Sometimes I’m glad to be lost while traveling around Oman! It is at those moments that I often find the most fascinating spots. On a recent trip coming back to Muscat from Al Hoota Cave, getting lost lead me to the towns of Al Hamra and the more famous tourist spot of Misfat Al Abriyeen.
I’ve seen plenty of white dishdasha scarecrows around Oman but this was the first scarecrow I’ve seen made out of ladies clothing!
Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers as you walk around and explore Oman (or anywhere else you may be for that matter!) :-)
Just one quick example of the beauty of the entire region around Nizwa!
This is just one picture I took of the small town of Al Hamra which is located about 40 kms from Nizwa. You have to drive through Al Hamra to get to the more impressive Misfat Al Abriyeen. Al Hamra is an enchanting village and well worth a visit on its own (sometime in the future, God willing!)!
Not the best shot but I wanted you to see the winding road that leads up the mountain to Misfat Al Abriyeen from Al Hamra. It may not look like much but it’s quite a ride up that road with plenty of twists and turns!
This is looking down on Al Hamra from one of the first rest areas on the ride up to Misfat.
Such are the sights you are treated with at the top!
Rogan Fort is one of the famous landmarks of Misfat Al Abriyeen.
Falaj al Misfat is a source of life to the banana, citrus fruit and palm trees that make up the well maintained agricultural terraces. To learn more about Misfat Al Abriyeen and its falaj, click here to read this interesting article from Oman Observer titled, “Misfat Al Abriyeen: The Secret of Jabal Shams”.
This is a pic of the main tourist information center at Misfat. Great maps and info provided by the Ministry of Tourism!
My friend and travel companion on this trip, Devin, giving you a fine example of how picturesque the village of Misfat can be!