Port city reminiscent of a fairy tale

The Omani capital of Muscat was once one of the most important port cities in the ancient Near East, serving as an ideal trading hub for goods from Arabia, India and Europe. Still today, the Muttrah Souk offers a glimpse into the city’s past and erstwhile bustling market scene. The souk is also a great place to get a feel for local life, customs and traditions. How about a cup of tea along with some gentle haggling for frankincense and spices?

Quick facts Muscat

Flight time

07:25 h

Distance

5986 km

Time difference

+ 2 hours CET

Language

Arabic

A cup of cappuccino costs around

CHF 4.15

Traditional Arab ambience

One of the largest mosques in the world and housing one of the world’s grandest chandeliers, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a monumental landmark in Muscat. Oman’s capital has many other sightseeing attractions on offer besides, including the architectural masterpiece that is the Royal Opera House and the splendid Al Alam Palace. Flanked by historical buildings, the picturesque coastal promenade of Muttrah Corniche is an invitation to saunter and leads through Old Muscat right up to Muttrah. Mesmerising city backdrops can be enjoyed here, most notably at sunset.

Great seaside holiday adventure near Muscat

Located just a few hours’ drive from Muscat, Wadi Shab and Wadi Bani Khalid are arguably two of the best-known wadis in Oman, with beautiful oases, emerald green lakes and waterfalls surrounded by pristine nature on display. The water-filled Bimmah Sinkhole is another must-visit highlight featuring turquoise waters and an irresistible pool to dip into on a hot day. Those who prefer to swim in the sea can do so from the lovely beaches of Yiti, Qurum or Qantab.

Beach fun in southern Oman: Salalah has it all

Muscat is also an excellent base for tours across Oman, including to the lovely city of Salalah: sporting pristine white beaches and magnificent palm groves, Salalah is often referred to as the “Caribbean of the Orient”. With activities and highlights including jeep and dolphin safaris, the incense trade route, richly colourful diving sites and excursions into Wadi Darbat or the Jebel Samhan mountain range, Salalah ticks all the boxes for a fun and varied beach holiday!

A holiday in Oman: fascinating nature to explore

Whether it be exploring fascinating desert landscapes on a desert safari or succumbing to the lure of gorgeous wadis and stunning beaches fringed by protected bays: Oman’s natural scenery surprises and captivates visitors at every turn. Oman’s mountains are home to exciting hiking areas, and its underwater world offers a plethora of sites for unforgettable scuba diving moments. Those who prefer to stay above water can enjoy some kitesurfing sessions, available at several beach locations in Oman.

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