A country in strife, yet with so much to offer. This week’s Travel Tuesday photo essay features the wonderful things to do in Yemen.
Featured as having some of the best beaches in the Middle East, reiterated by Lonely Planet retweet, Socotra Island is one of the oddest sights not only in the Arabian peninsula, but in the world. A UNESCO World heritage Site since 2008, its unique landscapes and unspoiled wilderness will sure take your breath away. The best way to experience Socotra Island is by camping there for a few days and hike around the island. Oh, also, make sure you go out for a swim and boat tour in Shoab Beach — you may be able to swim with wild dolphins! In my opinion, Socotra should top your Things to do in Yemen list.
Old City of Sana’a
While in the capital of Yemen, get ready for a photographic feast by taking a stroll down the Old City of Sana’a. Another UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities. Just imagine the amount of history you’ll witness! The architecture will surely blow you away.
Dar Al Hajar Rock Palace
You already know about the beauty of the Dar Al Hajar Rock Palace thanks to a photo essay I published two weeks ago. Built upon ancient ruins, it served ruler Imam Yahya’s summer mansion in the 1930′s. Make sure you not only admire from the outside, though — Dar Al Hajar is open for tourists and you should venture inside and take photos of the Yemeni landscape from one of its many windows.
Zabīd town and its Great Mosque
This Great Mosque is located in another one of Yemen’s oldest cities, Zabīd. In fact, this was the country’s capital for about 200 years (13th- 15th century). And as part of the List of World Heritage in Danger, you must visit Zabid before it deteriorates.