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Adventurous Experiences in Jabal Akhdar – The Top Adventures Jabal Akhdar Has to Offer

The Hajar Mountains stretch from Oman all the way to Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, and one of the most spectacular areas within it is Jabal Akhdar.


Explore Nizwa

It is widely considered that Nizwa is the origin of Islam in Oman, and is one of the oldest cities in Oman. It was even once the capital, and therefore is a bustling centre of trade, as well as being a cultural attraction. When it comes to Oman sightseeing this is definitely one of the best places to start. There's also a lot of accommodation with luxury hotels such as Alila Jabal Akhdar. Nizwa's fort is the biggest in the entire Arabian Peninsula, and is an essential visit. The fort was built sometime in the 12th century, and one can climb all the way to the top using a spiral staircase. The Jebel Akhdar souq is also a great place to explore Middle-Eastern culture and check out various items ranging from silver jewellery, to leather goods and even fresh food.


Tour Jabreen Castle

This spectacular palace was built during the 1600s for the ruler and his family. The elaborate and exquisite palace was built three stories high and boasts multiple reception halls, many meeting rooms, a court room and even a library. The palace also contains classrooms where the ruler's students were educated privately. The doors of the castle are decorated elegantly with Arabic calligraphy and many frescoes adorn the palace's walls. The entire castle is an example of traditional Omani beauty.


Visit the Friday Goat Market

Taking a trip to this market provides a unique way to experience a very ancient practice that is still kept alive in Oman. Although it is called the Goat Market, all manners of live animals are traded here including cows and sheep. There will be a few people who will be happy to give you a breakdown on the types of animals and their values. The prices of goats start from around USD100 but can reach much higher values than that. Ethiopian goats are generally the lowest in the value scale while Omani goats are ranked as the most superior, with prices per goat rising as high as USD1000.


Go for a Nature Walk

Some of the best sights Jabal Akhdar has to offer can only be accessed on foot. There are various kinds of treks to choose from, with some lasting the entire day along with shorter ones that will last about three hours. The Falaj irrigation system is an ancient structure that was constructed sometime in the 1st century AD to siphon water from underground sources in order to sustain agriculture while providing a source of water for the inhabitants.


Reach the top of Jebel Shams

This is the highest point in the entire country with a height of just less than ten thousand feet above sea level. Naturally, the views that can be obtained from this point are breath-taking. One can only access the south summit of the mountain since the north is occupied by a military base and access is prohibited to the public.

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