Nizwa Souk, Nizwa

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Browse the vibrant stalls of Nizwa Souk, a traditional marketplace nestled by the ruins of Nizwa Fort, known for its quality handicrafts and the cattle auction that takes place every Friday morning. One of the oldest and most renowned markets in Oman, the souk stalls offer a diverse array of products, from fresh meat and produce, to locally made gold, copper, and silverware. Roam the lively market roads, purchase some aromatic spices, and hunt for bargains on famous local jewelry, pottery, and traditional curved daggers. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Nizwa Souk by using our Nizwa vacation planner.
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  • Something has to be seen Any day of the week but definitely on a Friday morning ( it starts at 6/6:30 am) when all the locals are there (for them is weekend) and they are purchasing animals ... if you...  more »
  • It's a nice souq, set not too high demands and make left and right a chat, there are the friendly Omani's really for open.
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  • There each Friday from 7: 00 a.m. to see the cattle market where goats, cattle and even camels are traded - with luck -. An unforgettable experience in the early morning sun. Get up early! You should at least be to another chance on a spectator area and parking to have 6:30 local. Please keep discreetly in the background and no local women photograph. After the cattle market's worth to stroll leisurely through the market and to buy frankincense (price you can negotiate up from about 200 grams) as a souvenir. Tip: the brighter the incense, the better the quality.
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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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