Visit the great mud brick forts that defended the country's cities, in Balha, Muscat, Al Hazm, Rustaq, or the fort of Sohar. Stroll through souqs in the ancient capital of Nizwa, and we will try to plan your visit to coincide with the city's Friday market, which operates much as it has done for centuries, with Omanis arriving from as far away as Salalah selling their livestock. In the Wahiba Desert, marvel at the colours of the dunes - yellows, oranges and reds - shaped by the sand and sun, and see the world's only remaining wild oryxes. In the province of Dhofar, explore the land of frankincense, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scale Jebel Akhdar, 'the green mountain', dotted with terraced villages, or Jebel Shams 'The Mountain of the Sun', home to the great canyon of Wadi Guhl, the second deepest in the world.
In the south, near Sur, visit a dhow yard, where they still make the sleek sailing boats that facilitated the Omani Empire stretching along Africa's east coast. In the east, cool off in wadis. On the beach of Ras al jinz, watch sea turtles that come to lay their eggs. In Al Hamra you'll think you are in Yemen, with its beautiful mud brick houses. Explore the starkly beautiful Musandam Peninsula, reached from the UAE and home to fine diving. When is the best time to go? Which is the best route to take? Follow our guide to fire your imagination and plan for your trip to Oman.