Oman: Forts and castles

Explore Oman’s magnificent military heritage…

The dozens of forts and castles located across the Sultanate all offer a glimpse into the people of Oman’s glorious past, and their architectural and engineering knowledge. Many are located around Muscat itself or a short drive outside of the capital.

Nizwa Fort, Nakhal Fort, Jabreen Castle, Rustaq Fort, Muttrah Fort and Khasab Castle in Musandam are some of the spectacular favourites, but there are many more – including Bahla Fort, which in 1987 was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While you marvel at the significance of Oman’s design heritage at each fort, you can let your children wander off to become little princess and princesses for the day as they explore the regal settings that are made up of traditional Majlis meeting halls, lookout turrets, giant wooden doors under Arabesque-style archways, bronze cannons, secret passageways and dark dungeons.

Online Info: Go to to find out more about Oman’s many forts and castles. Some sites are being renovated so it’s best to check opening times before your visit.

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