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Gizan / Farasan Islands

In Gizan, there are tens of archaeological sites of various cultural periods varying from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic, and from the early Islamic to the present century, in addition to a variety of petroglyphs, ancient inscriptions mining sites and antiquities of early Islamic period such as mosques, ports, castles and watch towers.


Main Attractions


Gizan Harbor:
Still building wooden fishing boat (dhows). By ferryboat, within two hours, you can reach the main island of the Farasan archipelago.

Farasan Islands:
The Muslim geographers and historian referred to the importance of the Farasan Islands. It was revealed at Wadi Matar is the biggest archaeological site on the islands where large number of circular, rectangular and other buildings were 30 x 15 m long and were probably used for official purposes. There is also rock art site on the island and some foundations of the buildings of the Ottoman period such a big watchtower called Al- Awadi. The antiquities of the Farasan islands vary in date between the first millennium B. C. and the Ottoman period. The ottoman mosque known as Masjid Al-Najedi is decorated with unique patterns and motifs, similarly the house of Al-Refal is highly decorated. All these antiquities highlighted the flourished phase of the Farasan Islands. On the main island there are over 500 gazelles roaming freely.

The mountain resort is 70 km from Gizan. The beautiful addenium obesum, a tree that looks likes a bottle of Perrier water and blossoming in April.

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