When you think of visiting the Middle East, thoughts usually turn to destinations like Dubai or visiting iconic places like Petra and the rest of Jordan. That being said, one gem that’s sometimes overlooked is Oman. There are a heap of the best places in Oman that are dotted all across the country, which is amazing to see and experience.
This is especially true as it’s got a little bit of something for everyone. It has a shed load of history, stunning natural landscapes (like the Wadis) and cities like Muscat to explore. Obviously, you’ll expect vast deserts landscapes and lots of Arabesque architecture but Oman is about so much more than that.
Anyway, this is one of the main reasons why I wanted to share some of the best places in Oman that I’m hoping you’ll love across the county.
Take a look, below, at the best places in Oman to visit.
1.) Wadi Nakhr Gorge
Lovingly known as the Grand Canyon of Oman, Wadi Nakhr is a truly monumental site and one of the best places in Oman to see.
Also, with it spanning part of Jebel Shams which is the tallest mountain in the country. This oval shaped canyon has depths of up to 1km and the Balcony Walk has some of the best views of the jaw-dropping landscape.
Plus, guided tours and hikes are available (and should be taken, here) of this natural wonder, especially with quite harsh and unforgiving climates. Go with experts and always stay safe.
2.) Bahla Fort
Located in the northern part of Bahla in central Oman, the Bahla Fort is one of the best-preserved examples of a military structure in the country.
Now, this might sound a little blurgh, but trust me, it’s a stunner of a site and has so much history to explore.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this expansive fort has been recently restored and stands as a testament to the creativity of the Banu Nebhan Tribe. Today, the fort stands in fantastic condition and you can walk through the various passageways, on the battlements too.
It’s easily one of the best things to do in Oman if you want to explore the history of this country.
3.) Musandam Fjords
Now, you might not expect to find huge mountains and strikingly beautiful Fjords in Oman, but you’d be wrong.
The Musandam Peninsula is bursting with stunning fjords to explore that is one of the best things to do in Oman. Throughout the region, you can find snaking paths that wind through the mountains the run past picture-perfect areas.
Oh, and there are a heap of (and pretty swanky) boat cruises of several of the lakes are available here, and it is even possible to swim in some of the waters.
Plus, if you are truly lucky, you may even be able to spot a Dolphin.
Located on the northeastern edge of the country and facing the Gulf of Oman, Muscat is a pretty stunning city and one of the best places in Oman to explore.
Named as one of the Arab cities of culture, Muscat has a fantastic combination of the historic building combined with a touch of modernism.
Here you can find a host of interesting museums, the bustling Muttrah Souq, and the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
It’s totally stunning.
5.) Ras-al-Jinz Beach
This amazing stretch of coast is covered with picture-perfect golden sands and backed by rugged barren outcrops that are pretty unspoilt.
Aside from the wonderful vistas, the beach is totally known for its population of turtles that hatch their eggs here.
You see, Green Sea Turtles annually return to Ras-Al-Jinz between June and August and this natural phenomenon is a truly memorable experience to witness.
Though, as with all wildlife, keep your distance and don’t interact with wild animals.
6.) Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
As the only mosque open to non-muslims, the Grand Mosque is an absolute must if you wish to gain an insight into the country’s culture and religion.
Clad in smooth white marble, the structure stands out against the backdrop of the Hajar mountains.
Inside the mosque, the decoration is intricate and quite unbelievable, too.
Every inch of the interior is a sight to behold and looks like its covered in its entirety with traditional Arabic and Islamic artwork. It’s breathtaking to see.
7.) Muttrah Corniche
Located to the east of Muscat, Muttrah is a beautiful town that retains much of its 19th-century colonial charm.
The seafront or Corniche at Muttrah is a charming part of the town and offers a different side of this country.
Here you can stroll along the water’s edge, walk through the busy Souq, climb to the top of the watchtower for views of the town, or simply find a cafe or restaurant to relax and have a drink.
It’s easily one of the best things to do in Oman.
8.) Wahiba Desert
So, when some people think of Oman, they might picture scorching golden sand dunes that go on for miles. And you know what, you wouldn’t be wrong to think this of the Wahiba Desert.
Honestly, if you want a desert adventure, then this will easily be one of the best places in Oman to explore.
The dunes here can reach up to a whopping 150m in height and tower over the area.
Plus, camping and overnight stays in this area of Oman are totally great. It’s well worth spending a few days exploring.
9.) Frankincense Trail
In the southern region of Oman, you can find in abundance the prized commodity of Frankincense. Though, if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure what Frankincense is used for these days.
Nonetheless, the original trade route for Frankincense is preserved today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, starting at Wadi Dawkah.
Here you will find an expansive forest with over 5000 Frankincense trees; the sight of which is absolutely incredible.
As you continue, travelling through the countryside, the trail continues until Khor Rouri. Which, you might be lucky and see the ancient temples and wells.
Traversing this ancient route will provide a fantastic history lesson and give you insight into this much-sought-after plant.
10.) Nizwa City
As the former capital of Oman, Nizwa is packed full of culture, history and interesting sights.
Surrounded by mountains and desert, Nizwa is a true oasis and is a far cry from the bustling coastal cities of Oman.
Notable sites include the ancient Nizwa Fort, the weekly livestock market, and the Al Qala’a Mosque.
It’s easily one of the best places in Oman to visit.
11.) Jabrin Castle
Located fairly centrally in Oman and approximately 1.5 hours to the west of Muscat, Jabrin Castle is often considered to be one of the best places in Oman to visit.
Created by Sultan Bil’arab Bin, the castle reflects his love of poetry and the arts and this is seen through its lavish decoration and design.
Plus, within the walls of the castle, you can still see some Arabic artwork. You’ll even spot verses from the Koran and various quotes of poetry.