Considered the "most beautiful village in Oman", Misfat Al Abriyeen is a great stop during the day or for an overnight stay.
Traditional mud houses, lots of stairs, mountains and plantation in terraces... A great place for a relaxing break.
Below is my guide to visiting Misfah Oman with tips, map, photos and the famous Guesthouse Misfah Old House.
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Why visit the village of Misfat Al Abriyeen in Oman?
Misfat Al Abriyeen is a stunning 500-year-old village on the slope of mountains.
It has become a destination for tourists as it is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Oman.
And it has, indeed, a lot of charm:
- Old houses of mud and palm frond roofs,
- Agricultural terraces still being used by locals,
- A beautiful wadi,
- Several hiking options,
- And the peace and quiet of being away from main cities.
Misfah facts & info
- The village rises around 1000 meters above sea level
- It is named after the original inhabitants, the Al Abri family.
- The village's name has different spellings: Misfat al Abriyeen, Misfat Al abriyeen, Misfah al Abriyeen, Misfah... They all mean the same village.
Many more photos after the practical information.
Planning tips & Map - Misfah, Oman
Map to Misfat Al Abriyeen - Location
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How to get to Misfah, Oman - do you need a 4WD?
- The road is paved all the way to the village
- It is steep but can be done in a normal car
- Carpark at the top of the village - not big
Need to rent a car in Oman?
- It can be visited during the day or for an overnight stay
- Do not enter with your car! Park on the parking at the entrance - streets are soooo narrow
- Don't take a large luggage, the village is only made of old paths and stairs
- Toilets at the top of the village
- Wear good shoes - again lots of stair and tracks
- It is at a higher elevation, bring warmer clothes
- See the entrance sign below: be respectful, cover yourself, arms and legs (men and women)
- And always ask before taking photos of local people!
- Now a few coffee shops have opened for the tourists.
Accommodations in Misfat Al Abriyeen
- Book accommodation in advance. The village is small.
- The famous guesthouse if the Misfah Guesthouses (details at end of the article) - see photos and availability
- But a few more have opened as the village became more famous - see options in the old village and in modern Misfah
Where to stay in Oman?
- Muscat - capital city - see best rated accommodations
- Nizwa - to explore the forts and hinterlands - see best rated accommodations
- Sur - for the turtles, beaches, wadis... - see best rated accommodations
- Wahiba Sands - for the experience of sleeping in the desert - see best rated accommodations
- Salalah - the explore the Southern lands - see best rated accommodations
- Khasab - to explore the Musandam Peninsula - see best rated accommodations
Misfat village 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:
Exploring the Misfat village
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.
Have a look at how the houses have been built with stones and mud.
Then I started getting down and following the falaj system (traditional irrigation):
There are various plantations. Many grow bananas.
Hiking at Misfat Al Abriyeen - Map
At the entrance of the village there is a map of 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 Rogan Castle / Rogan fort - steep and unmarked
- or complete longer hikes joining other wadis.
Hiking along the wadi - W9
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:
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 other. 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.
But if you keep walking, you can reach an oasis with some small pools.
I really enjoyed my walk back with some great views of the mountains.
The views were incredible with the sun getting down and the strange-looking mountains at the back.
Have a look!
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 dinner 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. 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.
Want to see more of Oman?
- Best things to do in Oman - read article
- Where to stay in Oman - read article
- Best days trips from Muscat - read article
- Planning a road trip in Oman - read article
- Renting a car and Driving in Oman - read article
- The impressive Wadi Shab - read article
- The Bimmah Sinkhole - read article
- The desert of Wahiba Sands - read article
- The Ras Al Jinz turtle reserves - read article
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