In the southwest of Oman, the coastal city of Salalah welcomes you on a journey into the history of the land of incense. Surrounded by tropical greenery, the white sea of houses stands out against the foothills of the Dhofar Mountains. Palm-fringed beaches invite you to extensive sunbathing, archaeological excavations and museums show the importance of the former capital and a beguiling scent of exotic fruits and spices awaits you in the traditional souks.
The best time to visit Salalah is between October and May, when pleasantly mild temperatures and low humidity allow for relaxed exploration. Less
A UNESCO excavation site
An experience not only for shopping lovers
The "little sister" of the mosque of Muscat
A few miles southeast of the city centre, the remains of the medieval port city of Al Baleed bear witness to the former importance of the incense trade. The 64-hectare excavation site has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 and includes a mosque from the 4th century, a palace and the city wall crowned by numerous towers. You can choose to explore the ruins on foot or by electric scooter. Don't miss the panoramic view of the site from the adjacent beach either.
Located on the grounds of the Al Baleed excavation site, the Frankincense Land Museum offers an overview of Oman's history. Two exhibition rooms illustrate the importance of the frankincense trade and seafaring to the Sultanate through artefacts, ship models and reconstructions. You can also visit the museum shop, which sells a selection of traditional incense products.
This traditional market is located not far from the Sultan's Palace in the old city of Salalah. In addition to incense and spices, it sells high-quality gold and silverware, local handicrafts and unusual souvenirs. If you are looking for an individual souvenir from your Salalah holiday, you can have your own perfume created at some of the stalls and take the scent of the Orient home with you.
Located in the city center of Salalah, this mosque is considered the "little sister" of Muscat's mosque of the same name. Completed in 2009, the sacred building framed by green gardens has two minarets, a 118-feet-high dome and a courtyard adorned with colourful marble floors. The prayer hall has room for around 3000 worshippers and is open to visitors at selected times. Especially worth seeing is the huge crystal chandelier, which is attached to the dome and illuminates the prayer hall. Less