Mecca Tourism at a Glance
Mecca the heart of Islam
Mecca or Makkah is a city of Saudi Arabia located in the Hejaz region which is 70 km inland from Jeddah. The Mecca city is very famous for the spiritual centre and is strictly off limits to non-Muslims. Mecca has the world’s tallest building the Royal Clock Tower Hotel which ranks 4th in the world. Today there are approx. 15 million Muslims who are visiting mecca annually. The visitors who are coming to Mecca for Hajj are rewarded with the forgiveness of all sins and get to see the amazing holy sites with visiting proximity to landmarks, Mountain of Light, Black Stone as well as Zamzam Well.
Mecca is the heart of Islamic world and is one of the most sacred lands on the earth. The city is spending more than $100 million on the services for the Hajj. The Mecca city is substantially is in growth period since 20th and 21st century. Mecca has all kind of small and big favour and you can enjoy every little pleasant experience.
Places to Visit
Food of Mecca
The Makkah people love eating the varieties of Food and are trying out different food that is available in different areas such as coastal, mountain and other desert areas. The most famous dishes of the Makkah are Al-M’soub, Al-Mutabbaq, Al-Harisah, Al-Saidiyah, Al-Manto, Kabab, and Al-Farikah. There are lots of famous restaurants available in Mecca that is the latest food portals in the region and online orders are also available. The people of Saudi are also very traditional and eat the same foods that are eaten since centuries. The restaurant foods are excellent and provide the delicious food to the customers along with fine services.
Restaurants in Mecca
Al Baik restaurant provides very tasty and high-quality food. The price is also reasonable and if you’re a Chicken lover then you’ll sure love eating the fried Chicken at Al Baik. Al Baik is a chain of the fast food restaurant; there are over 40 branches available in Jeddah and a major consumer of the Chicken in Saudi Arabia.
Timing: Sat-Fri: 12 PM- 12 AM
Estimated Price: 25 - 50 SR
Cuisines: Fast Food, Chicken
Features: Delivery, Quick Services
Al Tazaj is a famous restaurant in Makkah as it comes with high-quality food. It is located very neatly to KSA so easy to go and have meals. There are many meals recipes available and are served with different services every time you visit
Timing: Sat-Fri: 12 PM- 12 AM
Estimated Price: 50 SR
Cuisines: Grill & Roast | Sandwiches & Wraps |
Features: Delivery, Quick Services, Family Section
Hardee’s provides the best dishes with the best Food menu. It is located in front of Grand Haram Mosque cost very low so you can easily have it after your prayer. The burger is delicious and comes in various flavours; they are served at the buffet.
Timing: Sat-Fri: 12 PM- 12 AM
Estimated Price: 30 SR
Cuisines: Burgers, Lunch, Gluten Free
Features: Delivery, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
People discover the best and luxurious food at Hyatt Regency which offers all-day buffet restaurant and an international cuisine. Hyatt offers different types of food and you can have it at the perfect place and enjoy your dishes. The restaurant also offers a pleasant atmosphere, open kitchen concept which is complemented by a wood fired oven.
Timing: Sat-Fri: 12 PM- 3:30 PM | 6:30 – 11:30 PM
Cuisines: Lunch, Break Fast & Dinner
Features: Wait staff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
How to reach Mecca
There are dozens of online resources available that will guide you, how to reach Mecca. Just make sure you use the trusted resource to reach the destination. The easiest way is to use the popular and reputed websites. You can travel to Mecca using domestic and international flights. Travelling in train or bus is also fun. Choose the route which better suits you and available easily.
Mecca by flight
Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport is the gateway to Mecca. You can serve the regional airlines airport throughout the year. The same airport has been used when you are coming for Umrah. During the Hajj season, there are a mostly charter flights arranged by the regional airlines commercial along with other scheduled services. You can also try another option; if you’re nearby Taif Region then it has the Taif regional Airport in Taif which can be used to get into Mecca.
Mecca by bus
There is an SAPTCO company in Saudi Arabia that provides the bus services to Mecca and places throughout the country. Most of the pilgrims are coming for Umrah or Hajj. There are mainly two terminals available outside the city limits which are opened to all. There are buses available throughout the day after every 1-2 hours’ interval time and it starts from early in the morning at 6 until midnight 12.
Mecca by Road
There is an excellent and modern multi-lane available on the highway from Jeddah #40. The distance is somewhat 100km and takes an hour to reach Mecca. During the Hajj season, there are buses and cars jammed with pilgrims, so the traffic is unbearable and extremely traffic on the road. You can take another way and drive along the highway about 50 miles to reach to the lovely mountain of Taif. During summers these places of Saudi Kings looks amazing.
Mecca by Train
There are high-speed trains available that run between Makkah and Jeddah in one hour. The Haramain train is the fastest train that will link the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah and Rabigh. There are two trains available in a day from Makkah and Madinah, and four trains from Makkah and Rabigh in a day. The train has a capacity for 19,600 passengers to travel. The main train station is 9km from the Prophet’s Mosque and 13km from Madinah Station. The station is built with Air conditioning systems and 417 cameras for security purposes.
Time to Visit Mecca
Tourist visits Mecca all year round, but the best preferable would be during cooler months. Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and it should be carried out at least once in a year. If you are a Muslim then the best time would be during the Hajj season. The average temperature of Mecca to make you feel comfortable is from 20-30 degree. Mecca government is very strict and do not allow Non-Muslims as Mecca is a birthplace of Islam so they do not take violations lightly. However, Mecca’s best season will depend on a number of factors shown below.
Mecca during winter
December-February is the best time to visit Mecca as December is the very busy month and you will find people roaming around, preparing for Ramadan, UK and USA kids have holidays so you’ll find flights and Hotel rooms very expensive.
Mecca Off-Peak Season
Mecca has an average of 5 inches a year, so visiting during this time will be the best. Mecca mainly experiences the dry season so try to visit during the month of October-May as the days are sunny and nights are cooler. If you have really planned your trip to Mecca and you’re preparing for Umrah then don’t leave it for last minute, book your hotels now as there are hotels in Mecca which offers facility of book now and pay later also the cancellation charges are very low. So you’ll have fun visiting Mecca.
Mecca at Summer Time
During summer months the temperature tends to be hotter more compare to another season. As summer have 49-degree heat but if you have planned your trip during summer holidays then visit during the months of June and August as the temperature remains 40 degrees. So summer heat in Mecca is just intolerable.
Cooler months to visit Mecca: January – March, November- December
Hotter months to visit Mecca: April – October
Where To Stay
About Hotels in Mecca
Mecca provides a huge range of Hotels to stay for all kinds of travelers. You will find here from cheap, budget lodges to the most luxurious hotels. The best luxurious hotels around the world like Le Meridien, Sofitel and Radisson can be found here. There are various budget hotels which are located to conveniently reach the attractions in and around Mecca. These are ideal for the budget travellers.