Idyllic Farasan Island, located about 50 kilometres off the coast of Jazan, is without a doubt the area's biggest draw for travelers. The Farasan Island Marine Sanctuary was created to protect the island's biodiversity, but visitors can still admire the coral reefs, dive and snorkel in the area. Free ferries regularly make the trip to the island from Jazan.
Reaching elevations of over 3,000 metres, the lush Faifa Mountains loom over Jizan's sandy expanses, providing a beautiful backdrop. They are a hotbed for geological tourism, providing unparalleled hiking paths and nature watching. Explorers are sure to come across ancient fortresses and natural hot springs as well.
Located about 75 kilometres outside of the city of Jazan there are several geological spots with wonderful hot springs, including Al-Khoubah and Bani Malik. At temperatures reaching 45 degrees Celcius, it is a relaxing experience like few others, and the numerous minerals found in the water are said to have all manner of health benefits.
The Jazan Heritage Village captures and preserves the heritage, lifestyle, and cultural and culinary history of the whole of the Jazan province. Visitors can experience it all in numerous exhibits and interactive areas. There are also excellent handicraft displays that showcase a variety of items made with traditional handmade techniques.
Savvy explorers will be sure to visit the Golden Beach, a somewhat secluded area popular among hikers and swimmers, as well as wildlife enthusiasts. Some of the best coral reefs in the Red Sea can be found in this area, so divers and snorkelers can also be found here admiring the depths.
Another mainly seafood restaurant, Al Ma'ali is a Jizani institution, long predating the many chain restaurants in the area, following a tradition where diners all share food from different platters. It offers huge servings of fresh shrimp or mixed grilled items in both an open seating area and private booths. Portions are generous, but leave space for the great desserts, too.
Figaro is conveniently located in the Al Rashid mall and is one of the best and most frequented coffee houses in the city, with modern and sleek facilities. They use beans imported from the Philippines, which gives their coffee a unique taste and makes Figaro stand out among local cafes.
Barnie's is Saudi Arabia's first fully home-grown quality coffee brand. Not only do they sell a wide array of high-quality coffee beverages, as well as delicious and fresh baked goods, but they also produce their own coffee beans. You can pick up different varieties to take home with you.
This large chain of bookstores has locations all around the Arab world, in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. It is the best resource in town for books, e-readers, accessories and office supplies. They also have the city's widest selection of English language books.
The Jizan Regional Airport (GIZ) or King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Airport is conveniently located very close to the city centre. It serves flights within Saudi Arabia, to the Emirates and to Egypt. The most convenient ways to get to the city from the airport are by taxi, car rental or pre-arranging a shuttle service. If you decide to take a taxi, be sure to agree on a price with the driver before getting in.
When strolling and exploring the city please make sure you wear the appropriate attire. Women should be covered from neck to ankle and in certain areas scarves are used to cover the face and head. Shorts and tank tops should not be worn outside of your accommodation by women. For men, loose clothing is recommended and shorts are prohibited. When visiting, please make sure you respect and abide by the laws and culture of the country.