55 hours in Oman

Muscat (مسقط) – the capital of the Sultanate of Oman – lies on the coast and is surrounded by the Al Hajar Mountains. In the 16th century, the Portuguese installed a number of bastions, which today are among the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Wandering from the top of the fort, everyone can enjoy the natural, harmonious views, where nature and Omani architectural traditions dominate and complement each other. Oman is often called the ‘Switzerland of the Middle East’ and ‘the frankincense trail’. It attracts more and more tourists because it is safe to travel and offers outstanding nature, unique traditions, religious tolerance and genuine local Omani hospitality. A unique place where huge powers of nature – mountains, valleys, the Empty Quarter, the sea and the Indian Ocean – meet in complete harmony. Muscat is a photogenic city with many different angles to discover its beauty. The markets, beaches, fortresses and surrounding areas are worth every minute that I spent during the beginning of the pandemic, even though I unfortunately couldn’t discover as much as I wanted. One of the most photogenic places is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – any photography lover can spend all day just discovering different angles, shadows and the extraordinary interior of the mosque. There are also fantastic spots for nature photography, like the Bimmah Sinkhole and Wadi Shab. I believe next time I will discover even more.

Friday, 12 February 2021