Oman is a country of natural beauty and rich heritage. The people are friendly, warm, and inviting, and if you are looking for a relaxing and inviting atmosphere, you won’t go wrong. Be prepared for hot weather, vibrant aromas and incredible scenery, and plan your trip to ensure that you see a good selection of both natural and man-made attractions when you visit.
Oman may not be on many people’s bucket list of holiday destinations, but that is only because it is a hidden gem that so few people know about. It has been on my travel wishlist since I was a teenager, thanks to one of my parents’ friends who worked in Oman for a while. Grab yourself an Oman evisa and plan to visit some of the incredible destinations below for the holiday of a lifetime.
Swim At Wadi Shab
Wadi Shab is one of many wadi, or canyons, that can be found across the country. There are many that have no water in them, and they are still places of incredible natural beauty, but Wadi Shab stands out because of its crystal clear waters. It is a little more difficult to reach than some of the other spots on this list, requiring a short boat ride and moderate hike, but it is well worth the trip, and the boat ride itself is an experience that you won’t soon forget. Once your hike is complete, you will be able to unwind with a dip in the warm waters of the lagoon, too.
Visit Bahla Fort
One of the joys of visiting Oman is that even the most popular tourist spots are rarely packed, and some of them barely have visitors at all. Entry to Bahla Fort has minimal cost and plenty of history. It was constructed in the 13th Century, and you can literally spend hours here without ever seeing another tourist. It is a spectacular location – Oman’s only UNESCO-listed fort – and you are free to wander around the grounds as you wish.
Photograph The Jebel Shams
The Jebel Shams are found in the Hajar Mountain Range, and they are often referred to as being the Grand Canyon of the Middle East. At nearly 10,000 feet, it offers spectacular views, especially as the sun is setting or rising. While it is worth visiting just for the experience, if you are a keen photographer, then this is arguably the best spot in the country. You will have to drive to the top of the mountain, and it is possible to make the journey in a regular car, but you can also hire a 4×4 to make the journey a little easier.
Shop At Mutrah Souq
A souq is an Oman marketplace, frequented by locals and visited by tourists. Traders peddle traditional wares including clothing and ornaments. You will find traditionally crafted silverware, as well as plenty of frankincense and other produce. This will be one of the busier locations you visit, and it can get hot and a little overwhelming in the middle of the day, but the Mutrah Souq is also open in the evenings when it is cooler and quieter.
Stay At Misfat Al Abriyeen
To really experience Oman life, you should try to stay in a mud village. Misfat al Abriyeen is built into the side of a mountain and overlooks banana plantations and date fields. The locals are welcoming and friendly, as they are throughout the country, and you could even find an inexpensive Airbnb in the region.
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Explore Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
There are many mosques in Oman, and one of the most impressive is that of the Qaboos Grand Mosque. This is also one of the few that welcomes visitors. Men and women should wear clothes that fully cover the arms and legs, and women should wear a scarf to cover their heads, but you can visit anytime except Friday morning.
Spend Some Time In Muscat
Even if you are visiting Oman for the peace and quiet, you should spend at least some time in its capital city, Muscat. As well as being home to the National Museum and the Royal Opera House, it has a wealth of attractions and incredible places to visit. It is a vibrant city, filled with life, and just like the rest of Oman, you will be made to feel welcome wherever you go.
Experience The National Museum Of Oman
Founded in 2016, the National Museum of Oman is located in Muscat and is packed with exhibitions and displays relating to Oman culture and heritage. As well as static displays, there are large monitors that really bring the history of the country to life. If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids, or you simply want to find out more about that beautiful country you’re visiting, we suggest a stop here. The National Museum is one of several great Oman museums you can visit during your stay.
Enjoy A Performance At The Royal Opera House
Also in Muscat, the Royal Opera House was built in 2011. It features some of the most striking modern architecture of any location in the world, and it might come as a shock because modern architecture is not found in many parts of the nation. The Opera House is the main location for art exhibitions and shows, and they take place all year round. Take an evening to take in a show here during your trip.
Bathe At The Bimmah Sinkhole
After your visit to the National Museum, or to fresh before you head to watch a show at the Royal Opera House, why not enjoy a natural bath at the Bimmah Sinkhole. It has crystal clear turquoise waters and is surrounded by stunning rocky scenery. There are steps into the sinkhole and the site is located just East of Muscat, which makes it a perfect stop-off when visiting the capital, or if you’re staying in the city.
See Everything Sur Has To Offer
Sur is the capital city of the Al Sharqiyah region in the Northeastern corner of the country. It has long been a significant stop for sailors in the region, and it was once famed for its production of ships. It has an incredible cliffside road, or corniche, two forts, and a turtle reserve. As a reasonably sized city, there are also plenty of places to eat, drink, and spend some hours in the company of friendly locals.