Yemen – What To See

Village of Atefer - Haraz Mountains, Yemen

Village of Atefer – Haraz Mountains, Yemen

This information is not meant to encourage anyone to travel to Yemen (with the exception of Socotra Island) due to the current conflict.

My personal experience in Yemen was restricted to Sana’a and the Haraz Mountains due to time constraints. Thankfully, the Old City of Sana’a is arguably the most beautiful city in the world, strolling the streets is like stepping into an Arabian fairytale. The architecture is incredible, with facades resembling gingerbread houses decorated with vanilla frosting. One can easily spend a few days here exploring all that the Old City has to offer.

If you need to travel outside of the city, you can negotiate with a taxi driver or directly through your hotel to hire a driver and car for the day. Around the Haraz Mountains, the Imam’s Palace of Dar Alhajr is a popular destination and well worth a visit. Much further afield is Kawkaban, a town that sits high upon a plateau with outstanding views. It is possible to hike from Kawkaban to the valley if one so desires. There are accommodation options in this town and it would be a wonderful place to watch the sunrise and sunset.

Though I have not visited, I have heard outstanding reports from the area of Wadi Hadhramout, which includes the impressive architecture of Shibam (though travel to that part of Yemen is currently not permitted).  This area is best seen by paying for the hire of a driver and car. Also worthy of mention is the island of Socotra, famous for its flora, especially the iconic Amatah Tree.

The people of Yemen are friendly and keen to meet anyone travelling through their country, so there is always a welcoming face and smile not too far away.

My blogs about Yemen:

Where Tourists Fear to Tread Yemen 1
You Shall Be Named Muhammad Yemen 2


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