The most beautiful, meaningful and just the best places of the Arabian countries, worthy of a visit.
On the edge of the Arabian Peninsula is the Sultanate of Oman, often overlooked by tourists.
Oman – exotic destination with incredible sights and cities. The capital Muscat is the most popular destination, but can offer only a small part of the unique beauty of Oman. If you like desert landscapes, incredible mountain ranges, historical FORTS and warm beaches throughout the year – make Oman the next step in your travel list. In this tape presents an overview of the 10 main attractions of Oman:
Misfat al Abrin
At that time, as the larger city in Oman can be quite modern, smaller villages like Misfat al Abrin are interested in a more traditional atmosphere. This mountain village is composed of stone buildings in shades of orange and brown, reminding more of an Italian settlement than anything in the Arabian Peninsula. Misfat al Abrin is a perfect example of mountain life in Oman. A steep road leads constantly uphill, surrounded by banana trees and lush vegetation. Above the village rises an ancient watch tower, where it is necessary to climb for the best views of Misfat al Abrin and the surrounding areas. We also see the reservoir dam, and several other attractions.
The Island Of Masirah
Off the coast of Oman is Masirah island – a unique destination for tourists in search of sun, beaches, nature and historical attractions. The Masirah island is famous for its many relatively small traditional settlements. This means no crowds and plenty of isolated places to explore. Vehicle ferries operate from the mainland to the island on schedule, so getting here is not difficult. Top things to do in Masirah island include diving to a shipwreck near the coast and the observation of more than 30,000 turtles, which annually appear at the end of the tourist season.
Another incredible direction Bahla, located in Northern Oman. Bahla is a kind of oasis in the desert, where travelers stayed for many centuries. Bahla is located just 40 km from Nizwa, and the main historical landmark of the city is the impressive historic Fort. Bahla Fort dates back to the 13th century, when these territories were under the control of the tribe Banu Nebhan. In addition to the exploration of the Fort, note is made of Adobe city walls, stretching in length to more than 10 kilometers. The town of Bahla is widely known for its impressive selection of local pottery, which can be purchased on the market as a souvenir.
In the South of Oman is Salalah, the second city after Muscat. Salalah is especially important as the ancestral home of Sultan Qaboos, the ruling Oman since 1970. Among local attractions one can admire the unbelievable Palace of Qaboos and to evaluate the architecture in the Old town of haffa. To take in more ancient history, visit the archaeological site of al Balid. Salalah is famous for its incense, which can be purchased in the market in a Huff. From June to August the monsoons of India bring the rains, when the coastal area around the city is transformed into a green oasis with seasonal waterfalls and streams.
Jebel Akhdar means “Green Mountain”, as a part of the mountain range of al Hajar. But don’t let that name fool you – in the region of Jebel Akhdar is dominated by limestone, and the mountain itself is the highest point of Oman. Since the mountain is covered with luxuriant forests, there are well-developed agriculture, aided by the more moderate temperature elevation. The area is protected by law as a nature reserve. While walking on the Jabal Akhdar you will be impressed by nice terraces and orchards. Hiking trips to catch up with the jeep Safari in the desert of Oman, but it’s a great way to explore the Jebel Akhdar.
RAS al Jinz
On the most Eastern tip of Oman is a turtle sanctuary of RAS al Jinz. This reserve helps to preserve and protect populations of marine turtles of the Indian ocean. If you visit this place during the summer, or from may to October, you will see the turtle nests along the beach and even watch as the young turtles punch your way to the ocean. A visit to the turtle sanctuary of RAS al Jinz possible during a day trip from Muscat, but most visitors stay here for the night to explore other places of interest.
The Fjords Of Musandam
The Musandam Peninsula is the northernmost territory of Oman, separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. Some of the settlements far removed from civilization, but you will not regret going here on a journey. The fjords of Musandam stretch to the North, opening stunning views. Among the main attractions is to provide boat trips, excursions to the seaside and the cliffs, watching the dolphins from traditional Omani boats and scuba diving in the open sea. The population here is extremely small, and the animal is very diverse. These factors make the region one of the main attractions of Oman for nature lovers.
In the center of Oman throughout the desert there are numerous dunes, which are called Wahiba Sands. These parts are inhabited by Bedouins who lead a traditional way of life from generation to generation. Wahiba Sands is a popular destination for those in search of true, authentic and traditional Oman. Experience the nomadic way of life during the tour on camels and sleeping in the desert under the stars. The city of Ibra serves as a major gateway to the Wahiba Sands, where the majority of the city.
In the sixth and seventh centuries, Nizwa was once the capital of Oman. Today the city is primarily known for their incredible Fort built in the 17th century during the reign of Sultan bin al Sayfa I protection. However, some parts of the Fort have their roots to the ninth century. The main attraction of the Fort Nizwa is a huge cylindrical tower, and an interesting defensive mechanisms, including honey traps, and Windows of unusual shape for shooting at approaching enemies. The Fort also hosts a Museum showing the life of the 17th century in Oman. During a visit to Nizwa don’t miss your chance to visit the Bazaar numerous markets in the city centre. Here you can buy Souvenirs and feel the authentic atmosphere of Nizwa.
In Muscat there are numerous main sights of Oman. If you want to visit only one place in Oman – it should definitely be possible. This city is home to FORTS, palaces, museums and markets, offering something for all tourists. Although visitors are not allowed inside the Royal Palace of Qasr al Alam, you can head over to the harbour and admire the structure in the immediate vicinity. The guardian of the Palace are FORTS of al Jalali and al Mirani, which were transformed into museums and are open to the public. Non-Muslim tourists can also visit the breathtaking Grand Mosque of Sultan Qaboos. Tours are offered each morning, and special attention deserves huge transparent chandelier, marble wall panels and the second largest Persian carpet in the world.
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