Did you know that 21 species of whales and dolphins have been identified off the coast of Oman? And Oman may have the only resident population of humpback whales in the world. Other cetaceans range from blue whales to dolphins and their observations are almost guaranteed. Otherwise, you are not alone.
Did you know that the sea of Oman contains a remarkable variety of creatures, including 5 species of sea turtles and important nesting sites for green turtle and loggerhead species? The coastal waters of Oman are home to a number of unique coral species and a wide range of fish that will delight divers and snorkelers. More than 400 bird species have been recorded and during the winter months, it is home to a remarkable variety of migratory birds. Swarms of white storks pass and European rollers can rest for a few days on their own migrations. Terrestrial animals include the Arabian Oryx, the Nubian ibex and the Arabian Gazelle. But did you know that Oman has an Arabian leopard? Unlike the Tasmanian tiger, the Arabian leopard may be elusive, but not legendary. We can still find it.
Oman offers a variety of exciting experiences of land and sea adventures, as well as a number of fascinating and almost unexplored landscapes and shelters. The world knows little about this destination, but now that the secret is known, it will be the new adventure vacation destination in the world. So, if you have the spirit of adventure and the urge to explore, then it’s time for you to find a vacation in Oman.
RAIN IN OMAN
It is not uncommon to think that it does not rain in Oman. But it happens, sometimes somewhere. As the great explorer Wilfred Thesiger discovered during his revolutionary journeys in the empty district, it never rains in the same place in the following years, hence the ceaseless wanderings of the Bedouins.
Rain is Oman’s behaviour and contributes to the extraordinary diversity of the country. To the north-west, the vast region of Hajar, of which Jebel Akhdar is the central part, undergoes winter storms and feeds them from springs to the villages or along the waterfalls, the irrigation canals built by the Persians, built 2,000 years ago. there are still fragments of the flowering desert. Crystalline streams flow through the wadi beds that are the only roads through the mountains but can suddenly rage with flashy floods of rainwater.
The Jebel Akhdar series includes spectacular limestone slopes and plateaus that dictate the character of northern Oman. It is located about 100 km inland and is one of the most spectacular areas of Oman. The altitude is three thousand meters above sea level and is the highest peak in the mountains of East Hajar, the highest mountains in the country. The view from the top is breathtaking. The beautiful nature of the people who helped to make this place a natural place for tourists adds to the natural beauty of the place.
The late Princess Diana visited Jebel Akhdar in the 1980s and the point from which she saw the canyon is now called Diana’s Point. Jebel Akhdar Mountain is also home to fragrant flowers, called the desert rose. It is used in making rose water and the place also has a forest of juniper berries. The oil from these plants provides immediate relief from headaches and muscle aches.
Most forts are located northwest of the capital Muscat. The important forts of Oman are important elements of military architecture. Al-Hazm Fort is located at the foot of Jebel Akhdar and at the beginning of the fertile coastal plain of Batina. Built in the early 18th century, it has now been restored, but do not expect the scintillating arabesques of the Moorish world in Morocco or southern Spain. On the contrary, desert austerity and understated elegance should not be confused with a lack of ambition and taste.
30 km further is the oasis town of Nakhl. Here, you can visit a beautiful elongated castle, enclosed in the contours of the rocky promontory. The oasis exudes a wonderful feeling of the protected world, shaded by date palms and banana trees and surrounded by its humid microclimate stemming from the difficulties of the surrounding desert.
In the southwestern corner of Jebel Akhdar is the historic town of Nizwa. It is the tourist centre with its superbly reconstructed souk, a spectacular fortress dominated by a huge drum-shaped rifle tower and an excellent hotel where the view of the mountains from the pool is one of the best in the world.
Salalah is a very large city, with two-storey houses and markets transformed into coconut palms, banana trees and papayas. It’s a place of history. Nearly 30 years ago, Sultan Qaboos organized a coup against his father, with the support of the British. Modern Oman with its roads, schools, cleanliness and balanced development started here. A little more than 20 years ago, the rebellion against the Sultan backed by Yemen was defeated here, the last battle, again with British participation, taking place a few kilometres north of the now-silent station of Yemen. Mirbat.
For the rest, Salalah is for the senses. The incense trees are in the surrounding desert. Fresh juice has the texture and taste of old chewing gum. Once dried, it gives off a soft, penetrating fragrance that becomes brighter when heated in a terracotta burner. In antiquity, ships and camels transported the resin, more precious than gold or myrrh, around Arabia and the Mediterranean: from the ninth century, Omani sailors regularly supplied India and China. China.
THE MODERN OMAN
Oman has now entered the modern world. Modern yes, but without sacrificing traditions. He has developed facilities for its inhabitants while preserving their individuality and dignity, their history and their fauna. One of the best seasons to visit this modern country is the European winter, when temperatures and weather conditions are ideal, around 20 degrees Celsius during the day, with even cooler evenings and evenings. And one of the best reasons to visit Oman is adventure and relaxation. For an unforgettable experience. Go on holiday in Oman.