Known For : Mutrah Corniche Bayt Al Zubair Grand Mosque, Muscat
Muscat has always been a major port in the Gulf of Oman. This city has served as an integral trading link between the east and the west and Muscat is influential widely.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Mughsail Beach Sultan Qaboos Mosque Wadi Darbat
Home to the king of Oman, Salalah is a beautiful city with rich culture, history and magnificent beaches!
Best Time: Late June to September
Known For : Sohar's Muncipal Park Traditional Handicraft Souq Sohar Fort
Rumoured to be the home of the famous sailers Ahmed bin Majid and mythical character Sinbad, Sohar is the perfect collision of culture and modern society and a must-visit city in Oman.
Best Time: October to February
Known For : Jebel Akhdar Nizwa Fort Jabrin Castle Nizwa Souq
Among the highest and most majestic mountains of Oman, lie the historic city of Nizwa.
Best Time: December to March
Rustaq is a city in Oman that has maintained its old-world charm. Located on the western side of the Hajjar Mountains, it is a city filled with farms that grows a variety of fruits. This city is known for its palm trees, dates and the highest quality of honey. It became the first capital of Oman and now is full of historically significant structures, each one worth exploring. It is the best place to witness the combination of the old and the new form of architecture. This historic city houses some of the sites listed under the UNESCO Tentative list.
Located at a height of 80 metres above the sea level, Bawshar offers magnificent views of the city and a feeling of calmness as well. Commonly known as Boshar or Baushar, this wilayat is popular among the picnickers and thrill-seekers. The dunes of Bawshar are a popular site for offroading and quad biking.
Known For : Bilad Sur Castle Dhow Factory Maritime Museum
Sur is best known for the craftsmanship associated with boats or traditional 'Dhows'. Shipbuilding, particularly building wooden ships is a trade that is a part of Sur’s rich heritage. Sur is the second wealthiest city in Oman, with a population of around 120,000 residents. Sur is characterised by a typically hot desert climate, making it the perfect place to sunbathe on the exotic beaches indulge in some local delicacies. It has a lot of attractions to visit and experience the rich Omani culture. Sur is the base for many day trip destinations like- Ras-al- Hadd, Wadi Shab, Wahiba Sands and many more.
Known For : Khasab Fort Dolphin/Whale Watching + Snorkeling Jebel Harim
With crystal blue seas and historical attractions, the city of Khasab offers tourists a glimpse of ancient Oman.
Best Time: November to March
The first ever Omani site to be declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bahla is a small Oasis settlement situated in the Dakhliya region of Oman. Although the settlement is constituted of traditional vernacular houses (harats), the fortification wall, a small old market (souq), the Falaj system (irrigation) and a mosque, the Oasis of Bahla is most popular for its defensive complex, the Bahla fort. The fortress wall which is 12 kms long encloses the entire town. It is one of the oldest forts of Oman tracing back to the 13th century. The small town is also popular for its pottery and silver artefacts sold in the old souq. The Oasis settlement is found to be situated 40 kms from Nizwa and 200 kms from the country’s capital Muscat.
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