The road towards the foothills of Jebel Akhdar passes through the city of Nizwa, where the first stop is planned. Acquaintance with the ancient capital begins with a visit to the oriental bazaar with its fruit, vegetable, fish galleries, famous for its antique courtyard and a specific market for selling pets. The local fort, known for its non-traditional round tower, deserves special attention. In search of amazing places, as a long-awaited surprise – at the bottom of the deepest canyon, like a toy, the mountain village of Misfat, immersed in plantations of date palms, lemons and fruit trees. Highlanders live in ancient stone huts, maintaining a centuries-old lifestyle. The source of water in these places is Wadi Nakh. On the way to Jebel Shams, one more stop at the village of Wadi Ghul with a terraced farm typical of the local area. And finally, having climbed high in the mountains in a jeep, you will be simply amazed by what you see – in front of you is a canyon of indescribable beauty with a moving, translucent cover of weightless clouds. At a glance, multi-colored mountains sparkling in the sun with the highest peak for these places are presented. A place where you can fully feel that the depth is a continuation of the height! The mountains of Oman are fraught with many surprises – fossilized remains of marine life were discovered here… At a glance, multi-colored mountains sparkling in the sun with the highest peak for these places are presented. A place where you can fully feel that the depth is a continuation of the height! The mountains of Oman are fraught with many surprises – fossilized remains of marine life were discovered here … At a glance, multi-colored mountains sparkling in the sun with the highest peak for these places are presented. A place where you can fully feel that the depth is a continuation of the height! The mountains of Oman are fraught with many surprises – fossilized remains of marine life were discovered here…
This is a journey along the picturesque coastline towards the city of Sur. Along the way, you can admire the magnificence of stunning beauty, wild white sand beaches and transparent turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman. The first stop at the Bima Basin is a very beautiful crater filled with turquoise water. Several legends are associated with this place. The road passes through places where you can often see galloping gazelles. It is highly likely that on a sunny day, right from the cliffs, you will be able to watch flocks of sharks stalking their prey in the sea. The next stop is Finns Beach, the beauty of which has always captivated travelers. Another of the most beautiful places in this region is the pretty village of Tiui, with its contrasting plantations, stretching along a wadi immersed in greenery. You can move along the water stream overgrown with exotic plants directly in the car.
Splendor of Batina
Departing on an SUV trip along the coastline of Batina, we first stop in the village of Seeb and visit the village fish market. On the way to Nakhl, we cross a magnificent palm grove, a mountain landscape covered with green vegetation opens up to your eyes. The village of Nakhl is famous for its natural hot springs and ancient fort. Then we go to the mountains to get acquainted with the life of the high-altitude farm of the village of Wakan Village, famous for its terraced fields. The name of the wadi translates as white river. Moving along the bed of the wadi, winding among the mountains, every now and then we meet with its small pools, which still retained water. When traveling, it is advisable to bring light, comfortable clothes and shoes with you.
The Jebel Akhdar mountains rise to 2000 meters above sea level and have their own climate, truly unique for the Arabian Peninsula. This is a beautiful green island that adorns the Al Hajar mountain range. Only in this place of Oman grows juniper and rare medicinal herbs. The climate of this region is moderate – in summer the temperature does not rise above +30 C, and in winter it reaches -5C. The road towards Jebel Akhdar passes through the city of Nizwa, where the first stop is planned. Acquaintance with the ancient capital begins with a visit to the oriental bazaar with its fruit, vegetable, fish galleries, famous for its antique courtyard and a specific market for selling pets. The local fort deserves special attention, known for its round tower of non-traditional sizes. On the way to Jebel Akhdar, we will walk with pleasure along Birkat al Mauz, an ancient mountain settlement of the early 17th century, surrounded by plantations of banana, date palms, and other fruit trees. Then we will go towards Wadi Al Madin which serves as a passage to Jebel Akhdar. On the slopes of Jebel Akhdar there are beautiful terraced orchards, the water of which comes from natural springs and falajs. A wide selection of fruits such as peaches, apricots, figs, grapes, apples, pears, plums, almonds, walnuts are the fruits of local orchards. And in this region grows a special variety of pomegranates, famous for their excellent quality. The settlements of Saik, with their ancient dwellings near Wadi Bani Habit and Al Ain, impress with their fantastic landscapes with miniature mountain lakes. They strike the imagination of everyone, who visited these tiny paradise islands at the very mountain peaks. And from March to April, the air of Jebel Akhdar is saturated with a pink aroma due to their mass flowering. Since time immemorial, local residents have been producing the world-famous rose water.
