Birthplace of Queen of Sheba, Port of the legendary Sinbad the Sailor, last resting place of Prophet Job, Oman’s pristine land is a hidden treasure waiting to be explored. Blessed with natural geysers, coral reefs, hot springs and aquamarine wadis, Oman is also home to grand forts, exquisite palaces and mystical souqs.
To get to know the pulse of Oman, it is important to visit some of its main landmarks and attractions. You can start with Muscat, its capital city where you can take a tour of the Grand Mosque and Bait Al Zubair that gives you a sneak peek into Oman’s history and development. Later, head to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, the official palace of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, fringed by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali for a photo stop.
Be sure to visit Nizwa to explore the renowned Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century. Stop by its souq known for its Friday cattle auction, intricately designed daggers and ornate silver jewelry. Don’t miss out on Jabrin, another of Oman’s gorgeous castles famous for its Omani ceiling painting and beautifully crafted woodcarvings.
Enjoy a trip out to the sea and spot dolphins and species of whales just a few kilometers off the coast of Muscat. Plan a visit along the Batinah coast and remember to visit the quaint wakan village known for its terrace farming.
Explore Bait Na’aman, the 300-year-old fort, which is now a fully restored and country house with artifacts typical of Oman namely; daggers, artillery, jewellery, and traditional chinaware. Take a drive down the picturesque wadi arbayeen; don’t forget to visit the 400-year-old Quriyat fort before heading to the fish souk.
Nature lovers must plan a visit the Wahiba Sands, that is host to a variety of flora and fauna. For a dash of adventure, take a drive down the majestic Wadi Ghul, also known as Oman’s Grand Canyon. Drive down the Jebel Al Akhdar trail, famous for its fruit orchards, that is laid out in a terrace style along the slopes of the mountains. Embark on a bird watching trip by driving through the eastern Hajar mountains later taking the road down the imposing Wadi Mijlas.
Salalah, also known as the garden city of the south, is a must visit. Stop by the beautiful shanfari mosque with its exquisite artwork and stained tiles. Finally, round off your trip to Oman by taking a memorable Frankincense trail.