A circuit through the desert in Oman with a 4×4 vehicle includes spectacular fortresses, villages with adobe houses and mountain passes.

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 In Oman, you will find nearly a thousand castles, forts and watch towers built of clay and stone, evidence of strategic importance at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. At the beginning of your journey heading south-westerly along the highway that runs from the capital, Muscat, you see castles located on the tops of hills, going through villages with houses of clay and you will see many plantations of palm trees and mountains steep. The Ya’ariba Dynasty, who drove out the Portuguese in 1650 and their descendants, the Al Bu Said dynasty, built the most part of the forts. You have to make the first stop in the old capital of Nizwa, famous for a fort and flanked by a giant circular tower from the seventeenth-century. Nearby are Bahlah and Jabrin, which are some fortresses and palaces. Enjoy the strange lunar landscape surrounding the winding roads to the Batinah plain. Reach from Ar Rustaq and citadels Hazm, then back on the highway to see the fortresses on the coast. Finally, visit Nakhla, buried in the rock at the foot of the Jabal Akhdar mountain, then go back to Muscat.

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Nizwa, Oman

The best time to travel is from November to March, although, in the mountains could be cold. Avoid hot summer days. Take at least 4 days to this route of 756 km, which include 2 nights in Nizwa, a place to start for visit Bahlah and Jabrin, take you one day to visit the coast, Al Suwayq, a good place for spent the night before arriving in Nahkla. The highway is in good condition, but to travel on other roads, you need a 4×4 car. Road signs are in English, drivers are cautious, it apply strict regulations, including those relating to driving a car dirty. The roads are less traveled, and gas stations are far apart, so you fill up whenever you have the chance. Make your reservations water and be prepared in case you damage the car.

For more information about Oman: www.omantourism.gov.com

Attractions

Stop for lunch in Sayq in route to Nizwa, to enjoy the gorgeous mountain views. You have the opportunity to buy ceramics and silver in Nizwa and admire the city view from the castle. Take a trip to Wadi Ghul in Nizwa, Oman’s Grand Canyon located at the foot of the highest peak, Jabal Shams (3000m) you can walk along the walls Bahlah, a UNESCO Heritage monument. Take a picnic in the shade of date palms near the hot springs of the oasis of Nahk. You can practice wadi bashing with a 4×4 car passing through the bed of a dried river . Enjoy the fragrance of incense and the hookah after a good meal.

Oman Wadi Ghul, Great Canyon of Oman

Oman Wadi Ghul, Great Canyon of Oman

Bahlah walls

Bahlah walls

Jabrin castle

Jabrin castle

Jabrin fort

Jabrin fort