Oman offers one of the biggest welcomes in the Arab world and sunny weather is almost guaranteed...
Muscat is Oman's capital city and the largest in the country. It consists of three original small towns that have grown and merged over time. It's known locally as “the walled city” and is the home of the royal palace and the commercial centre of Ruwi. Visitor attractions include the wider region's incredible mountains, spectacular coastlines and historical forts such as Jabreen Fort and Nizwa Fort.
The forts are always popular with visitors and were originally built as prisons back in 1580 when Muscat was occupied by the Portuguese. They have now been converted into fantastic museums. The Corniche area is also very popular for walking and eating out and the mosques are awe-inspiring. See too the Qasr Al Alam Royal Place and the Bait al-Zubair Museum, which has fascinating insights into Omani social history. For outdoor attractions, try Qurum National Park for the rose gardens, or Riyam Park, which has an Arabian watch tower and rides among its attractions.
December to April is the most popular time of year to visit Muscat. In June and July, the temperatures can be very high. The city has a large international airport – Muscat International Airport (MCT) – 20 miles away. It receives flights from the larger UK airports, including London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (LGW).
For travelling beyond the city and seeing the desert, coastline and Atlas Mountains, Muscat car hire is ideal – simply collect your car rental from the airport or a location in downtown Muscat after you have let TravelSupermarket find the best deal for you.
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If you’re prepared to drive, the towns and cities near Muscat offer plenty for the adventurous traveller...
Popular places to visit include the districts of Al Khuwair, Bausher, Al-Hail, Qurum and Seeb. Each has its own distinct sights, cuisines and accommodation. The beach road between Seeb and Qurum is a great way to see the coastline and its gorgeous beaches and local fishermen at work.
Further afield, a two-hour drive inland will bring you to the oasis city of Nizwa. In the sixth century it was the capital of Oman. It is now a popular tourist attraction owing to its imposing fort and ancient architecture. This is a great place to purchase jewellery from one of Oman’s busiest souks.
If you really want to make the most of your Muscat car rental you could head up the coast to Sohar. It’s almost a three-hour drive but you’ll be rewarded with one of the busiest market towns you’re ever likely to encounter, and all in the shadow of an imposing, four-storey fort. It’s also well regarded for its fish restaurants.
A similar distance down the coast will bring you to Sur. Beyond its ancient buildings and labyrinth of streets you’ll find one of the country’s most protected natural sights – a breeding ground for turtles.
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