Saudi Arabia: Fayfa Mountains

Fayfa mountains rise sharply east of Jazan and reach over 7,000 ft (2,100 m). Being close to the sea, the climate here is wetter and cooler then other mountains in Saudi Arabia and the slopes are green and verdant. The roads that lead up to the mountaintop villages are some of the steepest in the world, with inclines of 15-18%. The entire mountain ranges is protected as Fayfa Maintains National Park. It’s a spectacular scenery of layers and layers of mountains and agricultural terraces (a lot of maize and coffee is grown here) as far as you can see. Being only a couple dozen km from Yemen, there are a lot of house in the traditional Yemeni architecture and defensive towers stand on many top cliffs. The mountain is inhabited by around 20 different tribes, many speaking their own languages.