Dec 16, 2018 - Dec 17, 2018
2 guests - 1 room
Oman's capital city has got lots to offer the intrepid traveller - miles of pristine coast line, coral reefs, dolphin spotting, scuba diving, dune bashing, sandboarding and world class rock climbing - all within the city limits. If you're tastes run more along historical/cultural lines, score some tickets to the Royal Opera House and while you're waiting, absorb the long, illustrious (yet relatively unknown) history of the Sultanate at Bait Al Zubeir or Bait Al Muzna after haggling for frankincense and pashmina till your throat's sore in Mutrah's stunning seaside souq. A sundowner of sheesha and fresh squeezed lemon juice with mint at the Oman Dive Center is a perfect way to top off a day in this little undiscovered corner of the Arabian Peninsula.
A pleasant base for exploring the surrounding countryside. Be sure to visit Mutrah -- it is a highlight. Less glitz than other Gulf capitals but warm with authenticity even if the sights aren't spectacular.
best way to enjoy the coastline of Muscat is to take the day cruise and enjoy a good snorkelling!
My daytrip around Muscat and to Nakhal Fort and a nearby oasis about an hour out of Muscat was a great intro to the dry, mountainous sultanate. It is clean, safe, with modern buildings (there was nothing here 40 years ago) and friendly natives (ask first to take pictures; you'll get a nod). The Fort is beautifully restored and offers a tiny glimpse into the life in such a structure. the views from the ramparts are of other crumbling forts (there seems to be one on every hill), the craggy mountains reaching up to 10,000 feet and the lush date palm groves surrounding the fort. The nearby oasis has a hot spring which feeds a shallow creek. Dip your feet in the warm water and get a "fish pedicure." Tiny fish will nibble on your toes - it tickles. In Muscat, visit the Sultan's Palace grounds, the small,but informative Bait Al Zubair Museum and definitely the souq, where you should shop for frankincense. After all, Oman is where it came from. The pale yellow crystals (it is a tree resin) are the best, with nice, distinct fragrance. Myrrh is also available (not as fragrant) and agar wood (very fragrant). You burn allof these in incense burners, also available in the souq. There is a giant sculpture of the incense burner on a hill right over the harbor. Enjoy.