Misfat Al Abriyeen Oman, and its famous Guesthouse Misfah Old House, have become a great stop when touring the Sultanate. It is considered one of the most beautiful villages in the country. It offers a relaxing break from towns and is a great place for those who love hiking.
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About Misfat Al Abriyeen Oman
Misfat Al Abriyeen has become attractive destination for tourists touring Oman due to the agricultural terraces, beautiful wadi, hiking options and old houses.
As Oman Tourism describes it: The homes of its inhabitants are at the top of the mountain and their farms are on the slope.
The village rises around 1000 meters above sea level and is named after the original inhabitants, the Al Abri family.
Many more photos after the practical information.
Note: the village's name has many different spelling: Misfat al Abriyeen, Misfat Al abriyeen, Misfah al Abriyeen... They all mean the same village.
PLANNING TIPS - Misfat Al Abriyeen village
Map to Misfat Al Abriyeen - Location
- Not far from Al Hamra, the village is well indicated.
- Al Hamra is a 2 hour drive from Muscat and
- Nizwa to Misfat Al Abriyeen = 40 min drive
- Below is a map to help you locate the village:
GPS coordinates, easy-to-plan maps and practical info in the eBook:
Be overwhelmed by the beauty, not the planning!
Visiting Misfat Al Abriyeen
- Book accommodation in advance. The village is small. The main guest house is Misfah Old House which you can find on all the booking platforms. See my description at the end of this post. Check out availability and book
- Or visit during the day
- Do not enter with your car! Park on the parking at the entrance
- Don't take a large luggage, the village is only made of old paths and stairs
- See the entrance sign below: Cover yourself, arms and legs. And always ask before taking photos of local people
Misfat Al Abriyeen - rules
At the entrance of the village, you can read the rules on behaving in the village so as to be respectful of the locals.
- Do not enter private property
- Cover your upper arms and knees
- Greet people
- Accept hospitality
View of Misfat Al Abriyeen and plantations
I recommend a first stop in Modern Misfah. From the road above, you have a nice view of the old village lost in the plantations.
Hiking at Misfat Al Abriyeen - Map
At the entrance of the village there is is a map o the village, the points of interests and the walking trails.
The hiking trails are all indicated with painted flags orange, white, red:
- W9 through the historic part to the beginning of the falaj (main entrance, old alleys, pool, staircase, mosque, viewpoint for the star towers)
- W9a, the staircase walk - be careful steep and narrow staircase
- W9c, the garden and wadi walk
You can also hike up to the fort or complete loger hike joining other wadis.
Walking the Al Misfah mud village and hiking the wadi
I had only a couple of hours before sunset so I decided to do W9.
I first explored the alleys of the village. The place is so peaceful. I was lucky that almost no tourists were there at the same time as me. It was like traveling through time.
Then I started getting down and following the falaj system (irrigation)
There are various plantations. Many grow bananas.
Hiking along the wadi
I continued on the path along the wadi. The Falaj spreads through the slopes of the valley to reach all terraces.
Here are the ruins of a tower of the Rogan castle I think:
Further in the wadi
The path continued so I decided to walk a bit further. I think W9 is a longer trail between wadis and you can do a small portion in the village.
I crossed path with sheep which were on the path getting back to the village. We all stopped and looked at each others. They did not know what to do. I moved forward and they turned around but stayed on the path. I walked further and they finally scattered except for their leader. After a while it also moved to the side and I was able to pass them.
I then turned around and saw all of them back on the path and following their leader back to the village. What a strange encounter!
I walked all the way to some large rocks before deciding to turn around in order to be back before sunset.
Hiking back to the village of Misfat Al Abriyeen
I really enjoyed my walk back with some great views of the mountains. Have a look!
Here is a panoramic shot of the wadi
The views were incredible wihth the sun getting down and the strange looking mountains at the back.
I arrived back at the guesthouse just in time for sunset
Guesthouse: Misfah Old House
If you are wandering where to stay in Misfat Al Abriyeen, the main guesthouse is Misfah Old House. I recommend staying there and enjoy the peace and quiet of the village.
I was lucky we were only 2 guests that night when all the other nights had been full. This way one of the owners sat with us for diner and told us old stories from the valley. What a great night!
The Misfah old house has rooms in several buildings with shared commodities. My room was in the main one next to the breakfast terrace. The inside is simple but sufficient. It is a great place to sleep has the area is very quiet. I liked the windows surrounded by trees.
(note: I paid entirely for my stay)
The Misfah old house has a great terrace for dinners on the roof and a more cosy one for breakfast. In the evening I came back from my hike and enjoyed sunset from the roof.
They have a little Internet in the evening from 7PM. But you don't come here to be connected...
The food at the Misfah Old House was excellent: Soup, fish, vegetables, hummus and a really good cake. One of the best meals I had in Oman. One of the owner told us his mother had cooked it and he even phoned her to confirm for another guest what fish it was. And of course no alcohol allowed.
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