Nizwa

Overview

Introduction

Only a short drive into the interior from Masqat, Nizwa is interesting for its 17th-century fort and watchtower, and its souk, which specializes in daggers, silver and brass items. Also worth seeing is the falaj, the well-preserved irrigation system. Nearby are the interesting traditional villages of Hamra, Misfah and Bahla (a walled city known for its pottery). Allow at least half a day for an excursion to Nizwa (a full day if you visit Hamra, Misfah and Bahla). Also nearby is Birkit al-Mawz, a picturesque village located beneath a cliff, whose lines of sedimentary rocks arch like a rainbow over the town. 80 mi/125 km southwest of Masqat.

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