Medina is a city in western Saudi Arabia. The Prophet Muhammad migrated to Medina from Mecca, and taught there for some years before his triumphant return to Mecca. Medina is home to the three oldest mosques in Islam which were built in the days of Prophet Muhammad. There are also plenty of opportunities for recreation, and with its strong ties to agriculture, the county is home to numerous orchards, farmers’ markets. Beautiful mosques, places, old lanes, craft shops, markets, delicious food, fresh dates, malls, scenic coastline are the main attractions of Medina. It’s worth a walk along the district of Medina.
Best Time to Visit
Medina is a desert city with very hot summers and warm winters. June to September are hot and dry whereas October to May are pleasant with scarce rainfall. Though religious pilgrims are seen throughout the year irrespective of weather, but November to May can be the best time to visit Medina.
Top Places to Visit in Medina
1. Masjid al Nabawi
When you are traveling to Madina, you cannot miss the prophet’s mosque. In fact, main purpose of going to Madina for all Muslims is to visit this beautiful mosque. A lot of people use a statement in their conversations “Heaven on earth” because they are so delighted by the scenic view and the panoramic beauty which forces people to say it.
When you are on the premises of Madina, it is advisable to have a visit of two mosques, the Prophet’s mosque, and the Masjid-e-Quba; and three graves: the graves of the Prophet PBUH (may Allah keep him in honor), Abu Bakr and Umar (may Allah be pleased with both); and the Baqi – and Uhud cemetery. The main importance of this mosque in Islamic history is that it was the first mosque built in the initial year of the Islamic calendar. Masjid-e-Quba is an exclusive site whose white building can be obviously seen from a distance. Masjid-e-Quba receives worshippers and visitors from all over the world for all the 12 months, but the numbers increase in the holy month of Ramadan. There are 7 major entrances and 12 supplementary ones. The mosque is cooled by three middle units, each with a capability of one million and eighty thousand cooling units.
3. Masjid al-Qiblatayn
The Mosque of the Two Qiblas is a mosque in Medina that is historically important for Muslims as the place where, after the Islamic Prophet Muhammad received the command to change the Qiblah (Direction of Prayer). from Jerusalem to Mecca, the entire congregation led by a companion changed direction in prayer. The Qiblatayn Mosque is among the earliest mosques that dates to the time of Muhammad, along with Quba Mosque and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi.
4. Old Bazaar Medina
Without shopping, travel experience is almost incomplete. Tourists browse around the market and take souvenirs gifts for their loved ones. It has a huge variety and stuff is available at reasonable rates. Retailers know the language of potential buyers and have all stuff to distract people from the actual purpose of being there.
5. Al-Medina Museum
This museum conserves the collection of old Islamic monuments, rich Islamic history. It demonstrates the history and role of Madina in the advent of Islam.