It is love at first sight when you visit Oman; an off-the-radar Sultanate in the Middle East which is now coming out of the shadows of its towering, glamorous neighbours, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In Oman, rugged mountains lead to pristine beaches, oblivious to mankind. With every mile you travel, the topography changes – unfolding a dramatic scenery. The diversity in the landscape is both alluring and astonishing. From quaint villages to ultra-modern cities, Oman has embraced the modern world, yet has held on to its culturally rich heritage. Exploring ancient forts and towns, or scuba diving in the crystal clear waters, there is no dearth of activities. Many established travel websites have voted Oman as a must-see destination, and we can’t help but agree!
Visit Oman and check out the lesser-known places that are spectacular in every sense!
The highest mountain in Oman – Jabel Shams, literally translates into ‘Sun Mountain’ in Arabic. This mountain peak is frequented by tourists and locals alike to take in the spectacular view of the Al Nakhr Canyon. Hike, off-road, camp, or just gaze at the stars – there are enough reasons to come here.
The scenic village of Qantab is tucked away in a small bay that boasts of a striking beach. The secluded beach is ideal for couples and solo travellers, offering a great deal of relaxation and privacy.
This small, quaint village is nestled 2,000 metres above sea level and can be reached only by a four-wheel drive vehicle. The view from the top is breathtaking – offering a myriad of contrasting landscapes – and makes for a picture-perfect shot.
Wadi Bani Awf
Created over a period of thousands of years, the large boulders of rocks are a sight to behold. A stroll through Wadi Bani Awf is definitely not a cake walk; it is like a maze and it’s easy to lose track in this splendid canyon. Wadi Bani Awf also offers a challenging and the most dramatic off-road driving experience in Oman.
This traditional fishing village lies on a beautiful rocky coast that stretches from Bandar Najih through Muttrah and Sidab down to al Sifa. Hire a boat and go fishing, or take a short trip to the nearby beaches.
Al Hamra is a 400-year-old town in the region Ad Dakhiliyah, in northeastern Oman. The best way to explore Al Hamra is on foot. Though this old traditional village now stands abandoned, its charm does not seem to fade away. The well-preserved Yemeni style built mud-brick houses are an interesting find.
Wadi Bani Habib
Amidst the walnut, apple, and pomegranate orchards of Jabel Akhdar (Green Mountain) lies the quiet and wonderful village of Habib. The stone and mud dwellings present a picture of a village lost in time. The climb to the village can be quite a task – making it a great hike.
When in the city of Sur, it is not hard to miss the three-storeyed Al Ayjah Lighthouse. With Ayjah Bay in the background, the lighthouse looks all the more captivating. The climb to the top of the lighthouse grants a stunning view of the bay and the city.
A jaw-dropping view of Majles A’Shura (Parliament of Oman).
The ‘Beehive’ tombs of Al Ayn take you back to the Bronze Age. The tombs are the most illustrious prehistoric sites of the country and are a UNESCO World Heritage. Once you reach the archaeological site, the area is devoid of civilization, leaving you at complete peace. Best visited during sunrise or sunset.
Touted as one of the most unique places to see in Oman – Bilad Sayt actually doesn’t disappoint. The canvas of green fields and surrounding mountains unfolds as you walk towards the village; vehicles are prohibited beyond a certain point. The mud and stone thatched houses are built like steps along the slope of a hill – a typical Arabian settlement.
The sultanate is an epitome of natural beauty, visit Oman and unveil the wonder.