Set by a desert oasis and encircled by the Western Hajar Mountains and sprawling date plantations, the former capital of Nizwa is one of the Sultanate’s oldest cities and it was once an important trade and religious centre.
Nizwa holiday highlights
A perfect addition to a stay on the coast in Muscat, this striking region offers historic architecture and breathtaking natural landscapes. You can wander around the 17th century Nizwa Fort which was strategically built overlooking the town and today stands as testament to the settlement’s importance on an ancient caravan route. From its 30 metre high central tower you can admire city views and the surrounding landscapes.
Like many towns and cities throughout Oman, Nizwa has a buzzing souq where you can haggle for silver works, spices and dates or local handicrafts. The nearby oasis town of Bahla is home to the ruins of Oman’s oldest fort and the resplendent 17th Century Jabreen Castle.