The Capital city of Oman, Muscat offers visitors a variety of ways to spend their days and nights. From visits to the Grand Mosque and the Royal Opera House, to exploring the Souq and relaxing on the beach; Muscat is a city that provides plenty for travellers of all demographics. However, should they wan to travel outside of the capital, there is a plethora of other options.
Venturing south, the Muscat skyline gives way to rocky plains by the side of the road, eventually turning into the smooth, flowing dunes as pictured above. It is here that guests have the opportunity to experience as much (or as little) of the desert as they wish, with dune bashing, sand surfing, quad biking and camel riding just a few of the activities available! Alternatively, they can simply set up camp and relax in the tranquillity of the sweeping sands.
Stunning mountain ranges are less than two hours to the west of Muscat. As the road begins to wind steeply into the clouds, every bend provides a breath-taking view of the surroundings. Another area that welcomes a diverse range of tourists, the rocky slopes give the chance to explore by mountain bike, hiking or a spot of rock climbing and via ferrata for the really daring. As with the desert, there’s also the chance to relax and unwind, with cliff top swimming pools, spas or a spot of yoga with a view of all 2,000 metres below!
Located at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Musandam is separated from the rest of Oman by the UAE and home to some of the country’s most dramatic landscapes, as well as the world-famous Zighy Bay. Nicknamed the ‘Fjords of the Middle East’, the crystal clear waters surrounding the area, coupled with the chance to spot dolphins, migrating whales, hundreds of fish species and beautiful coral, make it the perfect location for a diving or snorkelling break.
Salalah is the southern-most city of Oman, in the region of Dhofar and is a place that really lives up to the Sultanate’s tag of ‘a land of contrasts’. In the summer months of June to early September, when most of the surrounding areas experience soaring temperatures, Dhofarushers in the monsoon season, bringing with it lush greenery (as picture above), cooling rains and pleasant temperatures. It’s also an area rich in Wildlife, with endangered species such as the Arabian Oryx, Nubian Ibex and the rare Arabian Leopard calling it home, as well as it witnessing the migration of over 130 species of bird each year.