If you are looking for something to do this weekend then I would highly recommend the new refurbished Nakhal Fort. It has been rejuvenated both inside and out inkeeping with the traditional features and maintaining the Omani heritage.
Located 120km from Muscat in the town of Nakhal it is easy to reach and a nice trip for all the family, well the ones that can climb stairs anyway. I stopped in to visit the fort on my way back from Wadi Abyad. It was very FORT-unate that I was close by..
Built on top of an irregular rock it gives the fort height above all the surrounding landscape making it the perfect vantage point for oncoming intruders.
Of course it’s a fort built on a rock from hundreds of years ago – expect plenty stairs as you head off to explore what is inside. Your quads will be getting a good work out!
Located around the perimeter walls are Portuguese canons from years gone by. You can pick up the canon ball to feel the huge weight of it.
Peering through the wall.
The several different rooms are historically decorated with guns, cooking wears, trinkets and colourful cushions making it more interesting and hands on than many forts around. (This is very trusting and wouldn’t happen in the UK without someone stealing something as a souvenir to take home..)
One of the very interesting rooms to explore is the jail area but I’ll leave you to find that one on your own.
Reaching the top after all those stairs you can get a fabulous view of the land around.
Previously I had heard that the entry fee is 500 baisa. We didn’t pay anything to enter, nor did we see anywhere to pay so we strolled right in. The only thing that let it down was that there were no information points of pamphlets dotted around regarding the history of the place, we just had to use our imaginations and Google when we got home..
The word on the street is that there is a goat auction there every Friday morning. That might be something worth checking out with the kids….get it?!….ha ha.
This is definitely the grandest and most impressive fort I’ve found so far, better than Nizwa, so I’m sure I’ll see it again soon with my stream of winter visitors.
How to get to Nakhal Fort;
Leaving Muscat city on the highway to Dubai, once you are at Barka take the turn off for Road 13 to Nakhal, After 30kms of pretty straight boring road you will reach the town. Follow the road through the town and take a left at the large roundabout (currently covered in fake grass). The fort is at the end of this road on the right. You can’t miss it.
GPS coordinates; N23.23’41” E57.49’46”