On the coast road from Mukalla to Aden you will pass Yemen's most important ancient port, where the Frankincense was shipped from in Sabaean times. In ancient times it was called Qana. The Sabaeans traded with Oman, Persia and India but Qana was destroyed in the 2nd century AD and now it is a small village called Bir Ali. Also along the route is a...more
The Hadhramout hotel has it's own dive center where you can arrange a dive trip out to the local reefs/wrecks or rent a mask and fins for $5 USD per hour and swim in front of the hotel which was teaming with big parrot fish and countless others swimming amongst the coral.If the dive center is closed just ask for the manager as I did and he can...more
Reaching or leaving Al Mukalla on the new (impressively wide and decorated with flowers on the way) airport road, you won't miss this 19th centrury fortress perched on a cliff top. I can't tell if it is open for a visit as we made a short stop for photos and to fix our damaged car tyre.more
In the evening, most of Mukallah´s activity occurs in the seafront, where the old harbour was placed.There you can yemenian people having a nice time, children usually jump to the sea in a competition. As they saw us, they tried to jump higher and farther to get a picture. They were really nice!more
You have to wake up early to visit the fish market of Mukalla: fishers boats come back to the modern harbour after fishing all the night and then they have to sell fish quickly, because of the hot.Mukalla fish market is well known, perhaps the only one more important in Yemen is Al- Hudeyda market. The market is a unique and "hard" experience. The...more
The fish is fresh since it is right of the street from the fish market. This is a local place with communcal bench seating. I did not see any tourists here the night I was here. I bought my driver dinner with drinks/chai and the bill was still less than 5 USD.
Favorite Dish: The waiter will bring out a plate of the days catch and let you pick what you what if you do not already know. The grilled prawns are supposed to be great also
The coast road from Mukalla to Aden is said to be safer than the old road. Some of the tribes along the route are hostile to the present government. Under the socialist regime they were supported financially and didn’t need to work. Now they are not given state support. They sometimes ambush and kidnap people travelling along the road from Mukalla...more
Flights inside of Yemen are cheap on Yemenia and should be booked when you are there to get the best deal. They are seldom full except during Haj when all planes are full anyway.There is a "modern" airport here Rayyan Mukalla about 20-30 from town. Like the other airports in Yemen there are no jetways. You just walk off the plane accross the tarmac...more
The road from Bir Ali to Al Mukalla, though flat and mentioned less than 150kms it was under construction in major parts of it. So we had to reduce speed and therefore took us a bit more than 2 hours.The good news are for future travellers that will enjoy a comfortable wide road with little traffic.But scenery is fantastic: inactive volcanos on...more
If you tour around Yemen for almost 3000km then it might happen to you as well.
On our way to Bir Ali we had a flat tyre. Luckily this happened in nearby to the sea (so flesh ocean air was blowing) and it was the only time I blessed the presence of police as they helped our driver to replace the tyre
No, no, these photos were not taken in Iceland!!!The coast from Bir Ali to Al Mukalla is a unique experience. Volcanic cones, black basalt rocks, black pebble beaches are live witnesses of the violent earth eruption. The scenery is simply fantastic as volcanic rocks mix with the sand dunes and the beauty of the sea. Though the last volcanic...more
A thing that won't escape your attention is that a lot of Africans are walking along the main coastal road from Bir Ali to Al Mukalla, either alone or in groups. Our driver told us that they are Somali refugees arriving by boats to the Yemeni coast. In a case a large group was gathered in a police station. In search of hope and better future....more
Favorite thing: According to the LP guide this place is supposed to be thick with mosquitos. I was out at night in late Feb and did not get one bite. I tend to attract them normally and either this was not the season or they have managed to get rid of them. Did not even see any dead ones on the wall of my hotel room.