As a mountain-top city, Taif is a natural draw for regional and foreign mountaineers. Neighbouring summits that pose a challenge include Al-Hada, Bani Saad, Banu Thaqif and Bani Malik. However, if scaling rugged peaks sounds a little too strenuous, you can always catch the view by taking the Al-Hada cable-car. There’s even a restaurant at the top.
Arabian horses are widely recognised as among the best in the world and Taif’s Al-Hawiyah Road race track is the perfect showcase for the regional stock. There are meetings throughout the year with high-stake prizes, such as luxury cars, for breeders and trainers.
If you are travelling to Taif with children, then Taif Zoo is highly recommended. Luxurious surroundings and well-maintained gardens are a welcome addition to the generous roster of exotic creatures, which includes monkeys, reptiles, elephants and tigers.