This week I took a road trip down the coast road to the ‘city’ of Sur.
Many parts of Oman are currently engulfed under the largest dust storm to hit in a decade, the air is thick and dusty and the sky is hazy. Thankfully as I left the city behind the cloud disappeared leaving blue skies for the road ahead. The sunglasses were on and the music turned up and off I went.
Sur is somewhere that I have never visited before, I’ve never actually made it further than Wadi Shab before, Not great for someone who write a blog with “adventures” in the title.
There was of course a reason why I would drive so far from Muscat city on my own – My friend Steph is currently living in Sur and whilst she normally drives up to Muscat to see me I decided that it was time to repay the favour. our plan was to see sights and visit somewhere new.
Sur is a charming little ‘city’ located around 2 hours drive from Muscat. The road is smooth, easy dual carriage way all the way there with beautiful views of staggering mountains, plenty of goats and the occasional donkey wandering onto the 120kmph carriageway. Yikes.
Get ready, this post is about to get a little bit photo heavy.
Lets start with Oman’s first suspension bridge…
Sur is a historic place well known for building wooden Dhows. Although we didn’t visit the ship building yards it wasn’t difficult to find Dhows dotted all around the coast line.
Of course Sur is not as big or grand as Muscat city it definitely still has the sweet Omani charm and quirky little features that are easy to fall in love with. I loved this isolated little beach café on the cornice.
After doing the tourist thing in town and a nosey round the forts and castle we headed out to Ras Al Had turtle beach resort for lunch. The drive was a further 30-45 minutes (yes I had a numb bum by now from all the car travel) from Sur but we amused ourselves by spotting camels in the distance. Seeing camels always gives you that real feeling of being in “Arabia”.
So, The food at the Turtle Beach resort wasn’t even worth a photo but I have to show you what a beautiful view we had for lunch.
Heading back towards Sur we spotted a tiger randomly painted on the rocks. Oh, Oman you never fail to amuse me!
We took a turn off the road at a place Steph assured me would be worth a visit. Of course I trusted her but as we headed past a worn, weather beaten building, piles of garbage and towards the edge of the cliff I honestly did have to question her sanity.
Was she going to drive us off the edge of the cliff?! Was there going to be a horrible ending to this story?!
Dum, Dum, Dummmmmmmmmmm…..
Thankfully for me it was all worth that stomach knotting moment. The view was spectacular. With the crystal clear waters lapping below, the fresh air blowing in from the ocean or just the pure beauty of the scene I don’t know but I was amazed.
(And still thankful that we didn’t drive right off the cliff..)
Lets just take a minute to fully appreciate just how gorgeous this water is…
All in all, Sur was a lovely place to visit on a day trip with plenty of beautiful sights and charm.
And once we were thoroughly tired tourists it was time for me to hop in the car and head back up to Muscat.
It’s a long ass drive home but I never tired of looking at the beautiful scenery that Oman has to offer. Plus there was no one to complain at my singing… la la laaaaa….
Have you been to Sur? I would love to hear from you.