Birkat Al Mawz, Oman is one of the most famous villages in ruins in the Sultanate. With the 2 sets of ruins, a large banana plantation and the scenic surroundings, the site is also home to the old Falaj irrigation system listed as Unesco World heritage. Sometimes written Birkat al Mauz or Birkat al Mouz, I recommend this stop on your way to the mountains of Jebel Akhdar.
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Aerial view of Birkat Al Mawz Oman
Birkat Al Mawz is a traditional village in the Nizwa region. Located on the way to Jebel Akhdar, it is an enchanting stop that will transport you back in time. you can find the ruins of the Tribes that lived in those mountains surrounded by plantations.
It is home to the traditional falaj irrigation system which is on the Unesco World heritage list.
Here is a screenshot from Google Earth. You can see the trees of the oasis and the 2 old villages. Behind are mountains. I visited the bigger ones (red point) with views towards the other village.
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Visiting Birkat Al Mawz
- Take the time to walk through the plantation. Especially on a hot day, the shade is really enjoyable
- Both ruins of villages are free to access. However be careful as those are not maintained. When looking at the mountain, the ruins on the left are easier to access.
- In the bigger village you can climb in old houses to admire the views. However be careful and stick to walking on the foundations. Do not venture in the middle areas...
- There are not parking, so find a place where you do not block the circulation (the roads are narrow)
- I recommend staying in Nizwa - check out the accommodation options
The banana plantations at Birkat Al Mawz Oman
Coming from Izki you cannot miss the plantation on your right. Turn and explore the area. The shade is quite enjoyable on a hot day. We met a local who recommended we took a road right in the middle and she was right, it was beautiful.
The name of the village translate to Banana pool. Not many banana trees spotted inside but a lot of palm trees as in every valley in Oman.
Walking in the ruins of Birkat Al Mauz
2 tribes had established their villages. Are the ruins of both villages are still standing. I visited the bigger one. I love how those have not been touched. Locals just built around. So when you walk through the small alleys, ti feels like traveling back in time.
One of the houses still has some painted wood in one of the room. It is a traditional Omani decor.
Traditional Aflaj irrigation system
It is home to the traditional Afalj / Falaj irrigation system which is on the Unesco World heritage list.
This Irrigation System from Oman is made of ancient water channels from 500 AD. .They are examples a system that dates back 5000 years.
"Aflaj" is the plural of "Falaj". It means "split into parts" as it divides, via gravity and channels, the water among all the inhabitants.
The views from Birkat Al Mouz
As I love a good landscape, my favorite part was climbing one of those stairs and walking on the wall of on of those houses. The views of the mountains and the plantations were inspiring. As you can see below, from there you can see the ruins of the other tribe from Birkat Al Mawz. I wonder how they were getting along...
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