The Corniche - Muttrah, Muscat
The Corniche is one of the nicest, and most touristy parts of old Muttrah in Muscat. This is a pedestrian-friendly area with wide sidewalks, plenty of shady rest areas, lots of street art, and beautiful views of the market. On the opposite side of the street you will find the Souk, some low-budget hotels, and several mosques. The Corniche runs from the Muttrah Fish Market in the north to the south next to a big old fort, then east along the water.
Corniche means something like "chopped out of rock". It is a reasonable name since Mutrah looks like it has been chopped out of the rocky landscape. Mutrah Corniche has a sea front promenade with a beautiful walking area and sculptural arts.
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With chocolate-coloured rugged mountains diving into the sea and a 16th century Portuguese Fort as a backdrop against white washed low lying buildings, the Matrah Corniche is undoubtedly the most scenic among the cities of the Gulf. The Corniche curves and meanders along the bay of Matrah with traditional dhows and large tankers stationed in its deep anchorage harbour. When the weather is clement in the cooler months, a long stroll down the Matrah Corniche is a must, and if one gets tired there are numerous golden-domed pavilions along the way for one to rest. The best time for such a stroll is an hour or two before sunset as the shadows cast against the zigzag of mountains enhance the features.
The cornicle at Mutrah is perhaps the most beautiful cornicle in Arabia and is definitely a must visit if you are in Muscat. You can stroll along the cornicle to experience the arabic atmosphere, including visiting the fish souq (market) as well as the famous Mutrah Souq. The Mutrah fort on top of a hill overlooking the cornicle, and there is also a beautiful mosque here. More photographs will be uploaded onto the travelogue of this webpage soon, so do keep a lookout for the updates.
Walking the Corniche is a nice way to cool off in the evening along with making a stop for some fresh juice at one of the cafe's along the way