The 11th century village of Al Hajjarah is an easy 5 km walk from Manakahah – a market town with ok transport links and rooms – so a good base from which to explore the surrounding Haraz mountains.

Al Hajjarah village in Haraz mountains of Yemen

Al Hajjarah village in Haraz mountains of Yemen

Jewish Star of David carved over house door in Al Hajjarah village Yemen

The Star of David above this house doorway indicates that Yemeni Jews once lived in Al Hajjarah village

Between villages - Haraz mountains in Yemen

Between villages – Haraz mountains in Yemen

Girl carrying bushes in Haraz mountains of Yemen

Girl carrying bushes in Haraz mountains of Yemen

Transport on route from Manakhah market day, Yemen

Transport on route from Manakhah market day, Yemen

Old man from Harjjarah village - Haraz Mountains, Yemen

Old man from Harjjarah village – Haraz Mountains, Yemen

Travel Advice for Manakhah & Al Hajjarah

ROOMS: Manakha Tourist Hotel – simple mattress on floor with shared bathroom and amazing views. Also includes decent meals in family-run atmosphere. Not far from market. There are very few other accommodation choices. ALSO POSSIBLE: staying in a guesthouse in Al Hajjarah

TRANSPORT: Shared taxis from Sanaa to Manakhah take about 2.5 hours (or get one going to Al-Hudayda – but jump out at the nearby turn-off town of Al-Maghraba). From Manakhah, getting to Al Hajjarah is a nice 5 km walk.

TIPS: Take plenty of rial & cash dollars – no banks; exchange with market vendors. Take some warm clothes, too.

CAUTION: I was in Yemen in 2005. Since then, security is less certain in many parts of the country. Check the web for latest updates.

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