This region is home to some of Oman's greatest attractions, including the country's highest mountain - Jabel Shams - and Jabel Al Akhdar, a mountainous plateau that is known for its green terrace fields brimming with roses, pomegranates and other fruit.
Nizwa is an ancient city in the Ad Dakhiliyah region of northern Oman. It sits on a plain characterized by seasonal rivers and palm plantations. It's know for Nizwa Fort, a castle with a huge cylindrical tower built in the 17th century to defend the city's position on a major trade route. The adjoning marketplace, Nizwa Souk, is lined with handicrafts stalls and silversmiths working in small shops.
There are many ancient castles and forts which have also been beautifully restored and are open to the public. Also of interest is UNESCO World Heritage Sites the Bahla Fort and the renowned Nizwa Fort and Souq. Very different from Muscat's equivalent, the Nizwa Souq is famous for its pottery, spices and the weekly livestock trading market it hosts, whilst Nizwa fort offers an insight into the city's history as well as beautiful 360 views of the whole city and surrounding mountains.
Nizwa Fort Coffee Shop. Al Masharef for Turkish food and Marsa Alsaiyaad for fish and seafood are just three of the recommended places to eat.
Travel north of Nizra is Jabreen where you can visit a spectacular fort with lots of period artefacts on display representing what life must have been for the local inhabitants. Painted ceilings are prized examples of decorative art on display. Travel south and discover the fort of Bahla surrounding a palm plantation. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Bahla is famous for its pottery.
Rock climbing. Oman is a climber's dream and Oman's highest mountain is via ferrata on Jabel Akhdar. It offers both beginners and intermediates excellent opportunities to improve their skills with fully qualified instructors on hand to provide assistance. Cultural walks lead by an Omani local expert could be your thing.