Indian restaurant. A lot of the locals know it but everyone knows where Nadi Sur is so just take a taxi there. Prices are low. about OMR 1-1.5 for a vegetarian dish with rice while anything with meat, depending on the type, runs from OMR 1.3-1.8. They also have "Chinese" food. Friendly staff, largely English speaking from Kerala, very non-intrusive. Male and family sections available.
If the "natour" (guardian) isn't there, just walk up to the fort itself and he'll see you, come sell you a ticket and then sit in the entrance hall while you look around the displays. It is possible to climb all four towers which offer great views of the town. Don't expect much in the way of history or signs.
Indian restaurant, with food about the same quality as Bawadi but slightly more expensive. They also have "Chinese" food. The ambiance is extremely noisy. Staff are friendly, and a couple of them speak English. Many Omanis come here with their families, there is a family section in the back of the restaurant.
Primarily Indian food, but also Chinese. Probably the best food in town, it's classy (for Sur). Prices are high for Sur – for a vegetarian dish, expect OMR 2-3 while one with meat should be about OMR 2.5-4. Staff are friendly and helpful, and non-intrusive.
If you are an enthusiast of hand-made wooden boats and ships, this is definitely worth a visit. Several old dhows are on display, the largest of which is the Fatih Al-Khair, built in Sur 150 years ago and now beautifully restored.
Sur is where authentic dhows are still built in the traditional fashion. NOTE: the locals don't call them "dhows" but rather ''safeena'' (ship) or ''suh-fin'' (ships). If you say "dhow," they'll be perplexed.
Visitors may find the souq disappointing, as it is filled with everyday Chinese-made goods and Indian-made khangars (daggers).
Basic, with free wi-fi and breakfast, within walking distance of the souq and bus stop.
Built by the Portuguese and now fully restored, this building offers good views of Sur.
Runs daily buses to and from Muscat (4 hrs 15 min) along Highway 23 via Ibra.
Food is okay, not great and a touch more expensive than Spicy Village.
Sur's newest hotel, with restaurant next door.
Sur was founded in the 6th century CE as a trading port and has a long history of ship building, continuing to the present day. In addition to being an interesting destination in its own right, it makes a good base for day trips to Wadi Shab, Wadi Tiwi, and Ras al-Jinz.