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Top Attractions in Nizwa
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- The fort is located in the central old town of Nizwa, in the hustle and bustle of the souks, Nizwa Fort looks really majestic and is an imposing feature of the whole city. Its definitely worth a visit.
However, once inside there is not much to see or do except to lookout onto the great city, the main parapet and tower has a 360 degree view of the whole city and beyond... great for an afternoon visit whilst staying in Nizwa.Written 14 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Jebel Akhdar or ' green mountain' is roughly 150km outside of Muscat, around a 2 hour car journey. At the foot of the mountain there is an ROP (Royal Omani Police) checkpoint to ensure that your vehicle has 4WD capability.
As a first time visitors to the mountain it's worth hiring a guide to show you the significant sights and sounds of the mountain or else you could potentially be driving around aimlessly. There are a number of fabulous viewing shelves including Diana's Point named after Princess Diana, as she is famed to have visited this elevation and another point dubbed as the 'Omani Grand Canyon'. Unfortunately, some of the other really special peaks and ridges have been commandeered by hotels and can only be accessed via a stay at the requisite hotel. If you are visiting its worth trying to get there during the pomegranate, apricot or rose seasons.
A number of expensive boutique hotels on the mountain, and lots of cheap-eats too, also ideal to have a picnic. For the more adventurous you could even camp on the mountain as you do not need a permit to camp anywhere throughout the Sultanate of Oman, but please be aware that all year-round the temperatures on the mountain are between 10-15 degrees cooler than sea-level, wrap-up warm if visiting in the winter season or staying overnight.Written 14 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A very good traditional souk centered the city ans nearby thr fort
It contains shops selling antiques and traditional items along with other items like fruites and veg and Omani Halwa along with dates and spices
The only issue which is really not good ia that it is closing between 12.30-4.15 and if you are tourist then you will not capture to cover itWritten 7 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is a very large fort in the centre of Bahla. There is a nearby car park. Entrance fee 1 Oman Rial. It is large with good views of the area. The rooms that are open are empty and bareWritten 7 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A quick stop (about half an hour) on our way from Nizwa to Muscat. We had a nice short walk through palm trees garden, learned about falaj (ancient irrigation drain system UNESCO site) and finally stopped at a view point for some great pictures.Written 25 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- An interesting day out. Drove up the wadi and then hiked into the beautiful village. Always interesting to wander around the mountainside villages- such a unique experience. Hot walking, make sure you have water AND pick up your litter don't drop. Walked around the ruins late afternoon. We are always amazed by these original buildings.Written 1 June 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The park is in decline, and probably could do with some capital investment, furniture and fittings and the overall experience not really commensurate to UNESCO World Heritage site.
Area is of historical importance, but the park could do with some updating, more shaded areas and more seating, the children's play area equipment needs enhancement.
The highlight of the visit was definitely a cool swim in the falaj.
Please be aware that there are no restaurants in the surrounding area, but a few well stocked supermarkets to grab an ice cream for the kids!Written 15 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Just returned from a trip from Muscat to Sur, Shaquiya Sands, Nizwa and Jebel Shams with Chiara and Mustapha along with 4 Italian guests. A great week with excellent accommodation, especially in the desert and Jebel Shams, great food and excellent guides who taught me a lot about recent Omani history. Nizwa goat market was excellent, the first time it had been held in 20 months and the wadi swims were great.Written 10 November 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Me and my 18 yrs old daughter had the most fantastic Royal Moroccan Hamman treatment. A truly relaxing experience and Lisa who looked after me was wonderful with the treatment and such a lovely person. I also met Warisa in the reception who also was such a lovely happy person. I got talking to Raj who looks after the Yoga classes and he is also a wonderful person. They all make you feel happy and very well looked after :-)Written 9 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Very knowledgeable tour guide. Mr Omar, thank you!
Great way to learn about Oman and Nizwa's history. Our little also enjoyed the ride.Written 17 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I found Oman trekking guides by google. Said was our guide. Great guy! His English is quite good and he is funny, friendly, very open and reliable. He does what he promises. He uses whats app audio to communicate and you can also call him by whats app (be aware that he might be in another tour or another time zone). First I sent Ibrahim (above Said on the list at the site) a mail and after a while a text message. He never answered. So don't choose that guy but ask Said. The trip itself was too good to describe. Fantastic!!!! The variety of landscape, the experience of sleeping in the middle of nowhere, feeling the sand under your feet all day long (yes, bare in mind that the sand will be anywhere in your clothes and luggage)... one day a camel family spontanously came along at breakfast. Only one bad thing: the last day you walk at a beach where we saw 10 dead turtles, killed by the carbage in the sea. Horrible! We rescued one that was still alive by cutting him from a rope that was tied around him. We always take plastic with us when it is in the nature but this time it qas hopeless to clear the beach. It made us sad. But that was the only downside of the trip and not the fault of Said and the - also very nice - driver Salem. Curious about the level? We were a bit afraid that it would be too difficult for us (two Dutch ladies with average condition). Well, it was not easy but we managed! Day 2 and 3 are the most heavy. You plouder for hours through sanddunes. But the reward is an amazing tour (and great food at the campfire). Heath: in january and february 25-30 degrees, at night 17 - 22 degrees celsius. If you love a real adventure (totally different than the normal trips to the desert), if you love walking and if you don't mind to pee behind a dune and wash yourself with wet tissues: don't hesitate and book it!Written 4 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We did a tour of Jabal Akhdar and Nizwa. Our guide Issam met us at the foot of the mountains as we drove down from Muscat. He took us up to the mountains and we took a walk down one of the valleys. We had some fresh apricots from the valley. Issam pointed out all the different trees and the fruits they bear such as walnuts pomegranate and apricots. We visited a few places and took in the spectacular views. We had a delicious lunch at one of the resorts in the mountain. Issam told us about the famous honey, rosewater and olive oil from the mountains. We later took a tour of Nizwa and saw an old mosque that was built in 1200 and has been refurbished for people to pray in.
Issam was a competent driver and was well versed in Omani history and the geography of the Jabal Akhdar mountains. I would definitely recommend the tour group as we really enjoyed the friendly nature of our guide.Written 7 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- As always lulu delivers. Lulu Nizwa is the best option for those living in Nizwa and its vicinity. The hyper market is huge and besides the store their are number of other stores inside the building selling mobiles, clothes, perfumes, watches, sunglasses and even currency exchange. There is a food court also.Written 6 September 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A small compact mall with everything you need. The food court is great and offers fast snacks cooked in a hygienic area. Supermarket is full of western foods and it’s not massively expensive.
Open for long hours with a friendly atmosphere. If you’re in Nizwa it’s worth a visit just to get the essentials and a bite to eat.Written 3 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Nizwa
- The best day trips from Nizwa according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Day Trip to Nizwa, Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountain) & Birkat Al Moz
- Day Trip to Nizwa & Jabal Shams (The Grand Canyon of Oman)
- Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat
- Private Day-Tour in Nizwa and Jebel Akhdar
- Nizwa and Jebal Shams Grand canyon