Bait Al Maqham

Historic Building in Muscat

Image by Jenny Walker Lonely Planet

Open on the whim of the gate-keeper, this fortified residence buried in a plantation in the suburb of Bawshar is worth a visit just for the location. Close to the city's last remaining sand dunes, Bait Al Maqham is a surprise find at the crease of the Hajar mountains. New houses are slowly encroaching, but for now this little castle presents a fascinating glimpse at Muscat's once-common plantation life.

It's best to park opposite Rashan Shopping Centre and follow the signs to avoid getting wedged between narrow plantation walls.