Sur, Oman: Exploring Arabia’s Ancient Seaport

Nestled on the Arabian Sea coast near the eastern tip of Oman is the charming city of Sur. With its stunning coastline, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality, Sur, Oman is a glorious destination that boasts adventure and intrigue.

From marveling at the intricate beauty of traditional Omani architecture to indulging in the delicious local cuisine, the city offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern amenities. Whether it’s relaxing on the pristine beaches, visiting its iconic castle and lighthouses, or venturing out into the desert landscape, Sur has something to offer for everyone.

Aerial view of Sur, Oman | David's Been Here

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey along Oman’s gorgeous and pristine coast. My guides at Oman Travel and I are taking you on an unforgettable trip to Sur and highlighting must-visit attractions and experiences you cannot miss. Get ready to discover the magic of Sur, Oman!

The History of Sur, Oman

Sur, Oman boasts a rich history dating back to the 6th century. It was an important center for maritime trade and shipbuilding, with its famous dhow ships being used for trade across the Indian Ocean. In fact, Sur was an essential center for trade with East Africa. The dhows manufactured in the city traveled as far as China and were even used for pearl fishing.

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Visiting a dhow shipyard on the Omani coast | David's Been Here

Sur was also a center for producing frankincense, which the city traded throughout the ancient world. The city has seen many battles and changes in power over the centuries, with various rulers including the Persians, the Portuguese, and the Ottomans.

The gorgeous coastal city of Sur, Oman | David's Been Here

Today, Sur is a bustling city with a mix of old and new, known for its beautiful beaches and traditional architecture. I had the pleasure of exploring the city with my guides at Oman Travel back in 2022. I fell in love with it and can’t wait to share it with you. These are the top things to do in Sur, Oman!

Enjoy Omani Seafood at Al Hawash Restaurant

As a seaport on the Arabian Sea, Sur is one of the best places in Oman to enjoy seafood. Among the city’s best seafood eateries is Al Hawash Restaurant, which looks like a beautiful traditional Omani house.

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Seafood feast at Al Hawash Restaurant | David's Been Here

I highly recommend visiting the restaurant with a group of friends and ordering several items from the menu. Their succulent lobster stuffed with cheese is a winner, but it’s a bit spicy! I also recommend their fantastic kingfish, fried calamari, mussels, grouper, and veg biryani. You can’t go wrong with any of them!

See the famous Dhow boats of Sur, Oman

Sur, Oman is famous for its prominent shipbuilding industry, and the city’s dhow boats are a significant part of the country’s maritime history. Sur is one of the best places to experience these traditional boats.

The famous dhow boats in Sur, Oman | David's Been Here

The dhow boats built in Sur are made using traditional techniques and have been used for fishing, transportation, and trading for centuries. These boats, made from teak wood, are hardy and durable as well as beautiful. Visitors can see these magnificent boats at local seaports and even take a ride on them to enjoy a unique Omani maritime experience!

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Explore Bilad Sur Castle

Continuing the historical tour of Sur, Oman I highly recommend visiting Bilad Sur Castle. This historical landmark dates back to the 19th century and served as a residence for a local governor. Today, the castle is a museum that showcases the traditional lifestyle of the people of Sur.

Bilhad Sur Castle in Sur, Oman | David's Been Here

The museum features exhibits on Omani architecture, traditional crafts, and the city’s expansive history. Visitors can explore the castle’s various rooms, including the reception hall, kitchens, and bedrooms. The castle’s strategic location on the coast also offers stunning views of the sea and the surrounding landscape.

Visit Hawiyat Najm Sinkhole Park

Hawiyat Najm Sinkhole Park is one of the most popular natural attractions in Sur, Oman. This geological wonder formed thousands of years ago due to the collapse of an underground limestone cave.

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Hawiyat Najm Sinkhole Park | David's Been Here

The sinkhole is approximately 30 meters deep and contains crystal clear turquoise water, which creates a breathtaking contrast with the surrounding beige limestone walls. Visitors can swim and snorkel in the sinkhole, and the park also boasts picnic areas and walking trails. It’s a great place for adventure-minded travelers to explore!

Visit Sur, Oman

Whether you take a trip to Sur, Oman to enjoy the beaches and surf, the incredible seafood, or its attractions and natural beauty, the city won’t disappoint. This diverse seaport has everything curious travelers could possibly want and so much more.

Enjoying the beautiful coastline in Sur, Oman | David's Been Here

Its locals are friendly and hospitable, and visitors can spend days diving into its rich history. Book a trip to Sur today to experience this phenomenal city for yourself!

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