Misfat Al Abriyeen
Misfat Al Abriyeen is a unique mountain village situated 1,000 m above sea level on the foothills of mountains surrounding Wilayat Al Hamra in Al Dhakhiliya Governorate. The village got its name from the Al Abri tribe, who originally migrated from Misfat al Abriyeen and Al Hamra.
Misfat Al Abriyeen has become a unique attractive tourist destination in Oman in the recent years due to the various features that make it a wonderful experience for any visitor. The village contains amazing agricultural terraces, beautiful alleys, and old village houses built on top of the solid rocks.
The combination of these structure gives a dramatic image from the viewing platform to the visitor to Misfat al Abriyeen which is a brisk walk from the entrance to the village. Near the viewing platform, a map of the historical part of Misfat al Abriyeen is posted along with information, points of interests and tips for tourists coming to this place.
The old houses in Misfat al Abriyeen are traditional houses made with mud and palm leaves roofs. They are unique in the structure and are built on solid rock foundations, which provides security during the olden times.
Most of the villagers of Misfat al Abriyeen found their livelihood from
the agricultural terraces. The main crops which are produced from these agricultural terraces includes bananas, pomegranates, papayas, mangoes, citrus trees and palm trees. These terraces along the mountain slopes are irrigated through an intricate falaj system. The falaj system runs the water through channels that has been carved through the hard rocks of the mountain, and source is starting from a mountain spring source that can be reached by following the track along the falaj.
There is another trekking track available on the opposite side of the village which passes through more agricultural terrace. It leads you to a steep stairwell downhill through more gardens and plantations, and then back up to the top. Walking along those tracks make you realize why the village is called as “mountain oasis”. The gardens and farms in the track with water supplies are really an oasis in the mountain.
I recommend you to go there in the early morning or after 3 pm because it is the best time for trekking. Otherwise you will be directly exposed to the sun and fell tired easily. The trekking tracks are marked by the familiar yellow, green and red flags that marks most hiking tracks in Oman. Stick with these marks so that you don’t wander away into private properties.
Places To Stay
There is a bed and breakfast place in the village called “Misfah Old House”. It provides a good option for visitors to stay overnight and continue exploring the other attractions around Al Hamra, such as Al Hoota cave, Wadi Ghul or Jabal Shams. Otherwise, you can go to the largest nearby city – Nizwa, or you can stay at one of the accommodation places available in Jebal Shams.
How To Get There
Misfat al Abriyeen is approximately 6 kilometers from Al Hamra through an uphill zig zagged road, which is paved all way to the village entrance. Al Hamra is about 225 kms from Muscat, and it can be reached by following the Muscat-Nizwa road and continuing all the way to Bahla, from there follow the road signs to Al Hamra village.
We really like Misfat Al Abriyeen, and it is one of the places not to avoid when you are visiting Oman because of the beautiful views and lovely atmosphere! The location of the village makes it easy to visit and is very near to Al Hamra. It is a short deviation away from the main road leading to Jebal Shams, and it is close to Nizwa city and the other tourist attractions in Al Dakhiliyah region!
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