As the day cools, pick your way through Souk al-Alawi. Traders and pilgrims have been hawking textiles, coffee pots and carpets here for over 1,000 years. For a contemporary shopping experience, try Red Sea Mall or Mall of Arabia, both a short drive away.
Dive in the virgin and pristine reefs of Jeddah's offshore underwater world, marveling at beautiful marine life that includes electric eels, rays and schools of colorful reef fish.
Once home to a powerful trading clan, Naseef House is a star among the rickety dwellings in the old quarter of Al-Balad, 5 minutes' drive away. Look out for its newly restored coral stone facade and the ramps allowing camels to climb to the upper terrace.
Don't Go Home Without
Tasting shawarma stuffed in warm pitta and falafel with hummus and foul from sizzling street corner booths. The wood-panelled Yildizlar is a long-time favourite with business types. Tuck into soft sambousas and koftas, minutes from Crowne Plaza Jeddah.
Remember to carry your passport with you at all times. Locals eat late after the evening prayer and western women are expected to wear an abaya in public. In restaurants, alcohol is forbidden and there are separate sections for single men and families.