city in Yemen
Al Hudayda (often spelt Al Hodeidah) is a city in Yemen with a population of 402,560 (2004).
It is the principal port of Yemen on the Red Sea coast. Tourism is not a big industry, so there are relatively few facilities for visitors.
The city is located 225 km from Sana'a and 225 km from Ta'izz, 294 km from Jizan, 14 km from Al-Kathib.
There are regular flights from Sana'a, which take about half an hour. The road from Sana'a is not in good condition.
- 1 Al Hudayda castle (قلعة الكورنيش). Historic castle by the corniche, first built in 1538.
There are very few good hotels in the town. The only real exception is the Hodeidah Land Resort. There are a number of small hotels in the city centre, but they are poor by any international standards.
- 1 Hodeidah Land Resort, Off Sana'a St. Pleasant hotel just outside the main town. Has a number of villas arranged in a circle, some of which have their own private pools. Wireless internet is available.
- Zabid is the most important religious center in Hodeida province. It had the first Islamic University in Yemen. The Great Mosque of Al Asha'ir was founded in the 5th cent AH (11the cent AD).
- Al Shifra spa with warm mineral waters is located 70 km east of Hodeida.