Top 12 Things To Do In Sur, Oman

Things to do in Sur

The city of Sur is located on the eastern tip of Oman and is one of its oldest cities. It is notable for the ancient watchtowers that once guarded the courtyard against invaders during ancient times. There is also a shipyard here where huge wooden vessels were built. These masted boats were called dhow, and they traversed the Indian Ocean, conducting business with ports as far as parts of Southeast Asia. This is the oldest port in the area, and during the 18th and 19th centuries, more than 150 seagoing vessels docked here every day. With its busy bazaars, lovely beaches, valleys, and ancient monuments, a visit to this city will bring you back in time. Here is a list of some interesting things to do in Sur, Oman.

1. See the process of shipbuilding

Sur Maritime Museum image: ONA #Oman #maritime #museum

Posted by Oman Pocket Guide on Saturday, 3 May 2014

Visit the Sur Maritime Museum, which showcases the history and heritage of Oman and the role that it played in the maritime industry during ancient times. At the entrance of this museum, one can see the emblem of a large trading dhow or sea vessel. The middle part displays the different kinds of ships that were made in Oman, while the last section contains images of famous ship makers, seafarers, and the places where the ships docked. Visitors can also see depictions of the famous landmarks and monuments in Sur, including the area where horse racing used to be held, some markets, castles, mosques, and fortresses.

Sur Maritime Museum

Address: Al Qanjah Boat Yard, Sur, Oman

2. Visit an Omani-style castle

Ras al Hadd Fort and Castle. By : Georgina Benison

Posted by Oman Visitors Portal on Saturday, 26 April 2014

This 200-year old classic Omani-style castle in Ras Al Hadd served as a fortress to defend the village from attacking tribes. It has two towers from which guards can see approaching enemies. There are openings in the tower where soldiers from the village can hold a strategic position to prevent their enemies from entering. The towers also have storage places for ammunition, and a water well. Although they have been restored, the important features remain the same.

Ras Al Hadd Castle

Address: Sur, Oman

Opening hours: Sat - Thu: 8am - 4pm; Fri: 8am - 11am

3. Enjoy a magnificent view of Sur from a fortress

Sur is a port city on Oman’s eastern tip. Its shipyards, which still produce traditional wooden vessels, played a...

Posted by Steve Leadbeatter on Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Sunaysilah Fort is an imposing presence in Sur. Guarding the city against potential invaders, the fort has four watchtowers from which approaching enemies can easily be spotted. Some rooms in this 300-year old fortress contain objects that call to mind the glorious past of Sur. There are antique potteries, colorful carpets, and stands for the Quran. Since the fort stands on a hill, it offers a magnificent view of the city.

Sunaysilah Fort

Address: Highway 23, Sur, Oman

4. Observe green turtles in their habitat

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Posted by ‎Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve محمية رأس الجنز للسلاحف‎ on Thursday, 4 February 2016

See for yourself the endangered green turtles at Ras Al Jinz Reserve in Sur, Oman. Scientifically known as the Chelonia mydas, these turtles are known for digging holes on the beach, which they make their home and nesting place. You can watch newly hatched baby turtles moving toward the sea. It is like watching a baby taking its first, tentative steps. The reserve itself is a beautiful place with a lovely landscape. You will not only see these giant turtles, but you’ll also be in one of the loveliest spots on earth.

Ras Al Jinz Reserve

Address: Ras Al Jinz، Sur, Oman

Website: Ras Al Jinz Reserve

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

5. Admire the detailed carvings on wooden doors

Mirbat has a number of old merchant houses, built in traditional Yemeni-style mud brick with hand-carved doors and...

Posted by Dimitris Balatsouras on Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Walk around Al Ayjah, one of the oldest areas in Sur, where you can find opulent houses of rich traders. Some of these homes are three to four stories high. What is eye-catching about these structures are the carvings on the wooden doors, which are some of the finest in Oman. Some have detailed depictions of flowers, trees, or human faces, all done intricately by a highly skilled woodcarver.

6. See the lighthouse in Al Ayjah

Lighthouse in Ayjah

Posted by Dreams of Oman on Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Visit the lighthouse in Al Ayjah, a structure that is three stories high and stands proudly against the Sur coastline. This building was also once used as a watchtower to protect the town against marauders. It was later converted into a lighthouse to guide the dhows into the Sur lagoon. It has windows that look like that of a fortress, a wooden door with stunning detailed carvings, and a domed roof. With its unique architectural design and panoramic surroundings, it has become a favorite subject for photographers visiting the area since the scenery changes with the tide. During high tide, the lighthouse is surrounded by water. At low tide, the lower portion is surrounded by a sandy shore. From the lighthouse, one can have access to a breathtaking view of the sea.

