Here are the top 11 tourist attractions to see in Nizwa:

1. Jebel Akhdar

4.5 /5

34 km
from city center
1 out of 11
places to visit in Nizwa

Comprising of mostly desert and limestone, Jebel Akhdaris also called the Green Mountain due to its shrubs and trees that grow because of the 300mm precipitation it receives every year. One of the most popular tourist places in Oman, Jebel Akhdar is famous for its fruit orchards, date plantations and walnut cultivation has a distinct fragrance of rose water which is distilled to the homes in the villages nearby. Jebel Akhdar is a pleasant trip which rewards all of your senses!

2. Nizwa Fort

4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 11
places to visit in Nizwa

Nizwa Fort is Oman’s most visited and most famous monument and fort. Unlike its counterpart the Bahla Fort, this 17th century fort has not yet been included under UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. What it lacks in prominence, it makes up for in exhibits and study conducted intended to reveal the glorious past of the city.

3. Jabreen Castle

10 km
from city center
3 out of 11
places to visit in Nizwa

Jabreen Castle is famous for its battlements which is one of the most well-preserved monuments. The castle was built in the year 1675 by Imam Bil Arab Bin Sultan. In the ancient days, the castle was a centre of learning for various branches like astrology, medicine and Islamic law. The majestic castle has three storeys, two towers and enormous halls and rooms inside, showing the grandeur of the Imams of the time. Standing at the base of the flagpole at the castle will give visitors a bird's eye view of the interiors of the castle.

4. Tanuf Ruins

10 km
from city center
4 out of 11
places to visit in Nizwa

Tanuf is a small village located halfway between the two largest cities of Oman, near Nizwa and Bahla. The ruins of Tanuf are the result of Oman’s Imamate Rebellion of the 1950s. It is famous for its historical ruins and also for the Tanuf drinking water brand. ‘Tanuf’ branded water is sourced and bottled in a factory from the freshwater at Wadi Tanuf.

5. Nizwa Souq

4.2 /5

2 km
from city center
5 out of 11
places to visit in Nizwa

Located near the castle, Nizwa Souq will give you a glimpse of old Oman, with some sections having retained its ancient architecture and unrenovated structures. The souq has different parts depending on what you want to shop for; in the mornings you will see locals buying vegetables and meat. The rest of the souq sells unique souvenirs like taqiya caps, lamps and fresh dates. The market is a traditional Omani souq and is the best place to experience the local market and its runnings.

6. Wadi Ghul

10 km
from city center
6 out of 11
places to visit in Nizwa

Wadi Ghul is referred to as Oman’s version of the Grand Canyon. The canyon is located in the Al Hajar mountains and is renowned for its remote, scenic hiking trails. Hire a 4x4 which would be the ideal vehicle or proceed on foot for a more intensive explorative experience of the Ghul. Enjoy the sweeping views of the mountains and the deep plunging gorges as you look below. For a surge of the adrenaline attempt the ‘Balcony Walk’ on foot, a thrilling hiking experience as you take on the cliffs fromWad

7. Nizwa Grand Mall

5 km
from city center
7 out of 11
places to visit in Nizwa

Being the biggest shopping mall in Nizwa and one of the biggest in Oman as well, the Nizwa Grand Mall is a must-visit for shopaholics. From a wide array of shops (over 80) with local as well as international brands to exhibition areas, ice skating rink, bowling area, café’s, restaurants, fun city and many more, Nizwa Grand Mall has it all. Locals often refer to it as a shopper’s paradise.

8. Birkat Al Mouz Ruins

3.8 /5

14 km
from city center
8 out of 11
places to visit in Nizwa

Being one of the most famous villages in ruins in the Sultanate and home to the traditional Falaj irrigation system which is listed as UNESCO world heritage, the Birkat Al Mouz Ruins deserves to be on your itinerary (on your way to Jebel Akhdar). Although the beauty of this enchanted place doesn’t end here. You can find picturesque surroundings, two old ruins and a large banana plantation which is encircled by tall mountains.

9. Falaj Daris

3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
9 out of 11
places to visit in Nizwa

A World Heritage Site at Nizwa and providing the town with the water that is needed for its plantations, the Falaj Daris is the largest falaj in Oman. A small section of the falaj has been turned into a park where locals frequent! It is said that this ancient Falaj goes back to 2500 BC! The falaj is a fun place to rest and relax on your holiday in Nizwa!

10. Desert Camel and Adventure Tours

0 km
from city center
10 out of 11
places to visit in Nizwa

Some of the world’s most magnificent mountains and mesmerizing deserts reside in the Middle East like Al Rub’ Al Khali (or the Empty Quarter) in the South and Al Wahiba Sands in the east. From desert adventure in a 4x4 to desert camping and camel safari, Oman offers some of the best desert tours and activities in the world.

11. Bahla Fort

10 km
from city center
11 out of 11
places to visit in Nizwa

Jebel Akhdar highland in Oman is home to four historic fortresses, one of which is the Bahla Fort. The Bahla Fort became the first, and only UNESCO listed Fort for Oman and it was added in 1987. After going through massive restoration processes, (from 1988-2004 and even further) the Fort reopened as a tourist attraction in 2012. Another interesting fact is that there is not much information about this place. So, if you are here, you have to explore it all on your own.

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