Sohar is a year-round destination. Many families and tourists visit Sohar regularly.
Sohar is a port city on Oman's northern coast. Facing the Gulf of Oman, the centuries-old Sohar Fort houses a museum exploring the city's cultural and trading past.
Sohar Corniche stretches along the waterfront, with a park, restaurants and a fish market. To the west is a camel-racing track. Sohar is also a base for exploring the craggy banks of nearby ravines, including Wadi Al Jizi and Wadi Salahi.
Sohar belongs to the fertile Batinah coast region, and is arguably the most verdant city in Oman and the drive to Sohar from Muscat along the coastal highway passes through thick plantations of dates, mangoes, limes, bananas, vegetables and fodder crops.
Sohar Fort - Built in the 13th century, Sohar's distinctive square-towered fort allegedly boasts a 10km tunnel intended as an escape route during a siege. Easier to find is the small museum in the fort's tower, which outlines local history, and the tomb of Sayyid Thuwaini Bin Sultan Al Busaid, ruler of Oman from 1856 to 1866. The fort has recently been well restored, with several room furnished to give an idea of military life in the 19th-century Oman.
Fish Market - The fish market, built in the shape of a dhow (traditional wodden fishing vessel), punctuates the northern end of the Corniche. It's fun to visit early in the morning when haggling over the night catch is at its liveliest. Omani traders in kumar (embroidered hats), Indian fishermen in wizar (cotton sarongs) and women in traditional dress make for a colourful scene. Fish of all shapes and sizes are heaped on the slabs and include tuna, bream and pipe-nosed fish without an English name.
Cornish Restaurant - In the heart of the busy fish market, this attractive, bright-windowed restaurant serves up the best of the catch, fresh from the incoming fishing boats. Preparations range from Indian and Chinese to fish and chips with plenty of nonfish and vegetarian options.
Wadi Heebi, lying 63 km away from the city is a good destination for picnickers. The village of Heebi is a collection of ancient dwellings with an untouched rustic look. On a 15-minute detour before Heebi village lies the village of Al Ghudafary, which is fed by an old falaj supplying gardens yielding dates and papayas.
Camel Racing - If you have the time, it is a worthy trip to the desert to watch the camel races. It is best to hire a guide so that you will know when a race will take place and be there for the experience. It is a once in a lifetime sight, being surrounded by spectators and seeing racers dressed in traditional clothes on camels!