Sana’a has been described as “one of the most
beautiful cities anywhere on Earth” by Lonely Planet, a sentiment that most
visitors would agree with.
Tourists are often found exploring historical
treasures in the old city, from religious monuments and ancient ruins to
age-old hammams (bath houses) and multi-storey homes, many of which were
constructed before the 11th century.
One of the most popular attractions in Old
Sana’a is Souq al-Milh, which translates to ‘salt market’, although sellers
offer a diverse range of products, such as jewellery, leather goods, silks,
carpets, copper, woodwork and clothing.
Other local highlights include the Grand
Mosque, which served as a leading Islamic school and centre of learning for
many centuries, and includes an attached library with Yemen’s largest and most
famous collection of manuscripts. However, only Muslims are permitted inside
To learn more about the history of Yemen, don’t forget to visit the
National Museum, which markets itself as the largest museum on the Arabian
Peninsula. Here, you will find a stunning collection of statues, figurines and
other historical artefacts from the pre-Islamic Kingdoms of Saba and Hadramawt,
as well as the medieval Islamic period.