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.