Advantage tours

Muscat -Muscat
city, once a thriving and strategically located port of the
Arabian peninsula in ancient times, is the capital of modern
Oman. Its medieval appearance with two old Portuguese forts,
Jelali and Merani, flanking the rocky cove around which the city
is built, makes it a unique and unusually exotic place. Muscat’s
picturesque old buildings co-exist with modern commercial and
residential quarters giving the city an ambiance of its own.

Nizwa – Nizwa is one of the largest cities in Oman and
the capital of the interior region. It has a wealth of cultural
and ancient landmarks, most prominent is Nizwa fort built over a
period of 12 years and located in the city center. The fort is
surrounded by ancient traditional souqs (markets) where the
locals trade in traditional as well as imported merchandise,
from vegetables to jewelry. Nizwa is an oasis in the enclosed by
a series of mountains upon which the famous green mountain (al
Jabal al Akhdar) lies. The city is also at cross roads that lead
to southern Oman as well as the Dhahirah, Sharqiah regions.

Sur – Sur has a nearly ideal location in the northeast
province of Sharquia and is a seafaring town, a fishing village
and a trading port all in one. The highlight of the town is the
dhow builder’s yard on the coast just beyond the town. Sur
started trading activities with the African coast as early as
the 16th century A. D. walk through its labyrinthine streets
reveals many fine old houses with caved doors, arabesque windows
and other intricate details. Situated about three hours drive
from Muscat, along the coast road to Salalah, Sur is an
intriguing seafaring town and a trading port. It is a charming
old town with winding streets, carved wooden doors and old
Arabesque buildings. The nearby village of Tiwi is also worth a
visit.

Sohar – The coastal city of Sohar was once an important
Islamic port and the largest town in the country. Visitors will
be attracted to its large and functional souq with handy
tailors, fruit sellers, and fishermen vying for space, and its
fort which stands apart with its four-story walls and six
towers, an imposing sight overlooking the bay.

Salalah – The largest city in southern Oman, Salalah has
a unique charm with its coconut groves and banana plantations
growing right to the water’s edge. Its beautiful beaches of
white sand are a haven for swimmers ad sea lovers. The rugged
beauty of its fertile plains, its freshwater springs, its
bustling souq and tropical landscape leave a lasting impression
on the visitor’s mind.

The capital of the southern
region is a surprising city blessed with lush vegetation. Sprawled
along sandy beaches and set amongst coconut groves and banana
plantations, Salalah seems almost tropical as it is one of the only
places in the Arabian peninsular that catches the monsoon. The Al-Balid
ruins, site of the ancient city of Zafar, are a major tourist
attraction. Also worth visiting is Al Hafah Souk, famous for its
fabulous perfumeries. The beaches of Salalah are striking and worth
exploring.

Musandam– The main city in the fjord-like most northerly
province of Musandam, Khasab is a small town of peaceful estuaries
and palm trees. A small, well-restored 16th century Portuguese fort
dominates its picturesque Cornish. Also, Strait of Hurmuz.

Buraimi – The oasis town of Buraimi is well worth a visit. It
lies about 350 km northwest of Muscat on the border with the United
Arab Emirates. The town has an old fort and a bustling friendly souq
smelling of spices and palm products.
For more information on places in Oman please visit
www.omantourism.gov.om
 

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