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1. Bilad Sur Castle

Bilad Sur Castle

2 km
from city center
1 out of 10
places to visit in Sur

Reputed as one of the must-visit places in Sur, the Bilad Sur Castle is situated at the central part of the Bilad Sur Plain in Oman. Its architectural splendour deems it one of the grandest bastions of Wilayat. Initially built to defend the town against the marauder tribes, these towers offer a spectacular view of the surrounding areas. Today, the dignified Bilad Sur Castle also houses a museum, where visitors can get a deeper insight into its rich historical significance.

2. Dhow Factory

Dhow Factory
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3 km
from city center
2 out of 10
places to visit in Sur

Sur is one of the most significant as well as historic sites in Arabia that is famous for building wooden boats. Dhow, in Arabic, literally translates to ‘boat. Situated to the south of the Khor Al Batah suspension bridge, this museum is steeped in rich historical significance. It is also a museum which showcases different sections, with the dignified Wilayat emblem ‘Al Ghanja Ship’ adorning the entrance. A walk through the great factory can give one a fascinating opportunity to look into how wooden boats were made in earlier times.

3. Al Ayjah Fort

Al Ayjah Fort

4 km
from city center
3 out of 10
places to visit in Sur

The Al Ayjah fort was built along with the merchant houses surrounding its perimeters. These houses have beautifully carved doors and lotus pillared porches. The architecture of the fort is plain and well maintained and has a uniform square structure as most of the other forts in the region.

4. Sur Maritime Museum

Sur Maritime Museum

3 km
from city center
4 out of 10
places to visit in Sur

The city of Sur is well-known for upholding its rich maritime heritage as a contributing factor to the significant Omani roles played during the maritime navigation in the past years. As a means of passing on these historical incidents from generation to generation, the Maritime Museum was built in Wilayat and stands strong till date.

5. Al Ayjah Lighthouse

Al Ayjah Lighthouse

2 km
from city center
5 out of 10
places to visit in Sur

Al Ayjah Lighthouse in Oman, also known as Sur lighthouse is one of the top attractions to visit in the city. Facing the Gulf of Oman, this attraction offers cultural, historical and natural experiences. The lighthouse is situated on Ras Ayqah, the highest east side point in Sur Harbour square. This is an important attraction to visit when in Sur.

6. Sur Corniche

Sur Corniche

2 km
from city center
6 out of 10
places to visit in Sur

Located at the oldest part of Sur, is the gorgeous Sur Corniche, making up the oceanfront walkway that is one of the most popular places in the city. Spread across four miles, Sur Corniche offers a spectacular view of the wooden dhows, or boats, that occupy the harbour nearby. From here, you may also spot the ancient watchtower situated across the bay in the rural settlements of Al Ayjah. The inlet side of the Sur Corniche gives a great view of the skyline dominated by beautiful mosques.

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7. Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

36 km
from city center
7 out of 10
places to visit in Sur

Located to the east of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Jinz is a serene fishing village that is situated in the Ras Al Hadd. The Ras Al Jinz turtle reserve houses the endangered turtle, Chelonia mydas. Apart from researching about this endangered species, this eco-tourism environment also adeptly combines educational projects and tourism services. This turtle reserve is also the only place in the world where people may witness the miraculous nesting process of these gigantic sea creatures.

8. Sunaysilah Castle

Sunaysilah Castle

1 km
from city center
8 out of 10
places to visit in Sur

The Sunaysilah Castle is around 300 years old, which was built to provide for the defence system and to guard the city of Sur. The castle is built on a classic square plan atop a hill and has four round watchtowers. The rooms inside the castle have various traditional artefacts like poetry, Quran stands, carpets, etc. The fort offers a magnificent view of Sur, especially of the mosque adjacent to the castle. The castle is located on Highway 23, adjacent to the Sur Court Complex in Sur, Oman. The architecture of the establishment is smooth and plain, with the walls, steps, towers, etc. uniformly built and maintained.

9. Fatah Al Khair

Fatah Al Khair

3 km
from city center
9 out of 10
places to visit in Sur

Fatah Al Khair is the name of a ship which is currently a part of an open-air museum which is dedicated to the shipbuilding lineage of the city of Sur in Oman. Built over 70 years ago, the wooden fishing vessel of Fateh Al Khair has strong historical significance to it. It was brought back to Yemen, restored and grounded on dry land. The ship is said to be hand-built without any nails, and hand-woven ropes were used to shore up. Visitors are not permitted to climb up the dhow but can get up close to look at the flanks. Fatah Al Khair is located in Al Qanjah Boat Yard within the Sur Maritime Museum.

10. Old Town, Sur

Old Town, Sur

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

Old Town is an ancient abandoned town in the Al Ayjah area in Sur. Filled with culture, history and nature, it is surrounded by narrow streets, old dilapidated houses and structures. So for those who want to go down the memory lane in this beautiful city, they are most welcome to visit the Old Town anytime they wish to.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Sur?

One-Day Itinerary:
Visit the Bilad Sur Castle after which you can drop a visit to the iconic Dhow factory. After a nice traditional Arabian lunch at one of the many local restaurants, you can visit the Sur Lighthouse for fantastic views of the city and the sea. In the evening during sunset, visit the Sur Corniche. Then drive back to Muscat. 

Two-Day Itinerary:
Day 1: After a two-hour drive from Muscat, start the day by visiting the Bilad Sur Castle and the Sunaysila Castle.  After a nice traditional Arabian lunch at one of the many local restaurants, you can visit the Sur Lighthouse for fantastic views of the city and the sea. In the evening during sunset, visit the Sur Corniche. 

Day 2: Visit the Ras-Al-Jinz Turtle Reserve in the morning, post-lunch, you can visit the Maritime Museum and the Dhow factory. Then drive back to Muscat.

How can I commute within Sur?

There is no public transport in Sur. It is recommended to take a taxi to go around the city or take one's own vehicle or a rented car.

Taxi prices will come around OMR 30 in approximation.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Sur?

The top sightseeing places in Sur are Bilad Sur Castle, Dhow Factory, Al Ayjah Fort , Sur Maritime Museum, Al Ayjah Lighthouse , Sur Corniche.
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