Yemen Tourist Attractions

  • Socotra is the largest in a small archipelago of four islands which include The Brothers (Samhah and Darsa) and Abd al Kuri.Due to the island’s isolation and the fact that human activity has been kept to a minimum, about 30 per cent of its flora is unique to the archipelago. Over 815 species of plant have now been recorded, and around 250 exist nowhere else in the world. There are seven species of frankincense tree on the island. This comprises one of the richest island floras in the world. Socotra has been described as the “Galapagos of the Arabian peninsula”.


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  • Situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,200 m, Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. In the 7th and 8th centuries the city became a major centre for the propagation of Islam. This religious and political heritage can be seen in the 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses, all built before the 11th century. Sana’a’s many-storeyed tower-houses built of rammed earth (pisé) add to the beauty of the site.


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  • Aden is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Yemen, known for its wonderful beaches, old buildings, impregnable castles and many souks.
    Aden has a number of historical and natural sites of interest to visitors. These include:

    • The Cisterns of Tawila - an ancient, water-cachement system located in the sub-center of Crater.
    • Sira Fort
    • The Aden Minaret
    • The Palace of the Sultanate of Lahej/National Museum
    • The Aden Military Museum
    • The Rimbaud House
    • The fortifications of Jebal Hadid and Jebal Shamsan
    • The beaches of Aden and Little Aden
    • Al-Aidaroos Mosque
    • The Zoroastrian Temple
    • The historical British churches


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  • Some of the tourist sites in Taiz include:
    The two entrances of the Old City of Taiz: Bab al- Kabeer (the Great Gate) and Baba Musa (the Gate of Moses).
    Cairo Castle
    Al-Ashrafiyyah Mosque (one of the few mosques in Yemen that tourists are permitted to enter)
    Abd al-Hadi Mosque
    Modhafer Mosque
    Jabal Saber


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