This ancient city (320 mi/515 km east of the town named Shibam) is probably the most impressive in southern Yemen. Set in the Hadramawt Valley, Shibam has a truly magnificent skyline of hundreds of white five- or six-story buildings (many of the buildings are in dire need of repair). Walk the streets, stroll through the nearby palm groves and gaze out at the sand dunes. The main attraction is the Friday Mosque (from the 10th century). If time permits, drive a few hours to see the rocky town of Hajarayn (don't plan to overnight). 330 mi/530 km northeast of Aden.

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