48 hours in Oman

by Travelbag on 28 May 2015, 10:05AM

The Sultanate of Oman is one of the lesser known Middle Eastern destinations with most tourists opting to visit the glitzy and modern cities nearby, namely Dubai and Abu Dhabi. But if you want a truly authentic visit, with glimpses into Middle Eastern Culture you may not find elsewhere, then a visit to Oman might be just what you’re after.

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With mountain ranges, traditional markets and souks, and even beach resorts – there’s something for everyone here – and at a much more affordable price than is on offer in other Middle Eastern destinations. Here you’ll be able to read our recommended itinerary for a 48 trip to the beautiful state.

Day 1

Early to rise

On your first morning head out early, and view the breathtaking Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat. There are free-guided tours, so take advantage and explore the property with someone who knows everything and anything about its history. The luxury and beauty of the property is outstanding, and you’ll find yourself saying ‘wow’ every turn you make. There are also impeccable gardens on the outside of the building to marvel at too – and visiting in the early morning will mean a walk around them will be quite tolerable. At midday or later, the sun may be too hot for the outdoors.

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Up next, another Mosque

Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque is a few miles away, and is also worth visiting during your time in Oman. This mosque isn’t as big or grand, but is decked out in dazzling bright white marble. Stare at it closely and the beauty of it is obvious, making this mosque an incredible structure to take in and visit.

Spend your afternoon soaking in the sunshine

The weather in Oman is perfect – with hot days and cool nights – so spend the afternoon of your first day there relaxing on a beach. One of the best beaches in Muscat is Qurum Beach, a favourite with locals and tourists alike. The white sand and long stretch of beach will definitely win you over. It’s a wonderful spot for a picnic, swimming or just taking a stroll – and importantly, it’s a very clean and beautifully maintained beach that is child friendly.

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Evening

In your evening, take a stroll along the seafront and enjoy looking in many of the souks and markets. Picking up a bargain is always easy here and you’re sure to find something you love.

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If you want to then extend the evening a little further, see if you can grab tickets to whatever is showing in the Royal Opera House. The building itself is a work of art – and is one of the most striking and beautiful buildings in the city. It’s not essential for you to have a ticket to look around – but we’d certainly recommend it, as it’ll make your holiday that much more special and memorable.

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Take a road trip

It’s day two in Oman, and now you’ve seen what the city has to offer – it’s time to venture into the countryside and see some of the landscape that makes Oman so beautiful.

Your first stop is going to be Wadi Ghul (better known as Oman's Grand Canyon). It’s an epic sight to see and you’ll definitely want to have your camera ready and waiting to take some snaps of this incredible natural landmark.

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To get there you’ll have to rent a car (or take a pre-organised tour) because this is an intense and challenging driving adventure. You’ll want to feel confident at the wheel, but if handled correctly this might be the ride of a lifetime and something you’ll never forget. The views are incredible and most of the road twists and turns as you wind your way up the mountains.

You’ll see Oman’s changing landscapes, the wildlife and even local villages and nationals, living a fascinating farming lifestyle. It’s truly something you’ll never regret doing.

Stop for a picnic lunch

During your epic road trip, find a nice spot for lunch and just take in the adventure and the view around you. You’ll need to pre-pack something delicious to eat (as it’s unlikely you’ll find many places along the way).

A bit of wildlife watching

On your way back to Muscat, stop off at Turtle Beach, and marvel in the beauty of mother nature as you see turtles coming onto the beach to nest. It’s a magical experience – being so close to the fascinating creatures, and you’ll feel overwhelmed by the effort these animals take to deliver their young safely.

Whilst no cameras are allowed, it’s something you’ll take mental photos of and keep forever as a memory. Definitely something you won’t want to miss, and something perfect for children too – to teach them about their surroundings and the world around them. Quite often, children have the strongest reaction to the beach, because the experience of seeing these mystical creatures in their wild habitat is so rare and magical.

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