Friday sees the ancient Omani capital of Nizwa come to life for the weekly livestock market where farmers and traders arrive from as far afield as Salalah with their animals to barter and trade at one of the finest traditional markets in the Middle East.

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Best Time To Visit

Aug - Jun

Flight from London London

7:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +4 hrs

A word of warning - to really appreciate the action it's worth getting there early and wandering around watching the trading going on in a manner pretty much unchanged for centuries. It's all very atmospheric and extremely photogenic, and a good opportunity to pop into the stalls selling textiles and other fun souvenirs.

After the market winds down, by mid-morning, visit the 17th century Nizwa Fort - one of the finest in all Oman - which has been expertly restored and which has fine views from the main tower.

It's also worth a stop at the oasis village of Birkat al Mouz, now almost deserted but full of lush banana and date plantations and home to a classic example of the ingenious falaj irrigation system which sees ancient waterways channel water through the village.

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See a Middle Eastern market operating in much the same way it might have done for centuries, with sheep, goats and cattle all traded alongside local honey and dates.

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Where to stay

Alila Jabal Akhdar, luxury hotel in Oman

Alila Jabal Akhdar

The spectacular Hajar mountain range is one of the (many) highlights of Oman, and at the centre of the range sits the magnificent Jebel Akhdar or ‘green mountain’. Long seen as somewhere to explore on route between the capital Muscat and the ancient market city of Nizwa, the opening in 2014 of the Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel means the mountains now have a supremely luxurious place to stay in their own right.

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