a VirtualTourist member from Torino
Yes, I know that almost EVERY place is worth the visit, if you know what to look for.!
But I should decide whether Oman is worth a trip made on purpose; I do not go with organised tours and I prefer to go around with public transports or hired car to reach diffficult places. Are there enough feasible things to do to justify a 2/3 weeks trip?
Yes......in my opinion, there is enough to see in Oman. 2 weeks is plenty of time.
We stayed at a Guesthouse in Muscat which is run by Nomad Tours, and they can arrange either private transport (to outlying towns and villages) or to the desert & mountain areas. They DO also have organzied tours, but we chose not to do those.
We did a day trip to Nizwa, which was very interesting. Muscat has quite a few interesting forts, bazaars, and lovely walking promenade.
My favourite area of Oman is northernmost tip in Musandam Peninsula. It is incredibly beautiful, with craggy mountains, crystal clear sea and fjords. There were almost no tourists in that area when we were there. If you enjoy snorkelling and or scuba you will enjoy the crystal clear water and wide variety of fish. Go out on a Dhow cruise for a day and have an onboard meal of Omani food, (cooked onboard)
You can fly to Khasab in Musandam from Muscat, or go by bus.
Oman has of course many other attractions- desert trekking, where you can stay overnight- mountain walking and climbing, great beaches where baby turtles hatch.
I suggest that you read a bit more about it, and decide.
If you would like contact for the Guesthouse in Muscat, let me know. Her name is Lorna.
Here is a link for my Khasab Musandam page- scroll down page for tips etc
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Oman can be very beautiful. Particularly Salalah during rains (June-July), called "Kharif" locally, with lots of festivity and they have cultural show-case during that period with emphasis on food, music, dance, craftsmanship and celebrations. Enjoy. Nizwa is also worth a visit. Hoota Caves have some very beautiful views.
For me, Oman was a place to see since i was in the area anyway (i was living in Yemen) but as a "travel around the world to visit" destination, i'd say it's just ok. Muscat is nothing exciting. Sur is ordinary. Salalah is boring outside the Kharif. Nizwa's nice, for about a day. And the north is pretty.
For me, Oman is one of the nicest places in Arabia and well worth a visit. The Omanis are really nice people. I hope that Jabrin Fort is still worth a visit (omanet.om/english/tourism/he..., as it was a perfect fort when I saw it long ago. The only one to match it is the Krak des Chevaliers in Syria, but it is slightly larger. At least the city gates are not closed from sunset to sunrise any more, but do not expect a lot of nightlife. Salalah is the home of frankincense. The trees have been in the family for generations. If you intend to go wadi bashing, which is great fun, take a guide, because the desert can be very unfriendly to the unprepared.
If you’re planning a trip to Oman be it for travel, tourism, sightseeing or an expedition, then below are some of my adventurous highlights in no particular order.
Wadi Tiwi to Bani Khalid Trek
Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole
Wadi Bih Relay
Walk up Muscat’s Mountains