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Al Ḩamrā’

Al Ḩamrā’ (Oman)

Practical information on Al Ḩamrā’

  • Encounters with locals
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A 2 1/2 hour drive from Muscat
When to go
From mid-October through mid-March
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Al Ḩamrā’

Rémi Manesse Seasoned Traveller
68 written opinions

Al Hamra is a small town built in the earth, located at the foot of the Jebel Shams, the tallest mountain in Oman.

My suggestion:
Al Hamra's old town, composed of abandoned earthen houses, is really worth a look. To get a better impression of the special atmosphere that prevails there, it's better to go early in the morning or at sunset. 
My review

Al Hamra is a small, but rather surprising town. Located on a plateau at the foot of the highest mountain in the country, its location alone deserves a closer look. To take better advantage of it, I advise you to take the road that goes to the village of Misfat. This clear path offers an amazing view of the city and the amazing landscape that surrounds it.

Another interesting part of Al Hamra is its old abandoned city. It’s hard to describe the feeling felt when walking these deserted streets in the middle of earthen houses half in ruins. There are particularly interesting architectural testimonials like intricately crafted wooden doors, and one can only imagine what life might have been like in this part of the city before it was abandoned by its inhabitants. Al Hamra also features a newer area that is much more lively. 

If you go to the Jebel Shams during your stay in Oman, I strongly recommend taking a detour to this particularly charming city.

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