Surprising and authentic, the Sultanate of Oman offers 1001 wonders that are difficult to forget. If you are planning a trip outside of Spain and are looking for a different and unique destination in the world, in this corner of southeastern Arabia you are guaranteed it. Small in size, but immensely attractive, touring this exotic Arab country you will be enchanted by both its natural spaces and architectural jewels, as well as the hospitality of its people.

When to visit Oman

Photo has taken from salalah (Dhofar Region) during the Mansoon season.
Image of Salalah (in the Dhofar region) during the monsoon (khareef) season.

It can be said that in Oman only there are two seasons: the summer that lasts eight months (from March to October) and a short winter that lasts from November to February. Yes indeed, Depending on the areas, the climate varies a lot. While in the north and east, the weather is more Mediterranean, in the south and west it is rather tropical, and there is no shortage of monsoons between June and September.

So to discover this beautiful sultanate in the best conditions, we recommend that you take the trip between the months of October and April, since this is when temperatures are most pleasant with an average maximum of 28 °C. In addition, you will avoid the unbearable summer heat so characteristic of Arab countries.

Muscat, the capital by the sea

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a jewel of modern Islamic art in the capital of Oman.

Located in the north of the country, between the ocean and mountains, in Muscat you will not find large skyscrapers, as in Dubai and other neighboring cities, but rather a much more traditional lifestyle. To begin discovering the culture of this country, you just have to immerse yourself in its picturesque souk or explore its popular Corniche, which extends from ancient Muscat to the famous fish market. If you go at sunset you will meet up with the locals who have their meeting place at this point.

But one of the main points of interest in the city is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque that can be visited, being the only one that allows entry to non-Muslims in the entire Sultanate. Built between 1995 and 2001, inside is the largest handmade carpet in the world (70 by 60 meters). It also stands out for having the largest chandelier in the world with 24 carats.

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Colossal fortresses

Bahla Fort (قلعة بهلاء) is one of the oldest and biggest forts in Oman, and the only fort in the country to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.  Official statements say that the oldest parts of the fort were built as early as the year 500 BC.  Bahla Fort is located in Bahla and is less than two hours away by car from Muscat.  Balha Fort was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in the year 1987. The fort was restored a number of times over history as the Nabhani Tribe restored it in the 13th century, the Yarubi Tribe restored in the 17th century, and the Busaidi Tribe restored it again in the 19th century.
Bahla Fort is one of the largest and oldest in Oman.

In its small territory Oman hosts no less than 500 fortresses, spread across desert and coastal landscapes throughout the territory. Many of them of Portuguese influence have become true icons of the country and are each more impressive.

In addition to those of Al Jalai and Al Miraniin old Muscat, highlights the Barka fortbuilt in the colors of the desert sand, And less than 2 hours by car from Muscat is one of the largest and oldest forts in Oman, Bahla, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The oldest parts of the fort date back to 500 BC

Very close to the Bahla oasis is the town of Jabreen, where there is a five-story castle palace with 55 rooms, which are worth exploring calmly and delighting in each of the details. It is possibly the most beautiful castle in all of Oman.

Nizwa, the ancient capital

Birkat Al Mouz, Oman - few kilometers from Nizwa and part of an amazing oasis full of palms and bananas, Birkat Al Mouz is one of the most scenic villages in Oman
A few kilometers from Nizwa and part of an incredible oasis, you will find Birkat Al Mouz, one of the most picturesque towns in Oman.

And from the new capital, we move to the old one. This large city of more than 700,000 inhabitants is located in the north of the country, at the foot of the Hajar Mountains. For a long time it has been a renowned center of studies dedicated to Islam. Among the interesting places to visit in this modern city are the fort (from where you can admire beautiful views) and the souk. Along the way, take the opportunity to stop at the ruins of Birkat al Mouza charming town surrounded by banana and palm plantations with the mountains in the background.

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The magic of the desert

Red or orange sand dunes and hills at Al Wahiba desert in Oman
Red and orange sand dunes and hills in Al Wahiba Desert

Among the various natural spaces of the Sultanate, the desert deserves special mention. You will not believe the immense spectacle of sand that will appear before your eyes during your visit to Wahiba Sands, a beautiful and extensive dune region inhabited by Bedouins in the north. And just as surprising is the desert of Al Khaluf, famous for its white sand dunes as fine as sugar. Located in the south and less touristy, it is considered one of the most beautiful and impressive deserts in the world.

Wild beaches

Green sea turtle Chelonia mydas returning to sea at dawn after laying eggs on beach of Ras al Jinz, Oman
Sea turtle returns to the sea at dawn after laying eggs on Ras al Jinzn beach

The Sultanate stands out for its territorial variety with plans for all tastes. Part of its attractions are its immense and wild beaches that are located along the Arabian Sea. And the best thing, you will find a rarely visited natural area that you can enjoy at your leisure. One of these jewels is located in the north and is part of a nature reserve: the Ras al Jinz beach. It is impressive to be able to immerse and bathe in its incredibly crystalline waters, but equally unforgettable is to enjoy one of the sites of sea ​​turtle nesting Most important in the world.

Dhofar, the best kept secret of the Sultanate

Wild camels on Mughsail Beach near Salalah, Dhofar governorate, Oman.
Wild camels on the magnificent Mughsail beach, near Salalah, Dhofar

Located in the extreme south of the country (on the border with Yemen), this region is the least visited in the country despite the wonders it has. With a tropical climate and an impressive coastline, Dhofar is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here you will find surprising locations, such as the archaeological site of Khor Rori and its magnificent beach, Wadi Darbat. For a couple of months in summer, the rains are very present here, with the monsoon or khareef being the one that dyes this landscape a magnificent green color. and makes the waterfalls overflow. It is not surprising that Omanis come to this little paradise in search of a little freshness.

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