The old capital Nizwa is the birthplace of Islam in Oman and the site of many castles and ancient mosques. The nearby mud-brick Balha Fort in the 13th and 14th centuries by the Banu Nebhan, the dominant tribe of the time, has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list.
Lying at the foot of the Al Jabel al Akhdar (Green Mountain) among the mountains that form its walls, the city of full of rivers, orchards and palm trees, which has earned the city the name ‘the courtyard of Islam'.
Top itineraries in Nizwa
Discover Oman in luxury on this tailor-made holiday, staying in the spectacular Alila Jabal Akhdar on the edge of a dramatic canyon before beachside relaxation by the contemporary Al Bandar Hotel at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort.
Top places to stay in Nizwa
This exceptional, eco-friendly boutique property is the first Alila property in the region. A mix of tradition, nature and contemporary living, it is a very welcome and unexpected base from which to explore this fascinating part of Oman.
The View is located in the rugged, mountainous region of Oman, 1,400m above sea level and reached by scenic winding roads. The View is an ’Eco Luxe’ retreat, but an experience where nature and spectacular views are the order of the day.
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