Misfat Al Abriyeen

Sometimes I’m glad to be lost while traveling around Oman!  It is at those moments that I often find the most fascinating spots.  On a recent trip coming back to Muscat from Al Hoota Cave, getting lost lead me to the towns of Al Hamra and the more famous tourist spot of Misfat Al Abriyeen.

I’ve seen plenty of white dishdasha scarecrows around Oman but this was the first scarecrow I’ve seen made out of ladies clothing!

Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers as you walk around and explore Oman (or anywhere else you may be for that matter!)  :-)

Just one quick example of the beauty of the entire region around Nizwa!

This is just one picture I took of the small town of Al Hamra which is located about 40 kms from Nizwa.  You have to drive through Al Hamra to get to the more impressive Misfat Al Abriyeen.  Al Hamra is an enchanting village and well worth a visit on its own (sometime in the future, God willing!)!

Not the best shot but I wanted you to see the winding road that leads up the mountain to Misfat Al Abriyeen from Al Hamra.  It may not look like much but it’s quite a ride up that road with plenty of twists and turns!

This is looking down on Al Hamra from one of the first rest areas on the ride up to Misfat.

Such are the sights you are treated with at the top!

Rogan Fort is one of the famous landmarks of Misfat Al Abriyeen.

Falaj al Misfat is a source of life to the banana, citrus fruit and palm trees that make up the well maintained agricultural terraces.  To learn more about Misfat Al Abriyeen and its falaj, click here to read this interesting article from Oman Observer titled, “Misfat Al Abriyeen: The Secret of Jabal Shams”. 

This is a pic of the main tourist information center at Misfat.  Great maps and info provided by the Ministry of Tourism!

My friend and travel companion on this trip, Devin, giving you a fine example of how picturesque the village of Misfat can be!

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14 responses to “Misfat Al Abriyeen

  1. I love this place! Do you know there’s a cute bed and breakfast at Misfat?

    • I DO know there’s a cute bed and breakfast at Misfat…from your blog!!! I did a google search for “Misfat” and your blog is a big hit for that term! Keep them coming! :-) It really is a fantastic place.

  2. Catbirdinkorea: Isn’t the Al Abri B&B aka Safil House (not to be confused with Al Hamra’s museum Beit Safa) so unique?

    Andy: YOu have to go here chasing the sun just after the rain. Soooooo nice.I saw an Eid here once too. Famous for their local music and dances with swords those days. Locals hate the traffic jams from tourists though on Eids lol. Let us know if you are going again. We can show you Safa and inside the Misfah Sabla ect. MOP knows alot of people from here :)

    • Princess,
      Yes, I did read that Misfat (as well as Fanja) is a great place for Eid! Hey, I really appreciate the invite for you and MOP to show me around. I really hope we can indeed meet up sometime! If you guys are going to be around for the summer (and don’t mind the heat!) that’s probably the best time for me. Thanks for all your great insights and offers of help! :-)

  3. You offered to help me before you knew me at all—to drive my friend C to church since I didn’t know where it was?

    Thanks for that too much!

    Summer is great. Misfah is nice in the summer, though Al Hamra is hoooooot. Dal Khail is also nearby. They have some ruins ect. And tanuf is close. So MUCH there.

  4. Very informative…i visited this place before, but our friend sort of got lost. And so we ended up looking for her like almost 2 hours. only to find out that she joined another group of tourist… really wish i could go back to this place and enjoy the magnificent view and all…

    • Richard,
      Have you left Oman? I noticed your interesting blog “Photowalks in Sohar” by clicking on your name. Interesting! But you haven’t written on there since Nov of 2012. All the best to you!

  5. marmotte voyageuse

    Hi! we saught refuge from the rain in wonderful Misfat Al Abriyeen bed & breakfast in Nov 2011. we’re heading back to Oman this year and would like to stay there again, but reserving this time ’round. unfortunately, impossible to find the phone number (or better: mail) to reserve…
    Who could help us out please? Ta!

    • Ah! I’ve heard good things about Misfat Al Abriyeen Bed & Breakfast! I think the ladies over at http://howtolivelikeanomaniprincess.blogspot.com/ would have that info for you! Best of luck!

    • Thanks for the nice write up about Misfah

      My name is Ahmed Al Abri the owner of ( Misfah Old House ), Yes there is Misfah B&B, I have 2 houses with total 12 rooms with 8 sharing batromms, we over Omani food comes from locals also we arrange guided tours with local guides.

      Booking email is : bandbmisfah@gmail.com
      Phone : + 968 92800120

      I am also looking for some profcinal writer to invite him to come and write about the house and Misfah for my new website http://www.misffah.com if you can or know any one else, will offer him 2 nights free stay with dinners and breakfast and tour and will be great if he can get me nice high resulotion pictures

      Regards
      Ahmed

  6. Dear Andy,

    Thanks for the nice write up about Misfah :)

    My name is Ahmed Al Abri the owner of ( Misfah Old House ), Yes there is Misfah B&B, I have 2 houses with total 12 rooms with 8 sharing batromms, we over Omani food comes from locals also we arrange guided tours with local guides.

    Booking email is : bandbmisfah@gmail.com
    Phone : + 968 92800120

    I am also looking for some profcinal writer to invite him to come and write about the house and Misfah for my new website http://www.misffah.com if you can or know any one else, will offer him 2 nights free stay with dinners and breakfast and tour and will be great if he can get me nice high resulotion pictures

    Regards
    Ahmed

    • Dr. Mr. Ahmed,
      Thanks for getting in touch. I have a friend who’s interested in going to Misfah to take some high resolution pics for you and to stay in your B&B. He should be in touch with you very soon through email. Thanks for this great offer! Kind regards! :-)

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