#01 Turtle-watching at Ras al Jinz

The nation’s most memorable wildlife spectacle: hundreds of Green turtles hauling themselves up out of the ocean to lay their eggs on this remote Sharqiya beach.

Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, Ras Al Jinz, Sultanate of Oman.© Marcin Szymczak/Shutterstock

#02 Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

A splendid example of modern Islamic architecture – and also the only mosque in the country open to non-Muslims.

Things not to miss: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman.© Anton Rogozin/Shutterstock

#03 Muttrah Souk

Oman’s most colourful souk is a disorienting labyrinth of tiny alleyways piled high with a bewildering array of exotic merchandise.

Things not to miss: kuma hats, souq, Muscat, Oman.© Philip Lange/Shutterstock 

#04 Khor ash Sham

Take a dhow cruise through Musandam’s most spectacular khor (fjord), keeping an eye out for pods of frolicking dolphins.

#04 Khor ash Sham

#05 Dhofar during the khareef

Arabia with a difference, as the arid mountains encircling Salalah turn green during the annual khareef (monsoon).

#05 Dhofar during the khareef

#06 Al Ayn

Magical cluster of Bronze Age beehive tombs atop a ridge at the edge of the Western Hajar

Things not to miss: Jebel Misht and Qubur Juhhal beehive tombs at Al-Ayn, Oman.© MicheleB/Shutterstock 

#07 Sur

Personable old port town, with a beautiful harbour and waterfront, and the last surviving dhow yard in the sultanate.

Things not to miss: Sur, Oman.© lkpro/Shutterstock

#08 Hiking in the Western Hajar

Tackle one of the exhilarating hiking routes which crisscross the airy heights and dramatic wadis of this stunning mountain range.

Things not to miss: Wadi Bani Awf in the West Hajar Mountains, Oman.© Kylie Nicholson/Shutterstock 

#09 Frankincense

Aromatic wafts of frankincense smoke pervade every corner of the country, from traditional souks to modern hotels.

Things not to miss: Frankincense , Oman.© Simon Kadula/Shutterstock 

#10 Jebel Harim

Follow the road up into the spectacular mountains of inland Musandam, looking out for cave dwellings, bizarre rock formations, fossils and petroglyphs en route.

Things not to miss: Jebel al Harim, Oman.© Luigi Morbidelli/Shutterstock 

#11 Saiq Plateau

Refreshingly breezy mountain plateau, dotted with a string of spectacular traditional villages teetering on the brink of the cavernous Wadi al Ayn.

#11 Saiq Plateau

#12 Jabrin Fort

Of the five-hundred-odd forts scattered around the country, this is the finest: an absorbing maze of a place showcasing some of the country’s most memorable traditional architecture and interiors.

#12 Jabrin Fort

#13 Misfat al Abryeen

Traditional Oman at its most magical, with a time-warped cluster of antiquated mudbrick houses in a lofty mountain setting.

Misfat al Abryeen village, Oman© LUC KOHNEN/Shutterstock

#14 Diving

Explore an unspoiled underwater paradise of colourful corals and magnificent marine life.

Things not to miss: Anemonefish, Oman.© divedog/Shutterstock 

#15 The Rustaq Loop

Absorbing journey though the inland Batinah in the shadow of the Western Hajar, boasting some of the country’s finest forts and most scenic wadis.

#15 The Rustaq Loop

#16 Nizwa

Oman’s most historic town, with a picture-perfect huddle of souks and sand-coloured buildings clustered around one of the country’s mightiest forts.

Beautiful panorama of Nizwa, Oman© Pearl-diver/Shutterstock

#17 A night in the desert

Sleep out amid the vast dunes of the Wahiba Sands or Rub al Khali under a sky full of stars.

#17 A night in the desert

#18 Jebel Shams and Wadi Nakhr

The country’s highest peak, tumbling dramatically into the depths of Wadi Nakhr, Oman’s “Grand Canyon”.

#18 Jebel Shams and Wadi Nakhr

#19 Wadi Bani Auf

The classic Omani off-road drive, straight down the near-vertical escarpment of the Western Hajar via the idyllic village of Bilad Sayt and the spectacular Snake Canyon to the plains below.

#19 Wadi Bani Auf

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