For many still an insider tip as a travel destination: Muscat (Oman). The harmony of tradition and modernity as well as the many facets of cosmopolitanism and authenticity make Muscat an impressive and popular destination for travelers from all over the world!
The city itself has only 30,000 inhabitants and yet the capital of Oman is rich in cultural and historical treasures. The history of the city on the Gulf of Oman dates back to 2,000 B.C. Today, a visit to Muscat feels like a trip to a land of 1001 nights.
Muscat is located in the northeast of the country, on a bay enclosed by cliffs. The Hajar Mountains reach to the sea here - the climate is semi-arid tropical, i.e. there are warm to hot days all year round and the fresh sea breeze provides a cooling atmosphere.
In the city you will discover numerous fantastic sights, such as stately monuments, mosques or markets, as well as luxurious hotels. Only a few hours' drive from Muscat, you will find great adventures in the untouched nature of the country: go on fantastic hikes or watch dolphins off the coast of the Gulf of Oman!
Muscat has a lot to offer. One of the most impressive buildings is the Sultan Qabus Mosque - one of the largest mosques in the world. The place of worship is located about 20 kilometers from the city center. Sultan Qabus had the mosque built as a gift to the nation. In 2001 it was opened to the public!
The magnificent building offers space for more than 20,000 worshippers. The center of the room is a magnificent chandelier and the enormous dome.
Another highlight in the city is the Royal Opera House. On more than 80 hectares you are presented with an architectural masterpiece, which is both an opera house and a gallery - there are also restaurants and shopping facilities. The crowning glory is a beautiful landscaped garden that invites you to linger!
Other places of interest:
- Qasr Al Alam Palace
- National Museum
- Mutrah Souk
- Oman's coast (coral reefs, dolphins and turtles)
- Bimah Sinkhole
Especially recommended is a trip to Wadi Shab! You can expect a fantastic hike through a gigantic rock gorge - on the left and on the right huge rock walls line your way and the river leads you through the beautiful vegetation.