Al Hamra: A well-preserved old town

Oman Monday 21/September/2020 21:22 PM
By: Times News Service
Al Hamra: A well-preserved old town

Where: The wilayat of Al Hamra is in the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah and it is a well-preserved old town in Al Dakhiliyah region. Known for its geographical, cultural and historical diversity, it is a popular tourist destination. There are many mountains and several villages located on the flat hills.

What's Special: Jabal Shams, Birkat Al Sharaf, Misfat Al Abriyeen and Al Hoota Cave are some of the significant places. While Jabal Shams is the highest peak at an altitude of 12,000 feet, it takes about 15 minutes from Al Hamra to reach the foot of the mountain where Misfat Al Abriyeen is located. One can see the vibrant farms and the plantations here.This place is also famous for terrace farming and the lush greenery  around makes Misfat the most sought after destination.

There is a falaj system for irrigation and one can see date palm trees, pomegranates and different types of wildflowers here. If you want to know about the traditional life in Oman, a visit to the old village of Al Hamra is must.The mud wall buildings, the old painted ceilings and wooden doors of Al Hamra village attracts visitors. Some of the oldest preserved houses in Oman can be found here. Other notable places are the village of Ghul to the northwest of the town and Bimah to the north-northeast. At the foot of Jabal Shams lies Al Hoota Cave, one of the largest cave systems in the world.