Discovering the most famous sights in Oman is always fascinating. Don’t miss out on the best destinations that have made their reputation as a must-see country while on vacation in Oman. Located at the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is a somewhat mysterious country, which we have all heard of, but which we have no information or a travel idea for. Traveling in Oman is easy, as it is a very safe country with amiable and hospitable people. On this page, I list 25 places to visit in Oman.
Khasab Musandam Fjords
Fjords ofKhasabMusandam – This peninsula, separated from the rest of the country, is known for its fjords of desert mountains and waters of a beautiful shade of blue.
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Muscat – the Capital of Oman
Muscat – The capital of Oman has a lovely historic area. With buildings of Eastern / African lines, and several forts by the sea. Muscat is a calm and peaceful destination to spend a couple of days visiting markets, museums, mosques, and areas by the sea.
Masirah Island – Desolate and desert place. If you like to have the feeling of being practically in the middle of nowhere and in a place where almost no one goes, then you will love this island off the coast of the Indian Sea. There are several desert beaches where you can see turtles laying eggs.
Jebel Akhdar Mountain
Crossing Jebel Akhdar was one of the best moments of my trip. I made it from Al Hamra to ArRustaq, on the other side of the mountain. These tracks are for making a jeep, but I did it with an average car. I do not advise, and if you happen to do so, go very carefully. The landscapes are out of this world. It’s all beautiful.
Job is a biblical character from the Old Testament Book of Job. In this place, you can visit his grave, and, in the outside area, there is a place where he has the mark of his footprint. The entire enclosure is a Muslim pilgrimage complex. In Islam, Job is considered a prophet, and his name is known in Arabic as Ayoub. This place is located on the mountain, in the Salalah region.
Taqah Castle on Mirbat
Taqah Castle dates back to the 19th century and is located at the entrance to Mirbat. It was built to be the permanent residence of Sheikh Ali bin Timman Al Ma’shand. Very well maintained, this castle also has a fascinating ethnographic museum, which shows various aspects of the life and culture of this region.
This – Ruins of the lost city of Ubar
They are not exactly the most spectacular ruins I have ever visited, as there is not much to see. Still, the adventure of reaching this place, through a track road through the desert and arriving an isolated area, with camels, goats, and walls written with “The Lost City of Ubar,” it is exotic enough that I would have liked to go to this historic place. At the end of this village, there is a small farm with lots of animals, including several camels.
The Sumhuran dates from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD This is one of the most critical places in the region, from pre-Islamic times. This was one of the high production centers in Olibano, also known as frankincense, in southern Arabia. The ruins are spectacular, with an incredible landscape.
Ruins of Al-Baleed
Massive archaeological complex, on the coast close to the city of Salalah. Ibn Batuta visited this place in 1329 and reported the beauty of this place. Most of the buildings in the citadel would be built in an architectural style typical of the Dhofar region, mixing wood and stone.
Without a doubt, the most beautiful castle I visited in Oman. SamailHosn or Samail Castle is surrounded by mountains and substantial palm groves. A real oasis in the middle of such desert mountains. A few km before Samail, there is yet another small fortress, known for its watchtowers and which overlook the entire oasis valley.
Incense Markets in Salalah
Salalah is a city of enormous importance in the frankincense trade. Here, there are two (modern) markets where there are lots of stores with lots of incense and quality products. I bought 4 kilos of frankincense and sent it home by mail. Even today, I burn; it smells perfect. Salalah also has the beach area that you can visit and the massive mosque of Sultan Qaboos (ask to pay a visit even inside the mosque).