We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A Must See destination”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Mada'in Saleh

Mada'in Saleh
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Al Ula
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Level Contributor
45 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A Must See destination”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

Madain Saleh is a must see destination in saudi. A very well maintained archaeological site.
in 2008, this site declared as UNESCO World Heritage. Many Tombs and caves houses are spread across vast area. you can drive thru inside the site to reach each of tombs.

Madain Saleh is 2000 years old nabatean settlements. Recommended to visit those interested in archaeological and Historical site.

Visited June 2013
Helpful?
Thank Shafeeq I
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

100 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    70
    29
    1
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Level Contributor
76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Well worth the effort to get there!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014

We visited Mada'in Saleh, Al 'Ula and Medina on a tour, and it was a fascinating trip. Mada'in Saleh is similar to but not as grand as Petra, yet well preserved and lacking the hordes of tourists. The many tombs were amazing feats of engineering and hard to believe they were cut into the rock 2,000 years ago. I wouldn't mind returning, and if I do, would try to go at sunset, when the light seems to be at its best. The Hejaz Railway station on the premises is also worth a short visit.

Visited April 2014
Helpful?
2 Thank Helen B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Level Contributor
36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“AMAZING”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

i went to visit Madain Saleh .. and i was really amazed at the place ,, the weather and local area
the palm trees farms were amazing ,, Alula was also a historical city filled with history and stories
if you are into history and old civilization you would LOVE the place

Visited March 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank Reem434
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leipzig, Germany
Level Contributor
88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Second greatest Nabatean city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

The site of Mada'in Saleh is part of the UNESCO World Heritage and it definitely deserves it.
The tombs have the exact architecture as the ones in Petra. They are probably a bit smaller in size and certainly scattered over a larger site or at least with a lower density. They are globally well preserved.
You access the different spots by car. The ways are well prepared and maintained. There are the necessary parking areas to protect the site and the view.
You need a permit to visit the site, but with the good guide this is solved very easily (contact per MP if needed).
Mada'in Saleh is accessible by road obviously, but also via the recent Al Ula Airport located about 30 to 40 minutes drive away.

Visited April 2014
Helpful?
Thank jonathanl293
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Level Contributor
30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Worth the trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2014

The tombs are better preserved than Petra, and there are lots of them! We had a permit, but we were never asked for it at the gate-just waved through. I still would recommend getting one, just in case. We did not use a guide, and enjoyed our trip on our own.

I would also recommend, if possible, to take a side trip down to old Al Ula to the fort and the city of mud houses. Really interesting!

Visited April 2014
Helpful?
Thank 100worldtraveller
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Mada'in Saleh also viewed

 

Been to Mada'in Saleh? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing