The road through Nakhal, from the fort to Ayn Thawarah hot springs, winds through a dense plantation of dates. Enough light passes through the feathery canopy of palms to allow for allotments of corn, alfalfa, edible greens, bananas and citrus trees to thrive in the small plots below. Even wild ferns and an occasional lily put in an appearance. The drive makes for an interesting close up of plantation life, where water is still diverted by rocks according to ancient principles.

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1. Ain Al Thawarah


Beyond the date plantations that surround Nakhal Fort, this hot spring emerges from the wadi walls and is directed into a falaj (immigration channel) for…

2. Nakhal Fort

0.82 MILES

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…

3. Harrat Asfalah

5.04 MILES

An old mosque lies at the heart of this crumbling fortification. Visitors are allowed (with shoes removed) to step into the outer are of the mosque where…

4. Al Ghasham Museum House


This fortified residence has hosted royalty on two occasions in its 300-year history. Now the sensitively restored, mud-brick house has been converted…

5. Wadi Mistal

10.25 MILES

Less wadi and more an extension of the Batinah Plain, Wadi Mistal leads through a narrow gap in the mountains to an enormous desert basin. Dotted with…

6. Watchtower

17.51 MILES

You have to pity the donkeys of the past who, until the 1980s, had to trudge up the punishingly steep track, laden with supplies, to reach the village of…

7. Picnic Shelter

17.87 MILES

Marking the end point of national Walking Route 25, this small pavilion has yet another spectacular vista across the Al Ghubra Basin a thousand metres…

8. Al Awabi Castle

19.78 MILES

Functioning less as a sight in its own right, picturesque though it may be, this fort as an excellent landmark for the slightly obscure entrance into Wadi…