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10 Best Places to Visit in Oman - Top 10 Highlights to Explore in Oman

As one of the Middle East's top popular tourist hotspots, Oman attracts visitors from around the globe. Here are 10 of the best points of interest to explore on your next holiday in the desert nation.

1

Salalah

Having served as the ancestral residence of the Omani Sultan, this historic corner of the country is one of the cultural capitals worthy of exploration. Sultan Qaboos has been residing in the area since the beginning of the 1970s and one of the main highlights of a visit to the area is touring the resplendent Qaboos Palace. Old town, as well as the Al Baleed Archaeological Site, are equally interesting places to discover on a trip to this area.

2

Muscat

If one has time to only visit a single location during a holiday in Oman, let it be Muscat. Home to countless floats, museums and palaces, Muscat is also a shopper's haven with countless vibrant markets. The twin forts dubbed Al Mirani and Al Jalali are both museums open to the public while visiting the breathtaking Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a treat in and of itself.

3

Masirah Island

Those in search of a beach hotspot during a getaway to Oman will find no finer alternative to Masirah Island. Located just off the coast, the sun-kissed beaches, wildlife and rich historic legacy of this small island with an air base make it a viable vacation hub all year round. Accessible via ferry, spend time scuba diving and swimming in the azure waters surrounding Masirah.

4

Bahla

Occupying pride of place in the northern quarters of the country, Bahla can be best described as an oasis in an otherwise arid landscape. Having been a tourist destination for centuries the Bahla Fort, which was built back in the 13th century, is one of its chief attractions. Travellers in search of authentic souvenirs will also find Bahla's thriving marketplaces are ideal for purchasing tasteful keepsakes.

5

Jebel Akhdar

With its name literally translating to Green Moutain, Jebel Akhdar is a captivating area which belongs to the Al Hajar Mountains range. The cooler temperatures and hiking trails make this area a dream destination for nature lovers.

6

Nizwa

Having served as the Omani capital in the 6th and 7th centuries, Nizwa is now synonymous with its awe-inspiring fort. Built by Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'ribi the fortress is but one of the many points of interest in this area full of ancient souks. Visitors based at a hotel in Sur Oman, whether it's the Sur Plaza Hotel or any other will find that tours of Nizwa are available through a variety of local tour operators.

7

Misfat al Abryeen

A quiet village and a pastoral landscape of pristine beauty, Misfat al Abryeen is one of the few regions in the country where traditional Omani life can be witnessed. The mountainous village resembles one found in the Italian countryside although it is located in a Middle Eastern nation.

8

Wahiba Sands

The sheer volume of sand dunes makes the Wahiba Sands one of the best places in which to enjoy desert life as it was in centuries past. Camel rides and camping in the desert are favourite activities of frequent visitors to the Wahiba Sands.

9

Ras al Jinz

The turtle reserve in Ras al Jinz alone makes a trip to this part of Oman well worth the trip. This is especially true if one visits during the summer months as turtles can be seen laying eggs and nesting on the beach.

10

Musandam Fjords

Separated from the remainder of mainland Oman by the UAE, the Musandam Fjords is the perfect location for those who wish to enjoy dolphin watching tours, scuba diving and sailing.

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