Attractions

Top Choice Souq 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 & Jabrin

Jabrin Castle

Rising without competition from the surrounding plain, Jabrin Castle is an impressive sight. Even if you have had a surfeit of fortifications, make the effort to clamber over one more set of battlements as Jabrin is…
Top Choice Souq in Nizwa

Nizwa Souq

The site of one of the oldest souqs in the country, this extensive marketplace is dedicated mostly to fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, all of which are housed in new buildings behind the great, crenulated piece …
Top Choice Fort in Khasab

Khasab Fort

With its command of the bay sadly diminished since Lulu supermarket was built on reclaimed land opposite, Khasab Fort nonetheless cuts quite a dash with its four stone turrets and fine crenelations. Built by the Por…
Top Choice Castle in Al Kamil

Old Castle Museum

Home to an extraordinary museum, this private castle houses the personal collection of Sheikh Khalfan Al Hashmi. His great grandfather owned the 250 year-old castle and donated it to the government; it was restored …
Top Choice Waterfront in Muscat

Mutrah Corniche

Mutrah stretches along an attractive corniche of latticed buildings and mosques; it looks spectacular at sunset when the light casts shadows across a serrated crescent of mountains, while pavements, lights and fount…
Top Choice Fort in Bahla & Jabrin

Bahla Fort

A remarkable set of battlements is noticeable at every turn in the road, running impressively along the wadi and making Bahla one of the most comprehensive walled cities in the world. These walls extend for several …
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 rich. The Pers…
Top Choice Palace in Muscat

Sultan’s Palace

If you stand by the harbour wall on Mirani St, the building to the right with the delightful mushroom pillars in blue and gold is the Sultan’s Palace. On the inland side, an avenue of palm trees leads to a roundabou…
Top Choice Museum in Al Hamra

Bait al Sifah

This quirky museum is more open-house than historical display. Three ladies accompany guests around their traditional house in the aged and crumbling village of Al Hamra. They demonstrate the culinary arts of junipe…