In the Sarawat (Sarat) mountains between Al Bahah and Abha there are several ancient villages,
forts and palaces. These are all not very well known (in fact tourist guides do not mention them) and are in various restoration stages.
The Al Malad heritage village is located a few km east of Al Bahah and lies on the border between the Bani Abdullah tribe and the Bani Zabyan tribe on a rocky outcrop, along the highway 15. The village is more than 500 years old. Around it, almonds, grapes, apricots, apples, prickly pears various cereals were cultivated. On its highest point there is a fort with two towers, which nowadays houses a café. Attached to these two towers is a building that served as a council and dealt with political, social and commercial affairs.
The village of Al Touf lies 124km south of Al Bahah, near the village of Al Shaaf on top of a small hill. It consists of a number of white houses which are being restorated by the local population.
70km further south there is the city of Al Namas. Here there is the Al-Siddiq district where there are some heritage buildings: the Turban palace, a large stone palace with towers and the Al Namas museum which houses a collection of traditional items and agricultural tools
The Al-Dhahara heritage village lies 10km futher south along the road. This looks like a big fort, or perhaps it's a fortified village with all houses inside city walls.