Muscat Sights Self-Guided Tour, Muscat (Self Guided)

Muscat is the wonderful capital city of a magnificent country which is known for picturesque beaches, beautiful mosques, historic forts, old gates, a splendid royal palace, scenic gardens, natural parks and other interesting sights. The majesty and splendor of Muscat's landmarks remind about the city's glorious past and rich culture. Check out the most popular landmarks in Muscat in the next self-guided tour.
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Muscat Sights Self-Guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Muscat Sights Self-Guided Tour
Guide Location: Oman » Muscat (See other walking tours in Muscat)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: leticia
Al Jalali Fort

1) Al Jalali Fort (must see)

Fabulous Al Jalali Fort is one of Oman's finest historic fortifications. Located on the top of a rocky outcrop, the fort provides magnificent views of the harbor and the old city, including Muscat's most impressive sight — the Sultan's Al Alam Palace.
Al-Alam Royal Palace (Sultan's Palace)

2) Al-Alam Royal Palace (Sultan's Palace)

The Al-Alam Royal Palace, otherwise known as Sultan's Palace, is the most gorgeous building in Oman’s capital and the finest example of national architecture. The palace was built in 1972, two years after the enthronement of Sultan Qaboos. The palace's distinct features are the tall columns. The building is noted for its majestic simplicity, grace and chasteness.
Al Khor Mosque

3) Al Khor Mosque

The Al-Khor Mosque is situated just below the magnificent Mirani Fort. It is a beautiful mosque and a contemporary structure in Old Muscat. One of Oman's many colorful mosques, Al Khor represents a combination of Arab, Persian and Indian architectural styles.
Al Mirani Fort

4) Al Mirani Fort (must see)

Fort Al-Mirani is a fort in the harbour of the city of Muscat. In the 1552 Capture of Muscat, an Ottoman force consisted in 4 galleons, 25 galleys, and 850 troops attacked the city of Muscat. They captured the city and its fort. The recently-built Fort Al-Mirani was besieged for 18 days with one piece of Ottoman artillery brought on top of a ridge. The fort was captured and its fortifications destroyed.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
Muscat Gate Museum

5) Muscat Gate Museum (must see)

The Muscat Gate Museum is a museum opened in January 2001. The museum contains displays about Oman's history from the Neolithic times to the present. It has a number of special exhibits on Muscat's water springs, the ancient wells, underground channels, the souks, houses, mosques, harbors and forts.

Operation hours: Sunday - Thursday: 8 am - 2 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

6) Watchtower (must see)

Watchtower represents a white tower on top of a hill and is located very close to Riyam Park, on the Bahri Road. It is an excellent place to admire the charming wonders of the splendid city of Muscat, the Arabian Sea, and the majestic local architecture.
Riyam Park

7) Riyam Park (must see)

Riyam Park is located between Muscat and Muttrah. It overlooks the sea and provides some truly amazing views. The park has spacious green areas and a children's playground. It is also the place where a peace treaty was signed with the Portuguese in 1648.

Walking Tours in Muscat, Oman

Create Your Own Walk in Muscat

Create Your Own Walk in Muscat

Creating your own self-guided walk in Muscat is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Wadi Kabir Self-Guided Tour

Wadi Kabir Self-Guided Tour

Wadi Kabir is one of the Muscat’s neighborhoods. Among its attractions there are several Islamic mosques, the wonderful Wadi Kabir roundabout, an amazing amusement park, the beautiful Al Wadi Al Kabeer Park, and a famous Friday market (Suq Al Jumah). Check out the most popular sights of Wadi Kabir in the next self-guided tour!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Muscat Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Muscat Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Today's Muscat is a multi-confessional city with many different religious buildings, including beautiful Islamic mosques and a wonderful Protestant Church. Among the mosques, the most notable is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Follow this tour to explore Muscat's religious sites.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km
Muscat's Ruwi Walking Tour

Muscat's Ruwi Walking Tour

Ruwi is a commercial hub and the main business area of Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. Among the key attractions here is a variety of multi-confessional religious buildings, an interesting and informative National Museum, and a beautiful Clock Tower and Park. Take the following tour to discover this wonderful part of Muscat.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Muttrah Walk

Muttrah Walk

Muttrah, an administrative district within the Muscat province, is a formerly major commercial hub of Oman, boasting one of the largest harbors and sea ports in the region. The city's fish market is one of the city's main attractions. Other landmarks include the Bait al-Baranda museum, the scenic Muttrah corniche, Jama Mosque, and Souq Muttrah, a traditional bazaar. To explore the most...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Muscat Cultural Walking Tour

Muscat Cultural Walking Tour

The impressive cultural and historic heritage of Muscat is duly reflected in its museums. Informative and insightful, most of them are popular tourist destinations and are worth visiting. Follow this tour to the most prominent museums of Muscat.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Muscat for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Muscat has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Muscat, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.