying their trade here. Throughout the year the country also hosts other huge sporting events include heavyweight boxing fights.


Where to Stay

Don’t forget to look at hotels in Saudi Arabia online as far in-advance as you can to get the best deals and prices. There are options for all budgets, from cheap hotels to luxury resorts. When you stay at a great hotel and visit the locations on our list, you’ll have an unforgettable trip to Saudi Arabia.