A stay in Oman can combine anything from ancient maritime history and sandy beaches to desert adventures and shopping sprees. Here are our top five day trips…
Go on a Jeep tour of Jebel Akhdar
Escape the city centre of Muscat and head for the Jebel Akhdar mountain range. At first glimpse, this area seems strikingly barren. However, the Jebel Akhdar part of this remarkable mountain range gets the most rainfall and comes with a blanket of crops of apples, figs, apricots, plums and olive trees. As you weave your way through the foothills, you’ll find that quaint villages pepper this area.
There are lots of ways to experience Jebel Akhdar, from rock climbing and abseiling to simply following the lovely hiking trails. A Sovereign favourite, however, is the jeep tour. The best bit? Peer over the plateau and see a one-kilometre-deep canyon nicknamed the Grand Canyon of Arabia.
Visit historical Nakhal
One of the most renowned historical towns in Oman is just an hour from Muscat. Nakhal is one of the most important and prominent historical monuments in the Sultanate. The fort sits high above the town on a rocky hill and benefits from breathtaking views of Nakhal and the palm groves the town is renowned for.
Don’t forget to swing by the Al Thawara hot spring. The spring is mineral water and said to be therapeutic.
Rocket around the Wahiba Sands
No trip to Oman would be complete without a tour of the Wahiba Sands. These coppery desert dunes are home to nomadic Bedouin camps and mountainous peaks of sandy that can reach up to 100 metres in height.
You can jump aboard a 4×4 or get more hands-on with a quad bike. If you aren’t an adrenaline seeker, then just go to view the sand dunes themselves – and don’t forget your camera.
Make time for a beach day (or three)
It’s not just the golden sand dunes you can’t miss in Oman – there’s also a beach-lined coastline. Al Qurum Beach, located in Muscat, is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in Oman. There are long swathes of sand for you to find the perfect spot on.
Approximately 40 minutes on from Muscat, you will find Bandar Jissah. This is a quieter beach with rock formations that jut out of the water. This scenic backdrop is a great setting for watersports.
Shop in the souks
Oman is brimming with souks. You can’t miss Mutrah Souk in Muscat – it’s said to be the oldest souk in the region. If your luggage will allow, then pick up some wooden statues or tableware. Omani wood is renowned for the beautiful carvings easily created from it. Palm trees are also used to make beautiful crafts, including adorable miniature baskets – perfect for a take-me-home souvenir.
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