AL Hamra and Jabal Shams, the town of Misfah, al Hootah Cave, Hasat container Salt, Bait al Safa and Bait al Shari’ah are the primary vacation destinations in the Wilayat of al Hamra
Al Hoota Cave
Exploring the Beauty of Al Hamra and Jabal Shams
Introduction: Nestled in the north-western region of the stunning Jabal al Akhdhar range, the Wilayat of Al Hamra boasts a plethora of captivating vacation destinations. This picturesque region shares its borders with the Wilayat of Nizwa to the east and the Wilayat of Bahla to the south. Let’s delve deeper into the enchanting attractions in this part of Oman.
- Misfah al Abriyeen, standing tall at over 3,000 feet, is a charming stone and gypsum village adorned with lush gardens and an ancient fortress named “Rowghan.” Believed to pre-date Islam, this fortress adds historical intrigue to the village. Terraced plots in Misfah are covered with date palms, limes, sweet oranges, grapes, figs, and mulberries. The village’s unique charm is accentuated by its hanging gardens, fed by a single spring situated at a higher elevation than the river.
- This remarkable mountain peak, rising to a staggering 12,000 feet above sea level, is Al Hamra’s most iconic natural feature. Access Jabal Shams via the Wadi Ghul road, offering mesmerizing views of Sabt Bani Khamis, a stone village perched on the edge of a cliff beneath a massive overhanging rock. The mountain slopes boast buu and nimt trees, junipers, wild olives, milkweed, and various other plants. The mountain’s cooler climate offers a refreshing escape. A resthouse with multiple rooms, staffed by Omanis, welcomes visitors. A journey to Jabal Shams promises a glimpse of its stone formations, dams, mountain villages, and watercourses. Near the summit, you can witness the awe-inspiring Sharfat al Nakhr, a deep hole carved into the heart of the mountain.
Old Mountain Pass:
- An ancient mountain pass spanning two to three kilometers has been marked out on Jabal Shams between the villages of al Khutaim and Ghul. This hiking route features internationally recognized signs, and some areas are marked with phosphorescent paint. Detailed maps are readily available for all mountain passes.
Surface Storage Dams:
- The government has constructed fifteen surface storage dams to provide water for the local residents, ensuring their well-being and agricultural needs.
Al Hamra’s Historic Quarter:
- Some of the old residential quarters in Al Hamra remain inhabited, preserving the rich heritage of the region. Most of the houses are two-storied, reflecting traditional Omani architecture.
Al Qaryah Village:
- Located in the western part of the wilayat, Al Qaryah is surrounded by lush palm forests and lime plantations, creating a magnificent backdrop for this charming village.
Conclusion: Al Hamra and Jabal Shams are not only places of natural beauty but also repositories of history and tradition. As you explore the region, you’ll be captivated by its watercourses, aflaj (irrigation canals), gardens, and orchards. This hidden gem in Oman offers a unique blend of natural wonders and cultural heritage for all to enjoy.