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Must Do Things in Sohar – Make Every Day Count!

Sohar is a popular travel destination in Oman. If you are planning a visit, be sure to add these activities in to your itinerary.

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Relax on a beach

Relax on a beach

Sohar is a great destination for beach lovers. The area is home to some lovely safe beaches that provide ample opportunities to relax and to enjoy a stunning view. The beaches are meticulously maintained and are perfectly clean while the water is gentle and refreshing. The beaches are also family friendly and excellent for spending a few hours. Some of the best hotels in Oman are located within easy reach of the lovely beaches of Sohar. The Al Wadi Hotel Sohar is a great accommodation choice for all types of travellers.

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Visit Sohar Castle

Visit Sohar Castle

Sohar Castle is one of the most prominent attractions in the entire city. The castle was constructed sometime between the 13th and 14th centuries by the Emirs of Hormuz. The castle was captured by Imam Nasser bin Murshid Al Ya'arubi who expelled the Portuguese invaders from the castle. Since then, it has been used as the Al-Bu Said dynasty's administration centre. Among the interesting features of the Sohar Castle is an escape tunnel that runs from the fort's interior to the Buraimi Wilayat which is located about 10 kilometres to the west. This route is believed to have been used to obtain reinforcements during times of war. The castle is also home to a museum.

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Go shopping

Go shopping

Aside from relaxing and a chance to explore a rich heritage, Sohar also offers ample opportunities for shopping. There are quite a few shopping centres in the city if you wish to load up on branded goods, electronics and other department store items. Lulu, Al Fair and Safeer Hypermarket are great places to find these items and to get away from the heat. If you would like a more traditional shopping experience, you can head to the traditional Souk located in the centre of the town to browse through and purchase a range of unique items that are only found in souks. The market located in Al Hujra, close to the famous Sohar Castle is also a great choice for traditional souq merchandise. Most travellers go shopping in Sohar not only to purchase items but also to enjoy the fascinating sights along the way.

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Explore the city by bike

Explore the city by bike

One of the most popular ways to explore the city of Sohar is to ride a bicycle on the streets. The beautiful scenery can then be enjoyed along with the culture and the daily lives of the locals. If you have planned your tour from September to April, the weather is milder and perfect for bicycle riding in comparison to the high heat and humidity during most other parts of the year. You may even be able to arrange a guide to come along with you to learn more about the attractions on the bike route.

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Take a break at a park

Take a break at a park

Sohar is home to two major parks: The Sohar Park located in Al Humbar and Silver Jubilee Park in Sallan. The parks make a great stop along the way if you are taking a biking tour of the city or if you need a break from the city heat. If you visit during the afternoons, you will find plenty of locals and travellers enjoying some quiet time in the parks.