From Roses to Reefs: Best of Saudi Summer Escapes

From shimmering coastlines lapped by turquoise waters to mountains shrouded in clouds, Saudi unwinds as a kaleidoscope of breathtaking landscapes and ancient treasures. Time-worn relics whisper tales of bygone eras, while bustling souks lure with the aromas of spices. From misty mountain valleys cloaked in secrets to culinary journey, Saudi beyond your imagination, even in summer.


Swing into summer in style at Jeddah’s waterfront as it emerges as the ultimate hub for those looking for an unforgettable family vacation. Picture yourself engulfed by the Red Sea breeze or wandering through long-lived coral-painted houses in the iconic Al-Balad quarter. First up, ride the thrilling waves at one of many Jeddah’s water parks. Jump into a world of fun with action-packed water slides or relaxing floats along lazy rivers. One can get up close with the marine marvels at the Fakieh Aquarium, an entertainment complex that is teeming with sea life. Next, head to the waterfront, where the west coast’s finest water sports await. Plunge into the crystal-clear shallows or indulge your adventurous spirit with exhilarating water sports or simply laze on the sandy beaches as you watch the sun set and paint the sky in magical hues.

Dive into the Red Sea

As a diving destination, Saudi is relatively undiscovered, which means its underwater landscape is pristine and untouched. From the Farasan Island Marine Sanctuary in the southern Red Sea, to a wreckage site near Jeddah, to the colourful reefs in Yanbu, prepare to be amazed by the underwater wonders here. It gets better as the summer sun dips below the horizon; the Red Sea unveils a spell-binding nocturnal realm perfect for intrepid divers chasing an otherworldly adventure. With balmy waters reaching up to 30°C (86°F), it’s the right season for night diving to witness its night dwellers in their full glory as they paint the depths with a riot of colours and patterns. Summer nights also transform the underwater landscapes into a bioluminescent wonderland, with twinkling marine creatures creating a starry spectacle unlike any other.

Castles, Clouds & Cable Cars in Abha

Head to the misty hideaway of Abha, a mountainous oasis perched at 2,200 metres in Saudi’s Sarawat Mountains. This exceptional summer haven invites you to wander among the clouds, as you come across upon ancient castles and palaces. Even in the warmest months, Abha’s plains, cliffs, and rich biodiversity remain cloaked in a refreshing cool weather. Complete your summer retreat with a ride on Abha’s famous cable cars, offering panoramic views of the majestic Sarawat Mountains as you soar among the clouds.

Finding Serenity in Al-Baha

Nestled within lush juniper, acacia, and olive trees, the Al-Baha boasts an appealing blend of natural beauty and rich history. From the fascinating Raghadan Forest, adorned with vibrant flowers and amidst misty mountain peaks, to Dhee Ayn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dotting its highlands, this province promises a journey of discovery and wonder. The Raghadan Park is a hub of activity and cultural events throughout the summer, drawing locals and travellers. Covered with evergreen juniper trees, even the air is infused with a delightful fragrance.

A Fragrant Summer in Taif

As the summer sun beats down on the heart of Arabia, a floral oasis awaits in the cool highlands of Taif. Known as the City of Roses, Taif is one of the most popular staycation destinations. Imagine strolling through sprawling rose farms, where over 700 fragrant fields roll down the eastern slopes of the Sarawat Mountains. Here, the Flowermen welcome you with tales of their ancestral craft and the life journey of Taif’s precious blooms, from delicate planting to artisanal packaging. Perched at an altitude of 1,700 metres, this cloud-kissed sanctuary also offers a tranquil respite from the heat and a chance to explore the city’s monuments and museums, eclectic markets, and thriving gardens.

Live life King size in Riyadh

The Saudi capital seamlessly intertwines ancient heritage with soaring modern marvels, inviting you to immerse yourself in a world where old meets new in the most mesmerising ways. Wander through maze-like souks, where the aroma of exotic spices mingles with whispers of centuries-old secrets. Turn your gaze to the futuristic skyline, where dazzling skyscrapers symbolise Riyadh’s bold embrace of progress. At the iconic Kingdom Centre, the sky bridge offers breathtaking city views from its steel-made, 99-story structure. Riyadh is also a haven for luxury shopping and fine dining. Indulge in a culinary quest that reflects the capital city’s passion for the good life, with an array of top-notch restaurants offering dishes from around the globe.

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