The Mecca Region
Few regions along the Abraham Path are as rich in Abrahamic history and heritage as the Mecca Region. Indeed, Mecca itself sits in a valley named after Abraham; and the pilgrimage city is built around the Kaaba, the legendary structure believed by Muslims around the world to have been built by Abraham and his son Ishmael. But the Mecca Region is not only a collection of religious pilgrimage sites: south of the city of Mecca, lofty mountain ranges and nature reserves offer a biodiversity few would expect from the Middle East. Here, amid green forests and soaring cliffs, an outdoors culture thrives: people come from around the country to hike, camp, mountain bike, rock climb, and paraglide.