An excursion to the ancient capital is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the heritage of the ancient Arab civilization, it is the most informative in terms of historical information and perhaps the most famous. In the VI century, Nizwa became the capital of the first independent state and is also the ancestor of Islam in Oman. For long periods of history, Nizwa was an important economic, commercial and spiritual center of the country and the main stronghold of the defense of the interior of Oman, now Nizwa is the center of the province of “Inner Oman” On the way to Nizwa, a stop is planned in the town of Fanja with an inspection of the ancient eastern irrigation system – “al -falag”, with mini-channels. Of great interest is also the inspection of the famous ancient fort built in Nizwa in the middle of the 17th century, known for its original design and architecture. The program includes a visit to the oriental bazaar, which consists of fruit, cattle, fish and antique yards. On Fridays, you can watch the sale, exchange, auctions of livestock and camels. For shopping, you should look into the antique courtyard, the air of which is saturated with spicy aromas, where, in the atmosphere of antiquity, hospitable oriental merchants meet buyers and offer their goods to the welcome guest: products of local artisans, souvenirs, overseas fabrics and spices, silver jewelry, national clothes, incense, luxury goods. And if you want, you can become the only owner of a rare product, which, perhaps, keeps the secrets of its history of origin! For those who travel on their own, it is recommended to visit the mosques, one of which was the residence of the famous Sufi philosopher Al-Kindi, and for lunch, look at the inexpensive Omani restaurant Al-Akar, which is located next to the market. Traveling in a comfortable bus, organized tourists with the help of a guide have the opportunity to get acquainted with the rich history of the country, its numerous old photographs, guard observation towers and modern buildings. 5 km from the town of Bahlya, next to a fabulously beautiful palm grove, is the ancient Jibrin Fort. On the way to the fort, tourists get acquainted with its dramatic history. The fort – the palace is distinguished by its interior decoration, founded in 1668 by Imam Balarab, is considered one of the most valuable buildings in Oman. In the 17th century, Jibrin Fort, thanks to the rare qualities of its owner and founder, was the center of culture and education of the whole country. Birkat al Mauz is an ancient mountain settlement of the early 17th century in the valley of Wadi Muaydin, another place to visit during the trip. Known for its fort and underground viaduct with the falaj al-Khatmein. The tour usually starts right after breakfast.
Moving along the streets of Muscat and getting acquainted with its sights, use the rare opportunity to become witnesses of how modern commercial centers coexist in harmony with traditional oriental culture! The tour starts from the embassy quarter and includes: a visit to the second largest mosque in the Arab only in size, architecture (the complex stretches for one km along Sultan Qaboos Street), but also with magnificent interiors; crabs, lobsters…, fresh fruits and vegetablesbrought for sale from all over the world visit to the museum “House of Zubeira” which contains collections of antiques, jewelry, national clothes, old and modern photographs – testifying to the history and life of the Omanis visit to the historical Muscat with its picturesque old bay, with two Portuguese forts 16th century and the al-Alam Palace standing between them – one of the six official residences of Sultan Qaboos
A ship sets off from the shores of the ancient port in search of a meeting with wonderful creatures whose intelligence scientists still cannot fully appreciate! Sailing along the coastline of Muscat, tourists can admire its magnificent views from the sea, see many amazingly beautiful equipped and wild beaches, with their own coves. You will certainly want to visit these charming places next time. At sea, you will watch the work of local fishermen. And when you get to the place where, under the rays of the gentle sun, dolphins are splashing on the waves, you will experience the real pleasure of what you see! Communication with dolphins has not left anyone indifferent! Just a few kilometers from the coastline of Muscat, the lucky ones will be able to admire even a few species of cetaceans. You can be sure,
Sands of Wahiba
Wahiba Sands is an endless mass of waves of red and white sea of sands and dunes, growing up to 200 meters, with its variety of animal and plant life. The constantly changing configurations of the dunes seem mysterious and are especially impressive at sunset. A visit to a real Bedouin hut gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with the simple life of its inhabitants and helps to better understand the customs of the locals. A stark contrast to Wahibe is the small pretty village of Wadi Bani Khalid nestled in the mountains. The fairly deep-water river has very beautiful banks with lush vegetation, in the shade of which it is convenient to sit out the midday heat.