Head beyond the city limits and discover adventure in Sharjah
If you haven’t yet discovered the outdoor allure of Sharjah, there’s no better time than the present. Away from the hubbub of the city, Mleiha is home to the famous Fossil Rock. Here, you’ll find fascinating archaeological sites, from Bronze Age tombs to ruined pre-Islamic forts. Mleiha Archaeological Centre is the base for a wealth of activities, such as tours to the Valley of Caves. Next, you can embark on a FatBoy bicycle desert excursion. It’ll combine top archaeological sites with awesome nature-spotting experiences you can’t find anywhere else.
Closer to the centre of Sharjah, a much loved spot to check out is Al Khan Beach. The emirate’s original seaside destination, it’s home to endless kilometres of unspoilt beachfront. There’s a wide range of watersports on offer, such as leisurely paddle boarding and kitesurfing. If you prefer to keep two feet on the sand, rope friends into a game of beach volleyball.
On the East coast of Sharjah, the picturesque town of Khorfakkan is another popular location for families. Spend the day in the bay or make a weekend of it by camping under the stars. There’s a lot to see and do, with kids’ play areas, watersports and a dive centre to keep you busy. And with the photogenic Hajar Mountains a dramatic backdrop, you can snap some memories for the family album.
Lastly, swap sea and sand for hiking trails and mountain drives at the small coastal town of Kalba, which is bordered by a vast expanse of protected mangrove forest. Learn about the rare birds that inhabit these wetlands at the Kalba Bird of Prey Centre. Watch them in their natural habitat on a kayaking tour, or spot an Arabian leopard at Al Hefaiyeh Mountain Conservation Centre. Kids will love playing king of the castle at historic Kalba Fort. Likewise, parents will appreciate its traditional Emirati architecture and Islamic collectibles.
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