Oman attractions

Top Choice Market in Muscat

Mutrah Souq

Many people come to Mutrah Corniche just to visit the souq, which retains the chaotic interest of a traditional Arab market albeit housed under modern timber roofing. Shops selling Omani and Indian artefacts togethe…
Top Choice Castle in Bahla & Jabreen

Jabreen Castle

Rising without competition from the surrounding plain, Jabreen Castle is an impressive sight. Even if you have had a surfeit of fortifications, it's worth making the effort to clamber over one more set of battlement…
Top Choice Mosque in Muscat

Grand Mosque

Quietly imposing from the outside, this glorious piece of modern Islamic architecture was a gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos to mark his 30th year of reign. The main prayer hall is breathtakingly beautiful. The…
Top Choice Fort in Nakhal

Nakhal Fort

Built on the foundations of a pre-Islamic structure, the towers and entrance of this fort were constructed during the reign of Imam Said Bin Sultan in 1834. There are excellent views of the Batinah Plain from the ra…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Jebel Samhan

Jebel Samhan Viewpoint

The upper plateau of Jebel Samhan suddenly ends in a vertiginous drop more than 1000 meters to the coastal plain below. Barely a ledge interrupts the vertical cliff, and it seems impossible that there should be any …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Salalah

Al Baleed Archaeological Park

Well-labelled and atmospherically lit at night, the ancient ruins of Al Baleed belong to the 12th-century trading port of Zafar. Frankincense was shipped from here to India in exchange for spices. Little is known ab…
Top Choice Canyon in Jebel Shams

Wadi Ghul Viewpoint

The term 'Grand Canyon of Arabia' is wholly deserved for this quintessential feature of Oman's spectacular mountain scenery. A short path leads to the edge of the limestone cliffs with a vertiginous 1000m drop into …
Top Choice Fort in Rustaq

Rustaq Fort

Two cannons mark the interior courtyard of this enormous fort – the entrance alone signals its former importance. Built on top of pre-Islamic foundations, the massive outer walls date from the 18th century while the…
Top Choice Bay in Khor Al Najd & Khor Al Sham

Khor Al Sham

This beautiful inlet is interesting for its stone fishing villages, accessible only by boat, and for Telegraph Island, which dots the middle of the bay. Huge flocks of seabirds, particularly comorants, gulls and ter…
Top Choice Lake in Eastern Salalah Plain

Wadi Darbat

A popular picnic site during the khareef and a great place to enjoy the jebel in any season, Wadi Darbat is a grassy plateau in the hills marked by Oman's largest natural permanent lake. This is the source of the es…