Thula has become a bit overbearing. It is beautiful and clean, but its population is starting to go the wrong way in their commercialization of the place. Slightly less picturesque, because it does not have the mountainside location, Hababah is worth a visiti nevertheless: it is full of old houses and its cistern with semi-circular round housing and the mosque is one of the prettiest sights in the region. But most of all, the local people are just welcoming you without any commercial motives.
The plateau beyond Hababah, now easily accessible over a tarmac road, offers breathtaking views.
Another great sight in Hababa is its gate... stunning and imposing. It is the entry point to the village, and it's passable (barely) by car. What really amazes me is that the gate has a distinctive medieval look... and left me wondering just how old it really is.
Beside the gate, I really appreciated the town walls connected with it - huge, massive, imposing and... very safe.
Hababa has its heart and soul in its wonderful water cistern, located right in the middle of the village, just past the gate. It's a perfect cistern, and a scenic one: the houses that surround it are reflected (very scenically) in its emerald waters. This peculiar colour comes from the seaweed present in the water.
The water contained in the cistern has many uses: for animals, for washing clothes, for irrigation and... i guess for swimming, too. For sure it looked very inviting.It's a nice spot to stop for unforgettable photos.
There is no shopping in Hababah! Do your shopping for 'antiques' and other souvenirs in Thula - or better yet in the Old City of Sana'a. No restaurants, nightlife either...but also no tourist traps or dangers. Just friendly folks.
Hababa, while poor-looking, really got me. Its houses may not have been restored recently - but this only adds to the village's charm. What I found unbelieveble were the doors - so colorful and beautiful... little gems.
Habab is such a simple yet beautiful village, that it has virtually no tourist traps. It can happen, however, that tourists get trapped - in a charming way.
When we arrived we were surrounded by friendly children... they did not sell anything or ask for anything... they just wanted to practice the few sentences they knew and English and be part of our photos.
The fact that I was wearing an abaya made them very curious... and in a way "worried" them a little. They hesitated before asking to be pictured with me. Surio71, by contrast, was a big hit.
Close to Hababa at Zakati is Bukur , an 800 year old ruined castle on the steep mountainside with stunning and scary views off the edge of a plateau with the mountains behind.
Hababa is a small mountain village near Thila with many beautiful traditional and old tower houses, mosques and.. an amazing water cistern. The village is a fortress village built around the cistern and it is located half was between Thila and Shibam.
Fondest memory: We did not stop for long, but the impression I had is that of a very relaxed place, with friendly people (children in particular) and stunning architecture. Moreover there was no sight of salespersons - aggressive or not.