Madinah Province
Historical Site

Al Ula - Old Town - Madinah Province

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بلدة العلا القديمة AlUla Old Town, 375, Al Ula Saudi Arabia
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Description

Al Ula - Old Town, also known as Deira, is an archaeological site near Al-Ula in the Medina Province. It is one of the main attractions in Al-Ula as it consists of many ancient heritage buildings, mosques, and markets. All these ruins date back to about seven centuries, according to historians, and the town was inhabited up until the early 1980s.

Old Town and its Attractions

Visiting the old town provides researchers and historians with a rich history of the town’s settlers and pilgrims and how they constructed the city. The buildings inside were once built with original stones and mud bricks. There are around 900 houses built closely together and separated only by narrow alleys. 

There is also a castle called the Al-Ula Castle that can be traced back to the 10th century. The top of the castle provides a panoramic view of Al-Ula and an opportunity to take amazing pictures. Tourists can also walk around one of the main plazas of the town, the Tantora Plaza, which is built around the Tantora sundial. 

A handicraft pavilion has been established recently in the town that provides an insight into the crafts and arts that were practiced by the residents over generations. There are also other traditional shops that have antiques and furniture depicting the culture and history of the town. The people here are extremely friendly and welcoming, and visitors can catch a bite in the local restaurants that offer both indoor and outdoor dining. 

 

Location

بلدة العلا القديمة AlUla Old Town, 375, Al Ula Saudi Arabia

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Tahani KB

Tahani KB

10/21/2022 23:32

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We as a group have visited The Old Town after the Sunset. We couldn't have the chance to see the old buildings but the Souq has a very Attractive ambience. Lightning, Design and decorations were a Plus 👌🏼. The shops mostly selling hand crafts, sevoneir and local products. It's a place were u can have a coffee and dinner and enjoy the atmosphere. I highly recommend it 👍🏽.
David

David

01/12/2022 08:08

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The old town is nice. Lots of places to do shopping. I wanted to go to the top of a tower to see the view of the old town but the people at the tourist desk told me tickets sell out quickly even though the tower had no tourist when I tried to enter. Still sold out. I hope they sell tickets for people who just want to see the top of the tower.
Andrea R

Andrea R

01/09/2022 17:39

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This old town area has recently been rejuvenated to keep the classic cultural heritage and charm from centuries past. You will find restaurants and cafes to lounge at and little shops along the way. It's a place where locals can gather that is quite attractive to tourists as well. On the afternoon we were there, the place was hosting a play. Old Town is a must see if you are in Al Ula.
A Brown

A Brown

12/21/2021 08:04

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Fantastic restaurants in a lovely setting, next to magnificent mountains and overlooking the old housing district. The craft shops were interesting and the shop owners happy to talk about their traditions. Shops and restaurants do not open until late in the day.
Nasreen

Nasreen

11/27/2021 09:45

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The Old Town was beautiful. The tickets to walk through to the view point is around 70sar per person, but its worth it. The vendors were helpful and friendly. The cost of food was a little pricey, but when you sit down to enjoy that meal/beverage, its the atmosphere that makes it worth it!
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