The monochromatic and mesmerizing Muscat has countless things to explore. But sometimes, a break from the city and a day-trip rejuvenate you like nothing else. And with Muscat’s enchanting neighborhood, it is not too difficult to revel in a day-trip.
Rejuvenate yourself with these blissful yet short trips
Al Jebel Al Akhdar
Al Akdhar is a part of Al Hajar mountains and translates to “The Green Mountain.” This range has one of the highest peaks of Oman and eastern Arabia. Located just 150 km from Muscat, the greenery on the mountains is a pleasant break from life in the concrete jungle. The mountain range is famous for its agricultural produce and honey as well. While here, you can choose to camp out in the wild or stay at a luxurious resort.
Located just 240 km from Muscat is this jagged mountain range which has the third highest peak in Arabian Peninsula. Jebel Shams, which translates to Mountain of Sun, is also famous as the Grand Canyon of Arabia. It has two peaks, namely the northern and the southern peak, of which only the southern peak is open to the public. Give wings to your adventurous soul and indulge in rock climbing or hiking. For the non-adventurous kind, the sunsets here are marvelous and will lift your spirits high.
Ras Al Jinz
A beach at the local village of Ras al Hadd, Ras Al Jinz is a popular nesting site for green turtles. At this easternmost point of Oman and the Arabian Peninsula, the turtles come to lay eggs. A few local companies organize tours to witness the turtles laying eggs and tiny hatchlings returning to the sea. Located just 250 km away, Ras Al Jinz site will warm the cockles of your heart.
More popular as the “Norway of Arabia,” Musandam has its share of mountain ranges and fjords. An ideal way to explore the fjord is through the Arabian dhow. You can also indulge in snorkeling or over-water climbing. Musandam Governate is home to pristine beaches and spectacular beaches that call for a boat trip. You can also choose to view the Tawi Rock paintings, Bukha fort, Ru’us al-Jabal mountains and Jebel Harim which are nearby attractions.
Al Dakhiliyah, the “jewel of Oman,” is blessed with scenic beauty and has something for every kind of tourist. For a history buff, there is the traditional side of Oman evident in forts like Nizwa fort, Bahla fort, Jabrin Fort and Beit Rodeida Fort. You can satiate your love for nature in wadis like Wadi Tannouf, Wadi Al Maidden, and Wadi Hilfain which have abundant palm groves and mountains, elevating their beauty. One can indulge in an exploratory trip to the Al Hoota caves and Jarnan caves whose natural formation dates back to thousands of years.
Just like Al Dakhiliyah, Al Batinh is another historical site that is located merely 200 km from Muscat. Witness the architectural and historical magnificence of Al Rustaq fort, Al Hazm castle, and Nakhal fort. You can also enjoy a myriad of activities like trekking, bird watching, scuba diving, camel racing, and so on.