TREE OF BIQAWIYYA (شجرة البقيعاوية)

A tiny sealed road leads to the tree under which the Prophet Muhammad is said to have rested when traveling between Damascus and Mecca. Despite the surrounding desert, a semi-permanent water pool persists here in a depression surrounded by black lava stones. Its unmissable feature is the large pistachio tree – the only one for miles – guarded by four police officers in the lonely outpost.

Parking location: 32.064719N 37.147450E