Jabal Akhdar Holidays

Jabal Akhdar (meaning ‘green mountain’ in Arabic) is part of the Hajar Mountains in the north of Oman and soars 6,560 feet above sea level. Full of natural beauty, the extraordinary scenery includes rugged peaks, steep gorges, caves, canyons and spectacular terraced villages. The Mediterranean-like climate makes the region ideal for cultivating fruit and vegetables, and is particularly known for walnuts, pomegranates and damask roses which bloom from March to May, covering the mountain side in pink hues.

It’s a haven for adventure travellers, nature lovers and those seeking a sumptuous retreat. Activities include nature walks, hiking trails, mountain biking, rock climbing and off-road drives along with archery and mountain-top yoga. After dark, thanks to no light pollution, it’s a stargazing paradise so you may even be able to spot the Milky Way through a powerful telescope.

A famous viewpoint, Diana’s Point, is named after Diana Princess of Wales, following her visit in 1986. It’s a truly magical place to sit and watch the sun rise and drink in the canyon’s rugged beauty. Nearby attractions and heritage sites include Nizwa Fort, renowned for centuries as the ‘Pearl of Islam’; the ornately decorated Jabreen Castle and the impressive UNESCO listed Bahia Fort, which dates back over 800 years.



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Essential facts about Jabal Akhdar
Local Time

GMT +4 hours

Currency

Omani Rial

Travel information

Muscat is approx 7 hours from the UK. Jabal Akhdar is a 2 hour drive from Muscat airport or Muscat beach hotel.

Best time to go

This region enjoys a refreshing year round climate and usually has lower temperatures than those of Muscat, particularly in winter. The cooler summer temperatures make it a great place to escape the soaring heat of the beach and desert regions.

Ramadan

During Ramadan, it is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public places (including hotels and those offering all inclusive) between sunrise and sunset; and no live entertainment is permitted. Hotels usually provide a private area where non-Muslims can eat during the day. Alcoholic drinks are not served in hotels (including those offering all inclusive) on dry days and other days stipulated by the government. Alcohol is available in Dubai hotels after sunset. Please ask for more details at time of booking.