Saudi Arabia is a beautiful destination which offers plenty of diversity in terms of cultures, a rich heritage and a unique selection of tourist experiences, as well as breath-taking landscapes which includes the Arabian Desert, dramatic mountains and stunning rivers. Saudi Arabia is also home to the Red Sea coastline which has lots of pristine beaches and offers amazing diving opportunities; some of the diving sites here have ancient shipwrecks, as well as colourful marine life including sharks, rays, barracudas, turtles and reef fish. Another fantastic wildlife attraction in Saudi Arabia is the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Wildlife Research Center, which is responsible for the conservation of endangered Arabian animal species including the red-necked ostrich and Arabian leopard. Shopping is another major leisure activity in Saudi Arabia; including contemporary high-end malls, traditional markets and gold souks. Brightsun Travel offers cheap holidays to Saudi Arabia, taking you to the heart of this Middle Eastern haven. Saudi Arabia is the original birthplace of Islam and therefore a very spiritual destination, home to the iconic Mecca and Medina, plus other wonderful jewels to explore including five World Heritage Sites. This desert country also specialises in traditional Middle Eastern cuisines which are renowned for their exotic and rich spices and flavours. Shawarmas, falafels and kabsa are the must-tries, and there are also various international cuisines on offer in fine dine restaurants across the country. Book a great value holiday to Saudia Arabia now, including hotel and flight packages to the beautiful destinations of Riyadh and Yanbu, and look forward to an array of unforgettable travel experiences.
King Saud Rd, Al Nasiriyyah, Riyadh 11564, Saudi Arabia
Wadi AlDawasir Street, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12211, Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah Rd, Al Naseem District, Jeddah 23233, Saudi Arabia
Movenpick Jeddah, 21211 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Al Hamra District, Al Hamra, 21000 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Currency: You’ll be spending Saudi Riyal.
Language: Arabic, though English is widely spoken.
Local Time: Three hours ahead of GMT.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately eight-and-a-half hours.
Tourist Information: Visit the official Saudi tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.
Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Saudi Arabia, British citizens need a valid passport and a short-term travel visa is required. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for Saudi Arabia.
A: Yes, visas must be applied for when travelling to Saudi. It allows a visit of ninety days. Arrange yours with Brightsun Travel.
A: November to February has milder weather.
A: Main tourist areas should be relatively safe, but seek trustworthy local advice about safe districts and join organised excursions if visiting Saudi.
A: Alcohol is completely forbidden, even in hotels.
A. Everyone should dress modestly at all times.
One of Riyadh's most popular attractions is the Masmak Fort. It features curtain walls and four watch towers constructed from mud and clay bricks. Inside are fascinating exhibitions that catalogue the history of Saudi Arabia. Works of art are in the city's National Museum. The Souk Al Zal is a traditional market that is well-known for its beautiful rugs. Other goods include perfume and handmade crafts. Hiking in the local countryside includes trips to the Jebel Fihrayn cliffs, also known as the Edge of the World. Activities in the Riyadh desert include quad biking and camel riding.
Yanbu Lake Park is a beautiful area of the city that includes gardens, a children's playground and picnic areas. The Subh Park has tree-lined pathways leading to the old harbour in Sharm Yanbu Bay. Nearby is a museum devoted to Lawrence of Arabia who lived in the picturesque building in 1916. The local beach has soft sand. It's also a popular place for scuba divers who can enjoy exploring the coral reefs and the remains of the nineteenth-century SS Iona. North of Yanbu lies the Al Nakhil mountains, with hiking trails, amazing views, and wildlife such as lynxes, wolves and ibex.
July is the hottest month at 40.5°C (105°F). January, the coldest month, reaches 25°C (77°F). Around 25 millimetres of rainfall during April. July is the driest month.
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