Just a 45 minute, simple drive outside of Nizwa, this village sits high up on an edge in the Hajar mountains, looking down into the depths of a palm-laden gorge. The view alone is stunning. The vista before you looks totally out of place in the Middle-East, looking more like a caribbean plantations such is the lushness of the greenery and trees on the mountainside, and this is before you have even reached the labyrinthine walkways of the village.
You will find a small tourist hut upon entering Misfat and a big tourist information board that lists areas of interest and recommends some routes and walks through it. Tradition abounds throughout and you will be given a hearty welcome by everyone you meet. The fun is in walking through the pleasantly perplexing alleys of three and four tiered buildings, with their seemingly endless turns and cut throughs, coming out in a clearing with more traditional architecture, ornately painted window frames and doors and children dancing to a rhythmic goat-skin drum.
It costs you nothing to visit Nizwa and it may well be the most memorable thing that you do in and around Nizwa. Parking is free and easily available and there are public toilets too. The winding journey up the mountain is dotted with lookout points and lay-bys and is perfect for photo opportunities and a picnic. There are some small shops in Nizwa but it may be best to bring your own food or drink just in case these small scale operations are not open. All in all, you will receive an authentic and real flavour of Oman, marvel at the traditional architecture and fall in love with this little village that seems unsullied by the passing of time.
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