See & Do
The fabled land of Sindbad the sailor, Oman was on the must stop list of every explorer worth his weight in frankincense for centuries. Marco Polo is believed to have visited the area 50 years before famous Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta, who started his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1325.
Omanis passionately treasure their heritage, and rightly so, as its rich history makes this beautiful land that much more magical. Take full advantage and be sure to stop and take in the abundant remains of ancient cities.
They don’t call Muscat the ‘pearl of Arabia’ for nothing. Embedded in culture, with the city’s diverse topography, its many museums, the famous souks and other commercial centres, a visit here allows you to discovery a friendly and modern city
There is no one place which you can visit to get a ‘feel’ of Muscat, the capital city. The areas are divided by low craggy hills and each part has its own distinctive character. The only way to do it is to get out and explore and take in all that it has to offer
If you have a touch of the wild wanderer in you, there’s many an adventure to be had, from desert driving, wadi bashing, turtle watching and mosque tours to discovering ancient forts and heritage sites. Just call up one of the tour operators listed later in this chapter to make arrangements. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, they’ll happily tailor a trip to suit.