Welcome to Barka


Barka is famous for its halwa, a unique, laboriously made Omani confection. A pot from dedicated halwa shops in town costs from OR8.

If visiting just for the day, then nearby Naseem Gardens, off the main Muscat–Sohar Hwy, makes a pleasant place for a picnic. It hosts part of the annual Muscat Festival with shopping stands, fun fairs and live entertainment.


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Barka activities

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Nakhal Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Barka Bull Fight Arena, Barka, Al Batinah GovernoratePickup 0830hrs from Muscat hotel / Port gate depart west from Muscat in the morning. Your first stop is at Barka, a seaside township with small fish market / souq and a fortfort along the shoreline. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Nakhal Fort, Nakhl, Al Batinah GovernorateMove from here to Nakhl where you will visit a Fort, spectacularly perched on a rocky prominence of the western Hajar mountains. Next we move inland to see the mineral laden hot springs and spend some time relaxing in the shades of date palms. Afterwards makeour way back to Muscat.Highlights :- Historical, Nature and culture.Duration: 3 hours

$80 Outdoor Activities

Muscat to Wadi Abyadh and Wekan Village Full-Day 4WD Adventure

Wadi Abyadh and Wekan Village (Day trip) 4WD :Muscat ToursMuscat What to Do ...!!!! .Visit Oman,Head to Barka, where you can find Camel Breeding Farm, where 100s of Omani thoroughbreds were brought up. Then proceed to Wadi Abyadh a magnificent wadi and one of the best among wadis of Oman included in Muscat tours  . A fabulous village with date plantation will be on your way. You can now enjoy the crystal rock pools. Later you reach Wadi Mistal. You can reach the mountain after 30 km .here you will find 2 villages (Hadash and Wekan).Drive right to visit Wekan "Agriculture village" which is 1700m above sea level. You will be astonished with the very beautiful landscapes and weather in the place .a variety of fruits is there. Return to Muscat.

$80 Shore Excursions

Wadi Abyadh and Wekan Village from Muscat

Wadi Abyadh and Wekan Village (Day trip) 4WD :Muscat ToursMuscat What to Do ...!!!! .Visit Oman,Head to Barka, where you can find Camel Breeding Farm, where 100s of Omani thoroughbreds were brought up. Then proceed to Wadi Abyadh a magnificent wadi and one of the best among wadis of Oman included in Muscat tours  . A fabulous village with date plantation will be on your way. You can now enjoy the crystal rock pools. Later you reach Wadi Mistal. You can reach the mountain after 30 km .here you will find 2 villages (Hadash and Wekan).Drive right to visit Wekan "Agriculture village" which is 1700m above sea level. You will be astonished with the very beautiful landscapes and weather in the place .a variety of fruits is there. Return to Muscat.

$80 Day Trips & Excursions

Muscat to Nakhl Rustaq Full-Day Trip with Desert Oasis Lunch

Nakhl Rustaq (Day trip) :Muscat tours Muscat What To Do ..!!!! Visit Oman .Nakhal lies at the foothills of the mountains near an abundant source of water, which irrigates extensive date palm plantations.After breakfast your guide will be waiting to you at hotel  or port gate or at airport  to Drive along the magnificent Batinah coastline to Barka then heading south to the Oasis of Nakhal. Visit a Fort dates back to the 17th Century and visit Al Thowarah Hot Springs. Picnic lunch in one of the many shades. Then moving to Rusatq to visit another pre-Islamic fort. Return to Muscat  and drop off at your hotel or ship after day trip to Nakhl Rustaq

$223 Day Trips & Excursions

Nakhl and Hot Springs Private Tour from Muscat

The Batinah coastline is famous for its beautiful sandy beaches and the ancient fort towns. This full day tour along Oman’s coast will first take you to Barka and its bustling, atmospheric Fish Souq. We then drive through lush date palms to the impressive Nakhl Fort, also know as Husn al Heem. Built on a rocky, 200-meter-high mountain peak, the dramatic Nakhl Fort is the most prominent feature in the town. It has a history, which dates back to the pre-Islamic period. This impressive piece of military architecture was built to protect trade routes from Nizwa to the coast. The fort has been extended several times over the centuries. Imams of Wadi Bani Kharous and the Ya'arubah dynasty resided here in the past. After that, we proceed to Ath Thaurwah hot springs where we will enjoy also a bag-lunch (Live BBQ can be organized.) After lunch, we proceed to the beautiful mountain farming village of Wakan in Wadi Mistal, which is renowned for its green agricultural terraces. The orchards are full trees bearing all sorts of fruit such as bright red pomegranates, apricots, grapes, almonds and peaches, which host an incredible display of pink and white blossom in the springtime.

$413.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Fascinating Fort Tour from Muscat

At 08:30 you will be picked up from your hotel or residence to start your day trip. Your first stop is at Barka, a seaside town with small souks and a fort along the shoreline. As you approach Nakhl, keep an eye out for the fortress that sits on a hillock outside the town. The fort’s origin is pre-Islamic with major contributions by the Al Ya’ruba and the Al Bu Sayed dynasties. You will then visit the mineral-laden hot springs water in Nakhl. Enjoy a picnic lunch under one of the many shades. You then move to Rustaq for a photo stop for another pre-Islamic fort. Later in the evening you return to Muscat by 16:30.