Scamper round an ancient Arabian townMutrah, Oman
Presided over by rugged mountains, the gleaming, whitewashed old town of Mutrah is undoubtedly one of Muscat's most scenic spots. The canopy of roofs is punctuated by the cerulean blue of qubba (mosque domes) and the odd minaret, from where the call to prayer echoes out. And come nightfall it's a beautiful place for a stroll, the light from the low-rise buildings glimmering on the gently lapping waters of the Gulf of Oman.
The city’s old commercial centre, Mutrah is still a hive of a activity and well worth an afternoon stroll along the curled lip of its corniche – the gulf on one side and delicately latticed buildings on the other. Although it's part of the capital Muscat there's a village-like feel to Mutrah, which is best observed by dawn's first light at the fish market. But there's plenty more to see besides: from the old Portuguese Mutrah Fort, built in the 1580s, to the green pocket that is Al Riyam Park, and the famed Mutrah Souk.
Visit the Old Town of Mutrah as part of a walking tour on Swagman’s Active Oman trip.