Once famous for dhow-building, Sur's boatyards are still functioning and open to visitors. Given this, plus a fine corniche, two forts, souqs and excellent beaches nearby, Sur is generally included on tours of Oman. It also serves as a convenient base for beauty spots around Tiwi and the turtle reserve at Ras Al Jinz.
Ask what people associate with Sur today, however, and there's a high chance the giant gas plant on the edge of town will be mentioned. The large industrial fringe that creeps along the undercliff of the Eastern Hajar Mountains has been something of a blight to a small section of coast, but it has also brought wealth to the town, bringing in long-stay expats who spend money in the town's growing number of shops. For visitors, the town's growth has led to a choice of hotels from which to explore Sur's many attractions.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Sur.
Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Sur.