Historical East Half Day
A panoramic tour through the most important historical locations of the Dhofari coast. A journey through the past and present culture of Dhofar and the Indian Ocean.
Salalah, Taqa, Khor Rori, Mirbat.
What is Included?
4x4 air-conditioned vehicle with specialized driver (safety seats for children available on request); guided visits at Taqa castle, Sumhurram archaeological site, Mirbat; all entrance tickets; English speaking guide (other languages available on request – supplement required); water.
We will drive along the coast to the village of Taqa, famous for the fishing and drying of sardines. Here we will enter the ancient house of the governor (musealized) and experience the interior of a traditional Omani home. We will visit the spectacular lagoon of Khor Rori and the archaeological site of Sumhurram (UNESCO site): a port built by the kingdom of Hadramout to control the spices trade on the Indian Ocean. We will reach the town of Mirbat, from where fishermen still sail on the traditional boats of the Indian Ocean: the dhow. We will visit old cemetery of Mirbat nestled among the rocks, the building that dominates the cemetery is an early example of medieval architecture. Here was buried Muhammad bin Ali bin Alawi, who lived in the 6th/12th century, known as the “sahib Mirbat”.
The route goes from Salalah, at the center of the Salalah Plain, to Mirbat, at the eastern corner, where the imposing Jabal Samhan meets the coast. Flanking the mountain and crossing many wadis carrying seasonal waters to the sea.