The Sultanate of Oman is a country with an array of natural attractions, an enthralling culture and a history which spans 6000 years. Until now, Oman has been somewhat overlooked by the British traveller as a holiday destination, instead being known as more of a stopover en route to countries further afield. However, due to an increase in direct flights and being just 7 hours from London, this enchanting country is becoming increasingly popular for both families and couples alike.
The perfect destination for guaranteed winter sun; the best time to visit Oman is from October to April. Although the sun shines all year round, visiting in our British summer months can be extremely hot and humid if you decide to stay in Muscat.Down in the south it is much cooler; in fact, it is worlds apart from the north, with lush green vegetation due to the much needed rain that falls here.
Only recently, with the development of new road networks and transport routes, has it become possible to access the full range of Omanís stunning landscapes and the endless array of activities which lie within. Ideal for adventure lovers to explore the secluded coves of Bandar Khayran, a haven of tidal creeks just south east of the capital city Muscat; or visit the famous Wahiba Sands, home to the Bedouin tribes and witness a camel race or brave a ride in a 4WD up and down the waves of the expansive sand dunes! Experience some of the worlds least explored walking and hiking routes through the Hajar Mountains for unforgettable views and an authentic taste of local culture and lifestyle. With such a wide selection of experiences on offer, it should come as no surprise that Oman is attracting more and more visitors each year.
Muscat, the bustling port capital effortlessly blends traditional with modern and is renowned for its hospitality. Known for its architectural design and spotless streets, silk bazaars and souqs, Muscat is a must see for anyone visiting Oman. The Grand Mosque built by Sultan Qaboos in the late 90ís is a one of the most popular attractions Ė but there are plenty of others, from the Al Mirani Fort to the Bait az-Zubair Museum and the Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace to Riyam Park where you will find the huge white frankincense burner. If you venture a little further afield, you can visit the amazing fort in the former capital city of Nizwa or the flourishing frankincense trees in the second largest city of Salalah.
Despite the abundance of culture and activities, Oman also boasts a stunning coastline of white sandy beaches and crystal clear warm waters, home to some of the worlds best dive spots. Whether you are staying in Muscat or in the glorious isolation of one of the five star hotels in Musandam, donít forget to squeeze in some sun soaking and chill out time as well as enjoying the unspoilt and authentic taste of Arabia.