Oman doesn’t easily cross the mind when one thinks of traveling. However, it can be quite the destination with its many wonders. Oman is a country which consists of fishing villages as well as big metropolises. It is also home to grand mosques and dilapidated forts. In the center of Oman lie rugged mountains, sand dunes, and villages with mud houses. Oman is also a country of beaches dotted with different species of turtles. Let us take a look at some of the top tourist attractions in Oman
Bukha is a small town and its two forts are its main attraction. The first is the ruins of the Al Qala’s Fort. But the central tower of the fort still stands tall and offers a magnificent view of the fort’s walls. A short walk ahead will take you to the Bukha Fort. Unlike the previous one, this fort stands in its full glory. It is quite possibly the oldest fort in Oman and is known for its distinctive watch tower. Unlike other watchtowers, this one is pear shaped. When it was built, the fort was surrounded by the sea on three sides. Now the water has receded and it stands on a dry moat.
9. Masirah Island
Masirah is located off the Eastern coast of Oman. It is a relatively new tourist destination and is home to an Omani air base. It is a desert island and is known for its wildlife and scenic beaches. Masirah Island also offers great opportunities to water sports enthusiasts. Visit the Masirah Island for an authentic experience of a desert island.
8. Fort al-Jalali
Fort al-Jalali is a sight to be taken in. And, as a tourist, that is all you will be able to do. Its interiors are unfortunately closed to the public. But this doesn’t mean that you cannot admire its imposing beauty from the outside. Most castles and forts in Oman were built with the purpose of protecting the coastline. The Fort al-Jalali was no different. For years, it has protected the Omani coastline against invaders. The fort was captured by a lot of invaders but was never destroyed. The Fort al-Jalai was also used as a prison.
7. Jebel Akhdar
The Jebel Akhdar is part of the ‘Al Hajar’ mountains and is the highest point in the country. It is a nature reserve and is hikers’ paradise. An annual cycle race is conducted every year on the mountains. It is also a place where many important rock art sites have been discovered, most of them dating back to 6000 years!
6. Wahiba Sands
Do you want to camp in the desert and watch the sun go down? Then you need to go to Wahiba Sands. Wahiba Sands is a settlement of the Bedouin tribe. The place gives you a taste of desert lifestyle. Stay inside a tent on the desert, take a camel ride, or gaze at the sand dunes. You can also go for a night jeep safari or simply watch the sun rise.
5. Jabreen Fort
The Jabreen Fort is located 5 km from a town by the same name. Nestled amidst palm trees in the desert, it looks like a picture-perfect postcard. It is surrounded by high walls and has a small mosque inside. The interiors are even more exciting than the exterior, because the whole place is labyrinthine. As you try to navigate your way around, you will be able to see many small rooms packed into one place.
4. Ras al Jinz
The Ras al Jinz is a turtle reserve with a natural landscape and untouched coastlines. It is home to the endangered green turtle and is the only place where you can watch them nesting. It truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity! It might be interesting to know that Oman is home to five of the world’s seven turtle species. Along with the Ras al Jinz, the green turtle is also found at Masirah, Ras Al Hadd and Ad Daymaniyat islands. In the reserve, you can watch the turtles as they painstakingly build a nest on the sand. It is quite a dangerous journey for them as they are in constant danger of being attacked by predators. Tourists going to the reserve especially love to watch the turtles go back to the sea.
3. Bahla Fort
While Oman is home to over 500 castles, the Bahla Fort is a must-see among them. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of walls stretching a length of 7 miles! The fort was built in the 13th century but the walls were added later on. When the fort was built, Bahla was a thriving oasis and was popular with travelers and merchants. It is located about 2 hours from Muscat. The Bahla Fort is a sand-colored beauty and is certainly one of the most magnificent forts in the Middle East.
2. Mutrah Souk
If you want to experience constant buzzing and activity of people, then head to Mutrah Souk. Along with a unique shopping experience, you will get to see an authentic Middle Eastern market. The Mutrah Souk is the most popular tourist attraction in the country and draws more tourists than all the forts put together! As you enter the market, you might feel like you are entering an endless labyrinth. That is exactly the kind of experience which is worth remembering. Revel at the experience and pick up some gold or frankincense from the shops.
1. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a marble-clad beauty which is a must-visit attraction of Oman. It’s the only mosque in Oman which allows visitors from other faiths. As you leave your shoes and step inside, you cannot help but gawk at the interiors. A chandelier decorated with about 600,000 Swarovski crystals hangs from the ceiling, making for an imposing view. As you take in that sight and look around, you will find decorative pillars and domes which are all dressed up in cobalt blue, turquoise, and sea green.
Originally posted 2017-04-24 06:19:25.