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Updated by Joanna James on Dec 17, 2018
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Places to visit in Salalah

The local sites and attractions in Salalah along with its beaches and golden sand dunes in the desert are things that will make your vacation unforgettable.

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Salalah Souq Tour

Walk through the Salalah Old Town and the old Haffah souk which is most popular for selling exquisite scents and traditional souvenirs. This town will let you imagine what life was like back in the days and still is, for some people in Salalah.

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Al Baleed Archaeological Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site spreads over a massive 64 hectares and has its own water lagoon and spring on the mountain. This place is accessible by boat and is just a short walk away from some resorts, like the Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. Explore the ancient city of Al Badeed and its ruins, walk through the well-worn streets, look at the mosques, palaces, and the intricately designed walls.

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Beaches

A typical Salalah beach resort will just be a stone's throw away from the gorgeous public beaches of Dahariz, Taqa, Murghsail, and Mirbat. Spend a relaxing day by the waves while you lie on the white sands and look up at the infinite skies and palm trees swaying in the wind.

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Taqah Fort

Built in the 19th century, the Taqah castle is relatively new when compared to the older architectural sites like the forts in Bahla, Nizwa, and Nakhla. This castle used to be the private home of a tribal leader in Oman, Sheikh Ali bin Taman Al Ma'shani and was taken over by the government and renovated to become the museum it is now in 1994. The Taqah fort is an impressive structure and on the inside, you can find showcases that show you the Omani way of life back in the days.

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Wadi Tour

The Wadi Dakwah has an impressive number of Frankincense trees that date back to the 1800s and you can hire a 4x4 for a full day guide and a picnic among nature. Nabi Ayoub's mosque, a massive mountain, forests and a turquoise pool are among the things you'd find on a Wadi tour.

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Cityscape

Salalah is known for its fresh fruits, vegetables, and authentic local food. The traditional food here is similar to other Arabian countries and mainly consists of meat and wheat bread or rotis. When in Salalah, some of the must try dishes are the Muthbe, Ma'ajeen, Kak bread, Khubz Lahooh and any locally made seafood meal.