One of the biggest attractions is Sohar Castle, which sits proudly above the city and was built in the 13th and 14th centuries by the ‘Emirs of Hormuz’. The Portuguese used the castle as one of their main fortifications during their occupation of the region, but today it houses a museum that charts the history of the city. You’ll also find a 10km tunnel that was supposed to be used as an escape route if the fort ever came under siege, and the tomb of one of the 19th century’s rulers, Sayyid Thuwaini bin Sultan al Busiad.
Sohar has always had a strong connection to the sea, and one of its most famous sons was the sailor Ahmed bin Majid. Today, the seafront at Sohar is pretty and well-kept, making it a popular place to take a lazy stroll during the afternoon, especially given the cooling sea breeze. It is also the city’s main development area, with glittering 5-star hotels and huge shopping malls.
Next to Sohar’s beautiful beach (an unexpected pleasure in the heart of such a busy city), is the Municipal park. This elegant park also has a serious ecological side, as its habitat is home to the Minotaur beetle, the largest in Arabia.