Rijal Almaa is a historical village located in the Asir region of Saudi Arabia. It is known for its unique architecture and is a popular tourist destination in the country. The village is situated in the mountains and is made of traditional stone houses, many of which are several centuries old.
Rijal Almaa contains around 60 multi-story buildings made of stone, clay and wood and with white framed windows with black and white chessboard patterns. In the past, Rijal Almaa was a regional trading centre, linking people coming from Yemen and the Levant with the cities of Mecca and Medina.
Tourists mainly visit the museum situated in the Al Al-wan Palace. This has been restored in the past years and in a very good shape.
Overall, Rijal Almaa offers a unique glimpse into Saudi Arabia's rich cultural heritage and is a must-see destination for anyone interested in history or architecture.
How to get to Rijal Almaa
The simplest way to reach Rijal Almaa is to drive by car from Abha (63km, 1h 11 minutes).
Accommodation
The city of Abha has a number of hotels and other accomodation options bookable via the international booking portals.
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