Ta'if (الطائف in Arabic) is a city with population of half a million in the western Saudi Arabian province of Mecca. Located on the eastern side of the Al-Sarawat Mountains at an altitude of nearly 1,900 meter (6,200 ft), its somewhat more moderate climate and natural surroundings are probably the biggest attractions there (take note however, that the temperature still reaches 35 degrees Celsius / 95 Fahrenheit in summer!). Ta'if is also the summer home of the King of Saudi Arabia.
Besides the cooler climate, its relaxed atmosphere and majestic mountainous backdrop, Ta'if actually has quite a lot of tangible attractions too. First and foremost is probably Souq Okaz, the largest and most important pre-islamic souq in the country and a place of great historic importance in Saudi Arabia. As the original gathering place of poets and writers, this can in some ways be considered the cradle of Arabic culture.
Other notable sights are the Wadi Mitna (Muhammed's sanctuary), the Turkish Fort (once a military base and legend has it that Lawrence of Arabia fought here in 1917), Shubra Palace (built 150 years ago and now a museum), Al Rudaf Park with its granite rocks and the Ta'if rose plantation. A more modern attraction is the Ta'if Cable Car, which will take you above the towering mountains for fantastic views. [Review by travelindicator]
- Taif is a city in Saudi Arabia's region of Makkah. It has a population of 521,273, is situated at an altitude of 5479ft and the best airport to fly into is TIF (Taif, Taif)
- The currency used in Saudi Arabia is the Saudi riyal (SAR)
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