It’s also a great
location for mountain walks or hiking with a local guide – many of the remote
villages are now uninhabited since the Sultan built much more accessible
accommodation; so this makes for a really interesting experience where you can
explore and see how traditional Omani families lived until very recently.
It’s also worth
paying a visit to the many heritage sites in the cities of Nizwa, Bahla, Ebri and more. Nizwa, principal city of the interior is steeped in tradition and is home to
the famous Round Tower
Fort, built in the 17th century with hypnotically-dark tales of ‘murder holes’
involving hot date oil, scorpions and snakes!
Nizwa’s souk is
fascinating too, renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately
hand-curved "khanjars"(daggers) and ornamental silver jewellery. And
if you have time, visit the Al Hoota Caves too for their intriguing
stalactites, stalagmites and underground lake.
Images courtesy of Oman Ministry of Tourism