Situated on the Omani coast, Barka is a vibrant beachside city in the Al-Batinah region, renowned for their age-old tradition of bull-fighting, and their famous halwa. A 50-km drive away from Muscat International Airport, Barka provides the perfect weekend getaway destination, and is a favourite resort destination amongst Omanis. The Barka Fort, standing imperiously over the Omani coastline, and the Barka Souq, the traditional marketplace of the city, are major tourist attractions in the region.
Sandwiched between the regional hubs of Sohar and Rustaq, Barka is divided into the old town and the newly developed part of town. Barka bursts into life during the annual Muscat Festival as visitors throng to the nearby Naseem Park, where the festival is hosted. Barka is also undergoing rapid development with many industrial projects taking place in the area, and is making Barka more visible as a tourist destination.
Barka offers experiences to enthrall all types of tourists; the fort and the marketplace, along with an 18th century merchant house, make it wonderful for tourists looking for a cultural trip. The newly industrialized areas along the Muscat-Sohar Highway include many upscale boutiques and restaurants and provide the perfect avenue for the shopaholic in you.
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Barka is located a 45 minute drive from the city centre of Muscat, and is easily accessible by road through hired taxis that will take you the whole way, or by renting a car and making the drive yo... (Read More)