Beauty in Chaos: Yemen's Top 10 Most Beautiful Places

Here are the top places to visit and things to do in Yemen


Sana'a is the capital of Yemen. The Ottoman Empire entered Yemen in 1538 when Suleiman the Magnificent was Sultan. Under the military leadership of Ă–zdemir Pasha, the Ottomans conquered Sana'a in 1547. With Ottoman approval, European captains based in the Yemeni port towns of Aden and Mocha frequented Sana'a to maintain special privileges and capitulations for their trade.

Sana'a is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is home to the National Museum, the museum is located in a former palace that was restored and converted into a museum.

Haraz Mountains

Haraz Mountains is located in Yemen. Haraz is as famous for the beauty of its landscapes as for its fortified villages clinging to nearly inaccessible rocky peaks. Their imposing architecture meets two needs, defending the villagers while leaving plenty of space for crops. Each town is built like a castle, the houses themselves form the wall, equipped with one or two easily defensible doors.
The whole area offers views more than anything. It also gives the tourist an opportunity to see traditional Yemenis and traditional ways of life- it is like stepping back in time in this region.


Aden is a city in the Yemeni Coastal Plains, on the Gulf of Aden just at the Southern End of the Red Sea. The port's convenient position on the sea route between India and Europe has made Aden desirable to rulers who sought to possess it at various times throughout history. Known as Arabian Eudaemon in the 1st century BCE, it was a transshipping point for the Red Sea trade, but fell on hard times when new shipping practices by-passed it and made the daring direct crossing to India in the 1st century CE, according to the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.

Wadi Hadramawt

Al Hudayda

Al Hudayda often spelt Al Hodeidah is a large Yemeni town on the Red Sea coast. In 1914 during the First World War German troops led by Major Freiherr Othmar von Stotzingen established a wireless station at Al Hudaydah which was used during the Arab Revolt to relay communications from Constantinople to German East Africa as well as broadcast propaganda to the Sudan, Somaliland and Abyssinia.

Ma’rib or Marib is the capital city of the Ma'rib Governorate, Yemen and was the capital of the Sabaean kingdom.

The Sabaean kings made their capital at Ma'rib, and built great irrigation works such as the Ma'rib dams, whose ruins are still visible. The Marib Dam supported a flourishing culture for more than a thousand years its collapse in 575 C.E., a few years after the birth of Muhammad, may be one of the main reasons that Arabia did not become Christian.
Al Mukalla

Al Mukalla is a city in Yemeni Highlands. Al Mukalla was founded in 1035 as a fishing settlement. This area was included in Oman state until middle of XI century and later this area was included in Yemen states.
If you will pass from Mukalla port to Al Mukalla you will enter Old City from the east, than you will pass close to the Quaiti Palace and after this palace you can reach New Mukalla City with canal and bridges. Plenty goats are walking in the Old Mukalla City. Plenty small fishing boats anchored close to the coast of Old Mukalla City. And plenty guard towers outposts surmounted the mountains around the Old Mukalla City.


Suqutra is an island and three islets in the Indian Ocean, an offshore territory of Yemen, near the "horn" of Somalia. The islands passed under the control of the Mahra sultans in 1511. Later, in January 1876, it became a British protectorate along with the remainder of the Mahra State of Qishn and Socotra. For the British it was an important strategic stop-over.      

Socotra is one of the most isolated landforms on Earth of continental origin. The archipelago was once part of the supercontinent of Gondwana and detached during the Miocene, in the same set of rifting events that opened the Gulf of Aden to its northwest.


Dhamar is a city in southwestern Yemen. As Dhamar city had a great role in the politic and trading life in Yemen. It had a very important historical role in Yemen before the Islamic age.
The city of Dhamar is the capital of the governorate and is situated on the main road, which connects Sana’a with a number of other governorates. This city was one of the famous Arabic and Islamic culture and scientific centers in Yemen.

Kawkaban is a small village to the west of Sana'a in the Yemeni Mountains. The view from the cliffs on which Kawkaban is built is quite striking, particularly if it's reached by foot from Shibam.


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