So, you’ve got two days in Muscat and aren’t sure what to do with them? Lucky you.
We’ve put together the perfect itinerary for seeing the most of the city in a limited time frame.
The first day’s plan is here, and it covered all the main sights in Muttrah and Old Muscat. You’ll be pleased to know our second day is a lot more relaxed (spoiler alert: there’s time for sunbathing).
Read on for how you should spend 48 hours in Muscat.
After yesterday’s heavy itinerary, you’re going to need a lie in. Grab breakfast at your hotel (it’s definitely a day that calls for room service) or a nearby café before getting ready for the day.
If you do feel like heading out into the real world for breakfast, there are two cafes you might like to try in Shatti al Qurum. The first is Nana’s, a gorgeous spot offering up sea views on the terrace outside. The interior is just as Instagramable, and you’ll be able to get a traditional English, Omani or Arabic breakfast, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling. Alternatively, head over to D’Arcy’s Kitchen, which is all about home cooking and soul food. You can get everything from an eggs benedict to a full English, and the terrace outside is the perfect spot for people watching.
There’s something truly magical about seeing dolphins in their natural environment, and Muscat is a great place to do this. Once you’ve finished your breakfast, head down to Marina Bandar Al Rowdha where a number of companies operate tours. You can either head out into the open seas and just watch the beautiful sea creatures diving through the waves, or you can combine your trip with some snorkeling and explore the corals of Oman. Many of the trips start in the early morning, so make sure you check out timings online before setting off.
Qurum Natural Park
There’s no better way to relax than taking a stroll through a park, https://www.timeoutmuscat.com/attractions/400076-muscat-parks-where-to-f... and Qurum Natural Park is Muscat’s biggest. Inside you’ll find plenty of green spaces as well as a rose garden, and if you’re with kids or just fancy staying active, you can rent bikes to get around on. Plus, there’s a lake in the park that you can boat on.
If you’re with the little ones, make sure you check out Marah Land, an amusement park in the grounds of Qurum Natural Park. There’s a Ferris wheel, giving you views over the area, and more than 30 rides for everyone from the tiniest tots to stroppy teenagers.
If you’re at Marah Land, you can pick up lunch here as there’s a food court inside. But we would recommend heading over to Qurum Beach, which is home to a number of hotels which are all bustling with restaurants. The InterContinental Muscat has the Italian restaurant Tomato, steakhouse CHAR or fine-dining Japanese spot Takara. Further along the beach you’ve also got burger joint Slider Station or you could head towards the city and check out Ubhar. Ubhar serves up traditional Omani food and is known for its shuwa and camel biryanis, so make sure you try one of these before leaving Oman (if you haven’t already!).
What, you thought we were just going to direct you to Qurum Beach without letting you dip your toes in the water? No, it’s definitely time for a bit of sunbathing – essential on any trip to the Middle East. This is Muscat’s most popular beach and it can get pretty busy, but you’ll still be able to find a spot to relax. The beach is always filled with locals playing football or enjoying a picnic and it’s a great way to while away an afternoon.
Mall of Muscat
While shopping on holiday is always fun, this isn’t the only reason you should stop off here. The Mall of Muscat is also home to the Oman Aquarium, which is the biggest aquarium in the Middle East. There are 30,000 fish and other sea creatures in the huge tanks, and there’s a colony of endangered African penguins here too.
It’s not every day that you get to dine inside an opera house, particularly one as beautiful as the Royal Opera House Muscat. Al Angham is the Omani restaurant inside, and while it’s a bit pricey, we definitely think it’s worth it for the experience. The interior is absolutely stunning, and really shows off some of the best of Omani architecture.
If Al Angham’s a little out of your price range, there are some other options inside the Opera Galleria, the mall attached to ROHM. There’s French spot Fauchon Café, or Turkish steakhouse Sultan Chef, both of which have incredible food.
Royal Opera House
If you’re lucky enough to visit Muscat in time to catch a performance, you definitely should. Tickets start at OMR3 or OMR5 for many shows, so it doesn’t have to be an expensive night out either. Recent performances include The Nutcracker, Mughal-e-Azam and Carmen.