Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountain) is home to the vast Saiq Plateau, located 2,000 metres above sea level. A maze of channels and dramatic terrace views combine with the cool mountain air and regular rainfall to create a botanical paradise, bearing luscious fruit including pomegranates and apricots. Explore the gardens and orchards that are the pride of the region.
Marvel at an architectural treasure with the stunning Royal Opera House of Muscat. Home to many of the largest cultural events from across Oman, a personal visit will reveal the scale and beautiful detail of this place. With a strict formal dress code for shows, this attraction sparkles with an atmosphere of luxury.
Experience (a luxury spin on) life in the desert with a stay in the 1000 Nights Camp. You'll be situated right in the centre of the Wahiba Sands, walking amongst idyllic Cineraria trees and long golden sand dunes throughout the day, then going on to dine in plush surroundings as the sun sets on the desert.
Located near Muscat in the Al Sharqiyah Omani region, Wadi Shab attracts visitors with its enchanting natural beauty. Brimming with freshwater pools, the showstopper of the wadi is the waterfall hidden in a cave. Access this by an estimated 40-minute hike, including a swim across a few pools. Dive into the pools from the cliffs if you dare!
One of the most imposing but equally beautiful sights in Muscat is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. It’s magnificent design and opulent style can be seen for miles around but on closer inspection, you’ll find the gardens and waterways surrounding the mosque are equally as impressive. The intricate chandelier and decorative carpets also go to show that no stone has been left unturned in making this sacred building as wonderful as possible.
In the north-east, just a couple of hours away from Muscat, you’ll find Majlis al Jinn, one of the world’s largest cave chambers. Its remote location and difficult access make this more of an adventure than some of the common tourist attractions but it’s amazing to look into the entrance to comprehend the sheer size of this cavern.
If you’ve read our overview on Oman, it goes without saying that the souqs are a must-visit, especially Mutrah Souq in Muscat. This was the first traditional market in the city and remains a common meeting-place, trading point and vibrant cultural landmark in Muscat. Mix with locals while they buy fruit, vegetables, and meat, or pick up some of the wonderful hand-made ornaments, clothing and jewellery from local Omani men and women.