Perched high up the hillside some 45km from Nizwa and only a fifteen minute drive from the atmospheric traditional town of Al Hamra lies The View Oman. This luxury eco resort with comfortably setup rooms, an infinity pool looking into the valley, and fabulous service makes it one of the best places to stay in Al Hamra and explore the nearby sights. There are numerous places to visit in and around Al Hamra.
Ancient Town of Al Hamra
A historic village situated right at the foot of the Hajar Mountains has survived for more than four hundred years and is one of the oldest villages in Oman. It attracts visitors due to its well-preserved row of two and three storey mud-brick houses built by using traditional methods dating back centuries. There are numerous abandoned houses in the upper parts of the village, which make for an atmospheric stroll, especially at sunset. There is a crumbling watchtower looking out over the old part of Al Hamra which visitors should check out.
Bait Al Safah
This quirky living history museum with its historical displays offers an insight into the lives of the people who settled and continue to live in the area. Guests are accompanied around this traditional house and learn about the history and culture of the area. From the culinary arts of juniper-oil production, to Omani bread-making and coffee-bean grinding, guests get a chance to witness it all and for those that are interested an opportunity for a photo shoot in traditional regional costume can also be arranged.
Al Hamra Viewpoint
There is a viewpoint about the Al Hamra village, which is a great photoshop as the village is framed by the limestone 'dip slope' of Jebel Shams as backdrop and surrounded by date plantation. The sunset here is a particularly magical sight where the golden beams of the sun hit the village and its surroundings.
Among other places to visit around Al Hamra are the mountain of Jebel Akhdar, Misfat al Abryeen, a picturesque village, the Wadi Nakhr Ruins, the Al Hoota caves and the traditional falaj irrigation systems to name a few.
Explore the great outdoors at Jebel Akhdar, a massive peak that is part of Al Hajar Mountains range. Here amid the barren slopes you will discover hidden wadis and terrace farms where apricots, pomegranates, olives, walnuts and roses are flourishing in the cooler, high-altitude temperatures present here. Take in the mountains’ panoramic views, small traditional villages and rose-water distilleries.
Misfat al Abreyeen
An authentic, Omani mud village built right into a mountainside with the traditional mud houses with palm frond roofs, being built on solid rock foundations, Misfat al Abreyeen is made up of houses, shaded passageways, gorgeous gardens and open terraces with amazing views.
Wadi Nakhr Ruins
Set deep in the mountains this wadi commonly known as the Grand Canyon, is a fair drive through rugged paths. The ruins of the ancient Ghul village are situated on a rocky projection above bright date plantations that overlook Wadi An Nakhur.
Al Hoota Cave
Located at the foot of Jebel Shams this cave system is estimated to be created about two million years ago. Stretching to almost three miles this is the only show cave in the Arabian Peninsula and offers an incomparable experience for visitors.
Al Hamra is one of the best places in Oman to truly experience the culture and traditions of the area and the Omani way of life. So book you stay at the View Oman and reach out to our team to plan your tour of Al Hamra.