Muscat, Oman's capital city, showcases the very best that this destination has to offer and all in one place. Keeping with Oman's traditional nature, there are few highrise buildings here, and most of the modern architecture is in keeping with the nation's past. Wander through the streets and you would be forgiven for thinking that it had been this way for years.
There is some modern culture here of course, with shopping malls containing luxury boutiques. However, you'll find these hidden alongside opulent buildings like the inspiring Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Personally, we prefer a more traditional haggling experience at one of the many souks in the city; Muttrah Souk is the biggest with traders offering a mix of spices, gold and silver to interested parties.
A visit to Muscat wouldn't be complete without delving into the nation's past. Colonised by the Portuguese along with the Ottoman Turks, all have made their mark through the buildings they have erected. With plenty to see, we recommend you start with the Portuguese built Al Mirani and Al Jalali Forts which guard over the capital's harbour.
If you want a more relaxing time, then head to the Corniche, a green space running along the coastline and the perfect location for an Omani coffee and a relaxing afternoon. Or take some time to walk along the city's public beaches which run along the coastline - sun, sea and sand, tick off every travel need.