Narrow, steeply winding road takes us up the Al Hajar mountains, in front of us the mountains rise high up towards the sky, behind us the valley spreads out flat. The land is extremely rugged – only rocks and an occasional bush or two rises up from the ground. Soon, we are greeted with signs – Welcome to Misfat Al Abriyeen, please park your car here.
We park our car on the little parking lot and continue by foot. Soon, we are greeted by a view we would not have easily imagined to be finding here. Here, a thousand meters above the sea level is a small village that boasts beautiful agricultural terraces, old mud houses that are over 300 hundred years old and beautiful alleys. There are little houses surrounded by hundreds of palm trees and lush vegetation. It truly is a wonderful sight high up in the mountains.
The village is filled with small paths that take you around the area. The paths are aligned with palm trees and the watering system. The sound or running water, lush green vegetation, well preserved houses and the mountains rising high above right next to this all really make up a wonderful place. Walking along the paths you might be surrounded by dozens of palmtrees and a few small mud houses and a minute later, you might end up looking across a canyon, surrounded with only rocks, ruins and rugged land.
Although the village is very small, the numerous different alleys will make sure you can easily spend a few hours here, just wandering around. The paths are small and narrow, often rather easy to walk along, but sometimes they take you up the hill and strong knees and good balance is needed. As the village is located high up in the mountains, the air is a bit cooler than in the bigger cities, but still, when walking in the direct sun, it can get pretty hot when walking along the paths.
There are only a handful of other people around and basically no cars. Walking around the village, the only sounds you hear are from the running water and the trees. It is absolutely wonderful here, so peaceful and serene, it feels like the whole village is just like a little oasis up in the mountains. Here you surely can be in peace and undisturbed, surrounded by beautiful nature.
I must say I’m not completely sure why we ended up heading to Misfat Al Abriyeen. The village does not sound that exciting, nor does any photo make justice to it. But I can assure you, even if it is not a place where you’d spend several hours, it still is very much worth the little detour if you are around. It is hard to describe, you have to experience it yourself to understand the beauty of the place.