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Sumhuram Old City, Salalah

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Ruin Tourist Spot
Creating a picturesque scene, the off-white ruins of Sumhuram Old City sit atop a small hill, once enclosed by limestone walls and overlooking the Wadi Darbat River. The city was a major port in its heyday, but was abandoned 500-600 years after its founding in the the first century. Passing through a small gateway into the surprisingly dense city ruins, you’ll come across inscriptions about the city's founding in ancient Arabic, along with what remains of the city's commercial, religious, and residential districts. Visit the nearby museum for information on frankincense and the area's ancient trade routes. Arrange to visit Sumhuram Old City and other attractions in Salalah using our Salalah trip builder.
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  • It is a fortified city that has been rebuilt somewhere. Worth seeing it and the surrounding environment. If you have time it is recommended to see the incoming of sea water.
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  • You should really visit the Museum. Simply and with many images will show how the old city must have looked. The archaeological site was interesting but there are actually only as the floor plans, on which the foundation walls were rebuilt. The environment, nature, fascinated us instead. Although the walk through the old town had been appealing. I would recommend a visit only in the late afternoon as the shady areas are very low. Almost the whole area for themselves alone what is for later hours, but raised a wonderful spell with us the silence, the distance that has water, touched quite us. As to recommend change to beach life.
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  • I visited this place during 1 week of July, so the weather wasn't so pleasant. But this place made me so involved that I could walk around in hot to know more. The best part was in one corner I found ...  more »

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The main hotels of Salalah sit close to the sea, enjoying extensive views of the coast, private beaches, pools, and fine-dining restaurants. Some particularly luxurious resorts can be found along the coastal roads, with sculpted grounds and onsite malls. Inland, where the real city sits, you'll find some similarly luxurious hotels. However, there's a much greater choice of standard options, with a pool perhaps, a restaurant for sure, and comfortable rooms. Rental apartments along 23rd July Street provide perhaps the best budget-friendly options in town.
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