Perched right on the Gulf of Oman, Muscat is abuzz with traditional and contemporary design and culture that is quickly making it one of the region’s latest hotspots to visit. Surrounded by the commanding Al Hajar Mountains, Muscat offers some truly incredible sites that are bound to make your trip to Oman truly unforgettable.
Take a trip to see the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
This trip is best planned right before sun set, as you’ll get to experience the immense golden dome of the Mosque as it is lit up to create a phenomenal ethereal glow that can’t be missed. This building is beautiful and is impeccable designed as it stands watch over the iconic city.
If you have time to venture inside the mosque, prepare for intricate, highly detailed architecture and the central dome’s blue patterned design is a must-see spot within the mosque.
Visit the Royal Opera House
This spectacular structure was completed back in 2011 and is arguable one of the most beautiful buildings in Muscat. The opera house is highly decadent and is made from stone and white marble, with a myriad of symmetrical towers and pointed arches. If you have any evenings free during your trip, make sure to visit the Royal Opera House and enjoy a live performance.
If you’re not an opera fan, you also have plenty of options to escape into nature. Why not head out into the Al Hajar Mountains? There are a number of organised tours to pick and choose from, so you’re bound to find the perfect option for you.
Plan a day trip to Nizwa
You’ll find the historic town of Nizwa just a few hours inland from Muscat. This beautiful example of an ancient city was once a key trade route and the 17th Century tower still stands guard to this day. You can easily head across to Nizwa on a planned day tour with a guide and discover hidden treasures at the souk, which is meant to offer some of the best jewellery in the country.
Visit the Old Fort and enjoy a swim at Qurum Beach
Thanks to the scorching weather that is a regular occurrence in Muscat, a little time at the beach is essential. With miles of golden sands to explore, the Shatti Al Qurum Beach is one of the city’s prime beach stretches. This is the place to go if you want to make the most of the sea and sunshine available in Muscat.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to explore the shoreline without taking a dip in the ocean, you can also plan a visit to the Old Fort that stands on the edge of the shoreline.
Explore the Mutrah Souq
If you’re looking for a truly authentic shopping experience, then make sur to head over to the commune of Mutrah and its spectacular Souq. This bustling marketplace can be found just behind the Corniche and is home to a myriad of brightly coloured stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and clothing to pottery and more. The inviting scent of incense will quickly invade your senses and you will likely feel like you have been transported back in time to a bygone era. Make sure you take an extra bag with you, as you’ll likely find lots of special trinkets to take home.
Where to stay in Muscat?
Now that you know all the hidden hotspots to visit during your time in Muscat, the only question left to ask is where to stay? One of the most popular options is Fraser Suites Muscat. These luxury serviced apartments are located in the towering Landmark complex and offer a truly luxurious experience. With a 24-hour gym, excellent spa facilities, all-day dining, a children’s play area and an outdoor garden, you should definitely consider a stay here if you’re on the hunt for accommodation in Muscat.