Oman is located on the south-east coast of the Arabian Peninsula, closely surrounded by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, taking about eight hours to reach on a flight from the UK.
There is much to be discovered in this diverse and beautiful country. With dramatic landscapes of mountains and deserts to the vibrant capital city of Muscat, there is plenty to see and do on a holiday to this unique country.
The capital of Oman – Muscat, is a thriving city home to some fine architecture such as the Al Alam Palace which is a popular area for walking whilst enjoying the view and taking some all important holiday snaps. The historic medieval forts of Jalali and Mirani positioned in the mountains next to the harbour are another two places well worth visiting and are both examples of magnificent architecture. With calm turquoise waters surrounding this area it makes for a picturesque place to enjoy the sunset on one of the warm summer evenings.
If you want a traditional shopping experience during your trip to Oman then head to the Mutrah souq, here you can find a huge selection of weird and wonderful things to buy including antiques, textiles and gold jewellery that make for the perfect souvenirs and gifts to take home.
Oman has a dramatic landscape and in hand offers an abundance of activities – the rugged mountains are ideal for trekking and rock climbing and are renowned for their extraordinary change to a vibrant green colour due to the mists of the monsoon during the summer months. The Rub al Khali desert of Salalah in the south is the largest sand desert in the world and here you can try out some unusual activities such as sand skiing or even camel racing! Head to the coastline where you can dive and snorkel around the nearby wrecks and discover the extraordinary marine-life that thrives in the reef beneath the ocean’s surface, or go on a dolphin-watching trip and enjoy seeing these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.
Be sure to make the most of the delicious cuisine by visiting some of the local restaurants and cafes where you can sample some speciality dishes and locally caught seafood before heading to the bars and clubs within the area to have a few drinks and listen to some live music.
Oman largely appeals to couples because of the warm weather and tropical seas which make the perfect setting to relax and unwind whilst enjoying some well-deserved quality time with your partner. The captivating surrounding landscapes, endless activities and nearby attractions mean you can choose to do as little or as much as you want on your romantic getaway.
Families will never be left short of things to do on a holiday to Oman, with friendly locals and an intriguing culture you will always feel most welcome in this under-explored country.
Take a holiday to Oman and discover the fascinating culture and history here as well as exploring the lively city and stunning landscapes that make this country so special and unique. Book with Lastminute.com for fantastic prices on flights and accommodation to suit you.