Nizwa souq - Nizwa Fortress - Al hamra old village - misfath al abreen
This tour takes you first to Nizwa, the old capital of Oman. The Nizwa Souq is among the largest of its kind in the country. A wide variety of vendors offer their goods in the streets of the souk. Here you can find fish, meat, vegetables, pottery, jewellery, handicrafts, and souvenirs which are sold in authentic old market halls that few places can boast. Especially interesting is the Friday cattle market when the locals from the nearby villages come to sell their donkeys, goats, cattle, sheep, and chickens in a circus-style open marketplace.
Next to the Souq is Nizwa Fortress. The fort is a museum today and offers splendid views of this ancient town and the surrounding mountains. You can walk around in this impressive fortress and visit its many rooms, passages, and towers. The fort is an architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. It was a military stronghold designed to withstand even the strongest of attacks at the time. Even along the corridors, many traps were laid to deter any intruders that might have penetrated the defences.
Then we drive to Al Hamra, and into the old part of the village, to visit a cute little museum housed in one of the old, restored houses within the village. Local Omani woman will show you around a traditional 7-bedroom house. They will also demonstrate how they used to make coffee, food, and pottery in the old days. After the small tour, you will be led into a Majilis (Omani living room) to have Omani coffee/tea and dates.
Then we move on towards Misfath al Abreen. This picturesque village lies on a steep slope at the foot of Jebel Shams, a few kilometres from the village of Al Hamra and consists of old homes and narrow streets. It has a large Falaj system which supplies water for many orchards, date palms, and vegetables. It is worth to spend at least 1 ½ hours walking around the village. There are marked footpaths through the village and surrounding area. In the late afternoon, we drive back to Muscat.
Pick-up & Drop-off (Muscat Area)
Omani Tour Guide English Speaking
Car (Salon or 4WD)
Full Day - 8 Hours
2 Person - 300USD
4 Person - 325 USD