Lined with golden beaches and framed by striking mountains, Muscat is the beating heart of Oman and the gateway from which to explore this magical Middle Eastern gem. Offering a somewhat more authentic and traditional experience than some of the cities in neighbouring countries, Muscat showcases spice-scented markets, ancient historical sites and a colourful, enchanting culture. Don’t miss the incredible Grand Mosque or the fascinating Bait Al Zubair Museum and enjoy caught-that-day seafood, local delicacies, artisan crafts and luxury fabrics at the Mutrah Souk.
Muscat is the perfect fly and flop escape for those looking for guaranteed sun, or a starting point from which to enjoy a longer journey through Oman. Visit the Jabal Akhdar mountains either for the day or a few nights, head inland to the desert for a truly Bedouin experience or south to the stunning beaches of Salalah. For those heading further afield to Indian Ocean idylls or Asian outposts, break the journey with a few nights in Muscat en-route and explore this spellbinding city.
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