What to See and Do

Al Hazm Castle

This castle is one of Islamic architectural masterpieces, as it does not contain any ceiling rafters. Roofs are held up by columns. The width of each wall is not less than three metres. This castle, with its fortified towers and cannon openings in the upper storeys, is built so that its various huge entrances are not opposite each other. Al Hazm Castle has colossal wooden doors equipped with receptacles for pouring boiling oil or date honey.

The fort is located in Wilayt ArRustaq in Al Batinah South Governorate

Al Rustaq Fort

Al Rustaq Fort lies in Wilayt Al Rustaq in Al Batinah South Governorate  . It was originally built in 1250, but was reconstructed to its present state during the reign of the Al Y`aribah in the sixteenth century. It consist of two floors, in addition to a ground floor, and houses residences, weapon stores, reception rooms, gates, a mosque, a prison and water wells. Al Rustaq Fort has four towers: The Red Tower, The Wind Tower, The Devils Tower and the Modern Tower.

Balad Sayt

The village enjoys an outstanding location between the mountains of Ad Dakhiliyah and Al Batinah regions and is one of Wadi Bani Awf villages in Wilayt ArRustaq . Balad Sayt lies 40 kilometres away both from Wilayt ArRustaq and Wilayt Al Hamra in A'Dakhiliyah Governorate. The magnificence of this village lies in its agricultural terraces and mountainous location, and its rugged mountain roads attract many adventure tourism fans. Balad Sayt is considered a fine example of traditional Omani villages. 

Wadi Al Hawqayn

Distances of about 40 and 150 kilometres separates it from Willayat Al Rustaq and Muscat Governorate respectively. This valley is characterised by its year-round flowing streams, as well as beautiful waterfalls and ever-flowing water springs.

AthThawarah Spring

These are a collection of hot springs that gush forth all year round from Silud Mountain and flow from the valley for a distance of 300 metres before branching out into two tributaries: Falaj “Kabbah” and Falaj “As Sarooj”. Wilayt Nakhal depends on this spring and its tributaries to irrigate its cultivated lands.

The spring is one of the most popular tourist sites in Al Batinah South Governorate.

Wadi Bani Awf (Suspended Road)

If you love excitement, adventure, and winding mountain roads, you’ll find a challenge in Wadi Bani Awf (The Suspended Road), Al Batinah South Governorate .

To traverse this road, you must have a four-wheel drive, and the driver must be an expert in mountain driving. The road is very steep, and it takes about 3 hours to cross this wadi.

You will have to swim sometimes, or jump, but excitement is guaranteed! The road goes along a 5 metre (15 feet) wide path that is more than 100 meters (300 feet) high in places.

There are wires connecting both sides of the wadi, which the adventurous use to cross from one side to the other.

Wadi Al Abyad (White Valley)

This wadi is about 30 km (18.5 miles) away from the main Muscat – Sohar road, where it extends west of Wilayat Nakhl, Al Batinah South Governorate . It is 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) away from Wilayat centre.

This wadi is characterised by its abundant fresh water springs and year-round streams. It is a haven for many animals and birds, and supports numerous plants.

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