Al Ayjah Lighthouse

Address: Sur, Oman

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

7. Stroll along Corniche to get picturesque views and meet locals

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Posted by Tour of Oman on Monday, 24 February 2014

Take a stroll along Corniche and enjoy the salty air and the sea view. Carved along the cliff that faces the Arabian sea, this area is ideal for strolling. You can see children playing and having fun on the beach, while some locals sit idly by and watch the blue waters while listening to the waves lapping on the shore. Feel the cool breeze as you take in the beauty of your surroundings.

8. Explore the dhow yard to see a traditional boat

The Omanis are considered one of the best shipwright nations in the world, famous for the traditional wooden boat: the...

Posted by ITB Berlin on Friday, 20 September 2019

If you are in Sur, make sure to visit the dhow yard where shipbuilders still make this traditional kind of boat the way they were built hundreds of years ago. What is unique about a dhow is that all parts are joined by a rope rigging. The builders do not use modern tools and nails, and blueprints are not necessary as these experts have the plan of the vessel in their heads. The rich and famous go to Sur for a made-to-order dhow which they use to sail for recreation. Get a chance to have a close look at the Fatah al-Khair, once a famous fishing vessel that plied the sea for fish. It is now displayed in an open museum close to the shipyard.

Dhow Factory

Address: Sur, Oman

Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)

9. Have fun climbing the ramparts of the Bilad Sur Castle

BILAD SUR CASTLE The Bilad Sur Castle is a majestic fortress that stands proudly on the Bilad Sur Plain. The castle...

Posted by Plus 968 City Guide on Monday, 21 September 2015

Climb the ramparts and have fun at the Bilad Sur Castle, which is already 200 years old. Built to safeguard the town from attacking enemies, the castle has a rampart that offers an excellent view of the surrounding areas so that approaching enemies can be spotted from afar. Today, visitors can climb the ramparts and enjoy the spectacular view. Inside the castle is a museum where guests can see the exhibits that show the history of the area.

Bilad Sur Castle

Address: Sur, Oman

Opening hours: Sat - Thu: 8am - 4pm; Fri: 8am - 11am

10. Tour the Ras Al Hadd Sur village

Ras al Hadd is a village in Ash Sharqiyah district … do you know what it is famous for? Photo Credit: Bharani Mehta #BeautyHasAnAddress #ExperienceOman #Oman

Posted by Experience Oman on Saturday, 22 October 2016

The village of Ras Al Hadd stands in a headland with the Indian Ocean. Located at the entrance of the Gulf of Oman, it serves as an outpost for the sultanate. The beautiful surroundings and the peace and quiet in the village can make one feel isolated from the rest of the world. With its beautiful beaches and resorts, and a green turtle reserve, touring this village will be a rewarding experience.

11. Treat your taste buds at a local cafe

Posted by Vincent Tupig on Saturday, 18 August 2018

Be energized before going on a tour of the city by starting your day with a hearty breakfast featuring Middle eastern dishes at Mersal Cafe & Lounge. Feast on soft cheeses, a bean dish, and sweetened tea boiled with milk and spices. Traditional dishes are given a twist of something new and titillating to the palate. Ordering an array of hot and cold mezze dishes or appetizers is one way of enjoying a meal with family and friends. Try the char-grilled and seasoned barbecue or their sandwiches. With its excellent food and vibrant ambiance, this is a rising star among the restaurants in Sur.

Mersal Cafe & Lounge

Address: Sur, Oman

Website: Mersal Cafe & Lounge

Opening hours: 10am - 11pm (daily)

12. Shop for rare fragrances

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Posted by Oummou Mou'awiyya on Saturday, 1 February 2014

Make the most of your stay at Sur by shopping for some unique fragrances at Al Haramain Perfumes. Strategically located in a souq for ladies, these bottles are so beautiful that one cannot help but be drawn to them. Once you have opened and sampled one, your senses will be assailed by the unique scent. There is always one that will suit your tastes. Perfumes are also great gifts as most people will be delighted to receive them.

Al Haramain Perfumes

Address: Souq Al Aam, near Bank Dhofar, Sur Souq, Sur, Oman

Website: Al Harmain Perfumes

Discover Sur, the bastion of Oman

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Sur is considered as the bastion of Oman, with its castles and fortresses built to protect the town from enemies. From the rampart of the castle, anyone approaching or spying on the town can be easily seen. Sur is also home to the renowned builders of dhows, wooden vessels with two masts that once sailed the ocean. The coastline has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, one of which serves as a home to the endangered species of the green turtle. Today, Sur boasts a center teeming with restaurants, shops, and entertainment. With all these things to do, the city finds itself in the itineraries of many tourists that have come to enjoy the grandeur of the sultanate.

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