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Muscat

Oman’s capital is divided into 3 main districts, Muscat, Mutrah and Ruwi.

Muscat, the old walled port town, is dominated by the Sultan’s palace, government offices and buildings of the Royal Court. 2 well preserved 16 th century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani, guard the entrance to Muscat, and the city walls contain 3 beautifully carved original gates.

The town’s old houses and narrow streets are overlooked by the hill side Mutrah Fort. The Ali Mosque and the New Mosque beside the sea add to the district’s charm and charisma. Mutrah port is the capital’s commercial centre and its fish market, souk and several bazaars are well worth visiting.

Ruwi is the capital’s business district and has brilliant streets for shopping. The National Museum, which features fine displays of Omani silverwork, and the Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum, which outlines Omani history, are situated here.

Salalah

The capital of the southern region is a city set amongst coconut groves and banana plantations, spread along sandy beaches that run the length of its plain. The flourishing vegetation makes Salalah seem almost tropical, particularly as it is 1 of the only places in the Arabian peninsular that catches the monsoon. The Al-Balid ruins, site of the ancient city of Zafar, are a main tourist attraction.

Sur

Located in the northeastern province of Sharqiya, Sur is a seafaring town, a fishing village and a trading port all rolled into 1. Famous for its traditional shipbuilding, Sur started trading along the African coast as early as the 6 th century. It is an old town with winding streets, engraved wooden doors and old Arabesque buildings. The nearby village of Tiwi is also worth visiting.

Sohar

There is a extremely large and functional souk (market) in Sohar, full of tailors, fruit sellers and fishermen. An imposing 4 storey fort with 6 towers overlooks the bay.

Matrah-Muscat

Archaeological excavation of the tumuli at the site of Souks Bausharios is captivating.

Nizwa

Now the main town in the interior province, with an immense palm oasis stretching for 13 kilometres (8 miles) along the course of 2 wadis, Nizwa was once the country’s capital during the 6 th and 7 th centuries.

Famous for its gold and silver handicrafts, the centre of the town is dominated by the large circular tower of 1 of Oman’s oldest and largest forts.

Jabrin

The 17th century fortified palace situated here is notable for its painted wooden ceilings and the stunning view across the desert to the mountains.

Bahla

Dating back to the 3 rd millennium BC, this ancient town has 7 miles of ancient defensive walls and is a World Heritage Site. There is a good souk here and the town is well known for its pottery. The beautiful village of Al Hamra can be found nearby.

Jebel Akhdar

Literally ‘The Green Mountain’, and rising to nearly 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), Jebel Akhdar is noted for its date palm groves, valleys and terraced villages, including Bani Habib and Sharijah.

On the northern slopes of the Jebel Akhdar are the fortress of Al Hazm, built in 1708, and the oasis town of Rostaq, which contains the tombs of Oman’s early rulers. On the side of a deep wadi on the south slope of the Jebel Akhdar, sits Misfah, one of the most stunning villages in Oman.

Qurum

Qurum summarises Oman’s archaeology, history and culture. The National Museum has a collection of jewellery, silver, weapons and ancient stone artefacts. From here dhows cruise along the palm fringed coast and there are brilliant fishing grounds and beaches.