Guide Location: Oman » Muscat
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
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This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Muscat Map and Walks" in Google Play.
Muttrah is a former hub of commerce in Oman which boasts one of the largest harbors in the Muscat region. It has a large fish market, the Bait al-Baranda museum, the scenic Muttrah corniche, the gorgeous Al Lawatiya Mosque, the Jama Mosque, and the famous Old Muttrah Souk. Take the following tour to discover the most notable attractions in Muscat’s Muttrah.
Tour Stops and Attractions
1) Fish MarketThe fish market (fish souk) is located in the Muttrah port area and is one of its main attractions. The variety of fish and marine products sold there is enormous. Tourists flock to the market not only to buy fresh fish, but also to walk around and soak up the atmosphere.
Operation hours: Daily 6 am - 10...
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2) Muttrah RoundaboutOman has a number of wonderful roundabouts, often with marvelous constructions or striking figures. The Muttrah roundabout is one of such marvels, featuring a wonderful sculpture of two fish amid a fine...
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3) Bait al-BarandaBait al-Baranda is a museum located near the Muttrah roundabout. Opened in 2006, the museum recounts the history of Muscat in an interactive way, from a hundred million years ago until the present day. It has geological exhibits, displays on primary life forms, human settlements and other interesting...
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4) Mutrah CornicheThe Muttrah Corniche is a popular tourist attraction in Muttrah. It stretches along the harbor and contains pristine gardens, beautiful fountains, wonderful figures and sculptures. The scenic Muttrah Corniche provides an amazing view over the sea and the...
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5) Al Lawatiya MosqueOfficially named Masjid al-Rasool al-A'tham (Mosque of the Great Prophet), this beautiful religious building is widely known as the Al-Lawatiya Mosque. It is a fine example of Islamic architecture with a striking mosaic-covered onion dome and blue minaret dominating the skyline of...
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6) Old Muttrah Souk (Al Dhalam Souq)Al Dhalam (Darkness in Arabic) Souq is the local name for the Muttrah Souq. The Muttrah Souq is perhaps one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. It has been named after darkness because of the crowded stalls and lanes where the sun-rays do not infiltrate during the day and the shoppers need lamps to know their destinations. The market was a source of supply for Omanis where they can buy their needs in the 1960s when life requirements were simpler than today. Most of the goods were...
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7) Jama MosqueJama Mosque is another beautiful mosque in Muttrah, which is found in Muttrah’s souk district amid prominent street markets. Reflecting the magnificence and beauty of Islamic architecture, the mosque is a very popular place of worship with Omani...
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8) Gold SoukThe Gold Souk is an excellent shopping venue in Muttrah, located very close to the beautiful Al Lawatiya Mosque. Here you can find a variety of shops selling traditional clothes, original souvenirs, quality gold and silver jewelry, and much...
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9) Muttrah FortThe Muttrah Fort is one of the oldest forts in Muttrah, which sits on a rocky hill and overlooks the town. Originally, this beautiful sixteenth century fort was built by the Portuguese during their occupation and was used for keeping prisoners. Visit its restored watchtower and enjoy the wonderful panoramic views of the city and...
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