There are many places to visit in Oman. In this article, we wanted to talk about a wonderful country that will dream of a vacation for those who are very bored at home during the pandemic period.
The first settlement on the territory of Oman dates back to 10,000 years ago. There are many other beauties to see in Oman other than the capital Muscat. But touring Oman without seeing Muscat would be an incomplete Oman trip. It is necessary to watch a sunrise on Jebel Akhdar Mountain and smell the roses of the Grand Mosque in Muscat.
Known as the modern capital of Oman, Muscat is a beautiful city with pristine beaches, traditional marketplaces, and stunning mountain scenery. You will probably feel like you are going backward in history while walking around the Mutrah market. See breathtaking views at the royal opera house Muscat with its sparkling white stone walls where jazz artists such as Chick Corea and Branford Marsalis perform.
Al Alam Palace
Located in the old town, Al Alam Palace was built in 1972. The palace is used for official affairs and hosting royal guests’. Even if you do not have the chance to enter the palace and walk around, you can stroll around the garden and take a few souvenir photos.
While you have gone as far as Muscat, it is not without visiting the ancient city of the fortification, one of the ancient Tyre cities 300 km away from it. The city, which was occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century, was one of the most important cities in terms of trade. The fact that it is a port and a city of trade brought great wealth to it. The city attracts thousands of guests every year with its historic castle, ancient beach, especially the shipyard.
Although the harbor of Tyre is known as a place where traditional Arabian sailboats are produced, the white sandy beaches of the city are Ra Al Jinz turtle spawning ground. Thousands of turtles visit this place every year.
There are two castles of historical importance in the city of Tyre.
Misfat Al Abreyeen
Oman is one of the cities that has rapidly adapted to the change of the modern age. Therefore, the more urbanization increases in the country, the more modern structuring increases. Misfat Al Abriyeen is one of the most beautiful places to visit among the date trees to relive the history. You will feel as if you are walking in old Oman with the mudbrick houses and narrow streets of this small village among palm treesWhen you have been to Oman, you should definitely see this historic village.
Located more than 621 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of the capital Muscat, Salalah is far from the main hustle and bustle of Oman but worth a visit.
Salalah is the third largest city in Oman. The climate of the region is suitable for the growth of many exotic plants.
It is possible to travel from the capital in 8 to 9 hours, but if you prefer to fly there Salalah also has its own international airport.
It is home to different and interesting sites such as the historic UNESCO Frankincense Land Museum, Al Baleed Archaeological Park, and Prophet Job’s Tomb.
The city (known locally as Khareef season) is famous for its lush green scenery during the monsoon season. Khareef season lasts from late June to early September, when the city organizes the annual Salalah Tourism Festival.
Of course, beyond these, while you are there, you will not be returning without seeing the Oman waterfall you see in the picture.
Sumhuram Old Town
Located on a small hill, this city overlooks the Darbat river. Sumhuram city 1st century was established in the and was abandoned for a long time of 500 years. The question of why this beautiful port city was abandoned for so long remains unanswered.
Today, only some of the limestone ruins of this beautiful city are allowed for guests to visit. But even these remains are enough for one to dream.
The city of Nizwa is located in the inner parts of Oman, in the A’Dakhiliyah region of the country. It is a landlocked area consisting of a large area of the Al Hajar Mountain Range.
Tourists and locals can enjoy visiting the famous Nizwa fortress and bazaar, one of Oman’s oldest castles. Nizwa souk is famous for precious handicrafts such as pure silver jewelry and traditional pottery, which are well known in the city. Those who visit the market early enough on a Friday morning can attend the goat market and witness a true Oman experience.
While going to Nizwa, we think it would not be possible to return without seeing the tanuf ruins. If you want to follow traces of past life in Oman, this is the right place. Located opposite the Al Hajar mountains, these city ruins are the remnants of the settlement that was abandoned during the war in 1850.
Jebel Akhdar Mountains
Jebel Akhdar is one of the highest mountain ranges in Oman and is located in the Ad Dakhiliyah region down the road from Nizwa city.
It is a mountainous plateau known for its green terrace fields full of roses and pomegranates. İt got its nickname “Green Mountain” in this way. Tourists can watch the traditional rose water extraction ceremony with a local Omani guide. Additionally, visitors can hike through ancient villages such as Sayq.
Sharqiya Sands (also known as Wahiba Sands) is the desert region of Oman named after the Bani Wahiba Bedouin tribe. The area consists of large, deserted sand masses with towering orange dunes that stretch for miles. Out of a handful of tourist resorts, the area consists of just a few Bedouin tribes and small families who live there.
Tourists can cross the dunes in 4X4 trucks during the day and enjoy a pleasant barbecue among the stars in the evening.