A city in the Medina region
Stretching back seven centuries, the Old Town is both a good reminder of the city’s historical importance in trade and pilgrimage, as well as the perfect start of your exploring AlUla. Keep an eye out for the citadel along the eastern edge!
Old Town of AlUla
As the first World Heritage property inscribed in Saudi Arabia, Hegra is one of the few conserved sites of the ancient Nabataean civilization. Take some time to study the decorated facades … some of which date all the way back to the 1st century BC!
It’s easy to see how this geological marvel earned the nickname “Elephant Rock” — millions of years of wind and water erosion carved this monolithic red sandstone sculpture into a modern-day masterpiece. Any time of day makes for a great visit, but viewing this treasure while the stars twinkle overhead is particularly magical.
Ancient inscriptions adorn the rock formations all around the mountain Jabal Ikmah. There are thousands of them — so many so that it’s earned the moniker “Saudi Arabia’s Open Library.” Like any library, you can spend hours here, enchantingly lost in a world of discovery.
A swift departure from the mudbrick and stone structures previously listed, Maraya is every bit as captivating. Whether you’re patrolling the exterior to admire the 9,740 mirrored panels reflecting AlUla’s scenery like a mirage or lucky enough to attend a concert or performance inside, you’re bound to have goosebumps.
There’s really no better way to experience a real-life oasis than to plunge into it — a peaceful stroll through the millions of palms and citrus trees along this 2.9-km trail is downright enchanting. Be sure to find a shady spot to stop and sip fresh orange juice!
As ancient as this city is, tourism is a new(er) endeavor. As far as vacation planning goes, these are nearly uncharted waters. Having a professional on your side from planning to the plane ride home is worth its weight in gold. Connect with a travel agent today to get started.
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