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Jebel Akhdar, Nizwa

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Mountain Nature / Park
Take a drive up to Jebel Akhdar, a scenic part of the Al Hajar mountain range. The mountainous area doesn't appear green at first glance, surprising hikers exploring its higher parts with a labyrinth of dry riverbeds and terraces that harbor lush gardens and fruit orchards. You'll need a 4WD to get up to the plateau, but when you reach the verdant area surrounded by rocky cliffs, you can enjoy picturesque views of the terrace farms and tiny villages, known for their prized pomegranates, apples, roses, and other plants that thrive here. For Jebel Akhdar and beyond, use our Nizwa vacation trip planner to get the most from your Nizwa vacation.
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  • Absolutely stunning mountain range! Definitely worth a drive from Muscat to see, plan a full day exploring the old towns around this area. If you get easily car sick, be prepared for the winding roads...  more »
  • Not for nothing is this on the Unesco list. Beautiful surroundings and what a rest! And nice and cool (ca. 30 °) in the summer. Well worth the effort. Only accessible with a 4W drive. There is a checkpoint below that driver's license and car papers. Good roads, better than in Europe already, so that's not the problem. The steep slopes and descents. On the weekends it is busier, other days are very peaceful and quiet. Recommended!
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  • The hills and valleys were a different experience. Seeing villages amidst rocks, just reminds one of the great work of nature. The houses/ ruins above wadi habid just leaves one wondering how they use...  more »
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  • A place one longs to return to..
  • Magnificent landscapes breathtaking Hotel perfect location perfect to relax
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Where to stay in Nizwa

Nizwa has relatively few accommodations to offer its guests, drawn to the historical core of the former capital. The relative lack of tourist infrastructure may well be what's keeping the traditional feel of the city center alive. A couple of standard hotels can be found in the center, and a few more in the towns to the north and south along Highway 21. The capital, Muscat, lies about an hour and a half's drive to the north-east along a good quality highway. Most visitors simply visit Nizwa during a day trip from the capital.
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