Nizwa Travel Guide

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    Sunset over Nizwa fort and mosque
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Nizwa Highlights

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    FlyingDutchmen says…

     not so far away from Muscat 

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    JamillaCamel says…

     None so far 

  • In a nutshell
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    flynboxes says…

     A great day trip from Muscat 

Nizwa Things to Do

  • Goat Shopping anyone

    Every Friday at the crack of dawn Omanis come from all over to the goat souq to either buy or sell. Adult and kids (young goats) are drug around a circle and sold to the highest bidder as their owners solicit the highest bid.

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  • Nizwa Fort

    It's nice to take a 1 and a half drive from Muscat to Nizwa to see the town and its fort. See the fish and meat markets as well as the souvenir and antique shops.

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  • Nizwa Fort

    This is probably the highlight of Nizwa outside of the Souq (in my opinion).It was built in the 17th century by Sultan bin Saif al_yaruba. There is a small admission fee but it is a good place to spend a lazy hour walking around.

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  • Got Guns

    Nothing too wild like any machine guns but there are a few that might interest someone that is into hunting rifles.

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  • The handicraft souq

    There is a big souq (market) in the central town area which consists mainly of the spice souq, fish souq, meat souq, the vegetable souq and the handicrafts souq. The handicraft souq is a good place to get some souvenirs but it is rather touristy and expensive. Try to bargain as much as you can, and it may be better to buy souvenirs from other...

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  • The meat souq

    There is a big souq (market) in the central town area which consists mainly of the spice souq, fish souq, meat souq, the vegetable souq and the handicrafts souq. The meat souq is located at one corner and rather small, basically it sells chickens, beef and mutton. The stall owners here are rather friendly and even posed for this photograph :)

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  • The vegetable souq

    There is a big souq (market) in the central town area which consists mainly of the spice souq, fish souq, meat souq, the vegetable souq and the handicrafts souq. The vegetable souq is rather modern and located in the centre. It also seems to be the biggest souq where vegetables are sold inside the souq as well as on the trucks which are parked...

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  • The fish souq

    There is a big souq (market) in the central town area which consists mainly of the spice souq, fish souq, meat souq, the vegetable souq and the handicrafts souq. The fish souq is a must visit as you will witness the locals buying various fishes which were transported from the coast to this inland town, especially the huge tuna fishes.

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  • The spice souq

    There is a big souq (market) in the central town area which consists mainly of the spice souq, fish souq, meat souq, the vegetable souq and the handicrafts souq. The spice souq sells various spices and other grocery items, and it is a very nice experience walking among the local people and experiencing the daily life in a typical market in Oman.

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  • The mosque at Nizwa

    The mosque at Nizwa near to the Nizwa Fort is very impressive and is a landmark in the town. However, you cannot enter unless you are a Muslim, but the view from the outside is already very impressive.

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  • Exploring the town of Nizwa

    Nizwa is a small town with friendly people, so it is alright to walk around the town and experience the daily life of the people. However, ladies travellers may get some stares from the men because of the Islamic culture here. As a general rule, dress appropriately and there should not be any clothings that are too revealing.

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  • Nizwa Fort

    The fort at Nizwa is one of the most famous and impressive fort in Oman and is definitely a must visit when you are in Oman. The fort is conveniently located at the town centre and has a great view of the town and surroundings on top of the tower. There are also lots of shops around the fort and the famous souq (market) of Nizwa is nearby. More...

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Nizwa Restaurants

  • All Things Spicy and Tasty!

    Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes are on the menu at Spicy Village in Nizwa. It is part of a small chain of restaurants with branches in Ruwi, Rusayl, Sohar, and Al-Khuwair.The Nizwa restaurant was very basic but very clean, with speedy service and full of happy customers, many of which work for various construction companies in the area. It...

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  • Poolside Buffet at Falaj Daris Hotel

    The evening poolside buffet at the Falaj Daris Hotel is very good because of the delicious food and the very nice embiance of the surroundings. This is a must try if you are in Nizwa and will cost you about 4-5 Omani rials per person.

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Nizwa Tourist Traps

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    by travelthrough Written Jan 17, 2008

    Nizwa is praised in many tourist guides but the place is not very spectacular - apart from the
    very nice surroundings of the Jebel Al Akhdar (mountains) and places such as Tanuf and Bahla
    nearby.
    There are no hotels in Nizwa, you have to find a hotel on the road 10 km out of town. Since
    there are no buses, you must catch a taxi, which is not always very easy. When drivers see
    you are a tourist, they might charge you high fees. It depends on the driver's mood. Hotels
    in Nizwa are quite pricy. Apart from the fort, there is not really anything to visit.
    Mind that inside the country not really anybody speaks English. A guide is recommended.

    Unique Suggestions: Visit the fort inside to enjoy a view over the oasis.

    Fun Alternatives: Go to other places close to Jebel Akhdar.

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Nizwa Off The Beaten Path

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    by flynboxes Written Jul 1, 2008

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    If you have a good driver or the money to hire an actual guide/tour you will probably see this place. Sorry I lost my notes but if I recall correctly it was about a45 min to an hour from Nizwa. If you happen to know the name of the place shoot me a note and I will update it.

    Thx

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  • Swimming Pool at Falaj Daris Hotel

    The swimming pool at the Falaj Daris Hotel is very nice and a lot of hotel guests can be seen swimming there in the evenings. Being an Islamic country, it is not possible to wear clothings which are too revealing in Oman. However in the hotel swimming pool, the guests are allowed to wear swimming costumes and in a way they feel less restrictive...

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  • The friendly old man

    When I was at the lobby of the Falaj Daris Hotel where I stayed, I saw this old man and his friend. Apparently, he is a local craftsman and is selling his handicrafts at the lobby. Both of them were very friendly and invited me to join them for a cup of Omani coffee and some dates. It was a very enjoyable experience for me :)

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  • Meeting the children at Nizwa Fort

    While visiting Nizwa Fort, I met a group of students on an field trip to learn more about the history of Oman. The children were very cute and even posed for this photograph, however the teacher (a lady) was very shy and refused to be in the photo. Generally, ladies in Oman do not like to be in photographs as this is part of the Islamic region.

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