If you are looking to travel to Oman, you want to make sure that you see the best spots. We have compiled a list of our top places to visit on your next trip to Oman.
1. Downtown Muscat
Travel back through history as you explore ancient Arabia in the city that was declared the “Arab City of Culture” for 2012. The old city is guarded by two imposing 16th century Portuguese fortresses, and where nearby museums housed in old mansions and forts tell the story of Oman. Explore the famous Muttrah souq, which is packed with exotic spices and wares of Arabia. The crowning jewel of the city is the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, built with 300,000 tons of Indian sandstone, this breathtakingly ornate mosque boasts the second largest hand-woven carpet in the world.
2. Jebel Akhdar ( near Nizwa)
Jebel Akhdar, or “the Green Mountain” is one of the most spectacular views in Oman. It’s peak, Jebel Shams, is the highest point, not only in Oman, but all of eastern Arabia and offers breathtaking beauty in every direction. Although this destination can only be reached by a 4X4 vehicle, it is well worth the climb. This location is perfect for those interested in hiking, a quiet picnic, or snapping scenic shots in the strikingly cooler mountain climate. If you happen to visit on a Friday, you have the bonus of witnessing the colorful livestock market in Nizwa as hundreds of local Bedouin men and traditionally dressed ladies attend this timeless and fascinating event, held every Friday morning.
Located in the southern region of Oman, Salalah is one of Arabia’s best kept secrets. With pristine beaches, beautiful mountain landscapes, and full of rich history, this city has something for everyone. History buffs can explore the ruins of the Queen of Sheba’s palace, a tomb reputed to be of the prophet Job, and even explore the frankincense trail. The most-fascinating part of this city, however, is certainly the unique weather. Between July and early September, during a season known as “khareef”, this coastal city is transformed, almost miraculously, into a lush paradise of flowing rivers, green pastures, and flowing waterfalls! You won’t find another place like it in Arabia!
4. Ras al-Jinz Turtle Beach
Ras al-Jinz is an extremely important nesting site of the endangered green turtle. On the beaches of this little town, thousands of turtles return annually to lay their eggs, creating a beautiful natural wonder. The best time to see the turtles laying their eggs is between June and August, while the best months to see both laying and hatching are September through November. Travelers Tip: Turtles arrive on the beach throughout the year, but tend to avoid the beach at full moon.
5. Wahiba Sands
The picturesque rippling dunes of the Wahiba Sands encompass the quintessential image of Arabia. Covering the area the size of Wales, this enormous sand sea is patterned in elegant geometric designs, while sand dunes can rise up to 150 meters. The opportunity to spend the night under a canopy of stars in the peace and solitude of the wilderness is one that will not be easily forgotten.