The forts of Oman are undoubtedly one of the most important attractions of the sultanate. They are colossal constructions in unique spaces. The forts of Oman are usually surrounded by mountains next to large palm groves where despite the high temperatures the climate is cooler and water is not scarce. On our trip through Oman we passed several northern forts, but only two remained etched in our retinas. He nakha fortl and the bahla fort.
2 forts of Oman that we recommend
1 Nakhal Fort
Shortly before 5, the closing time of the fort, we arrived at Nakhal, a fort next to vertiginous mountains and an impressive palm grove. We saw him at sunset, with his best clothes and only thanks to the friendliness of the guard, since he was closing his doors.
Its state of conservation is excellent and although it dates from XIX century It seems much older than it is. The fort of Nakhal is located on a high with a beautiful palm grove behind it. From it you can see practically the entire valley, a view that impresses if you climb to the highest point, where the canyons are.
Inside the fort there are several decorated rooms as before and with an atmosphere that takes you to be in those years when the fort or castle was at its best. For us it is one of the Oman forts prettier and although we saw it in a little hurry, in less than an hour, we get the best out of it.
- Schedule: 9-17h
- Best time to see it: in the sunset
- Entry: 0.5 OMR
2 Bahla Fort
The last day we were in Jebel Shams dawned with a sandstorm that almost took us to the tent where we slept. Going down these mountains in the direction Nizwa We passed through the town of Bahla, where the impressive fort of the same name was.
We knew that Bahla was one of the most complete walled cities in the world, since it was several kilometers and more than 600 years old. Inside it was the Fort of Bahla, it is the most walled fort in Oman, something that has helped it to be a World Heritage Site since 1987.
We left the car at the back of the fort, where there was a small parking lot. Being January and low season we were the drummer, so we saw the fort almost alone.
When walking towards the entrance you could see from the outside dimensions, simply huge. Inside the visit is at your leisure. You can enter dozens of rooms or rooms. You can climb to the top and see the whole city. Inside the fort you can see the differences between classes. From the small houses at the entrance to the imposing rooms of the highest stays. It is worth getting lost in this labyrinthine complex, for us the fort par excellence of Oman.
- Schedule: 9-17h
- Entry: 0.5 OMR
Before leaving for Oman
- Search and compare flights to Oman at the best price
- Guide of Lonely Planet of Oman
- Car rental in Oman with 15% discount
- Oman Hotels through Booking
Rent a car in Oman
In Oman there are local rental companies and almost all international ones. The former do not differ much from the usual, so I recommend that you bet on the classics. Besides, make sure they give unlimited mileage, since the locals do not usually offer it. You can compare prices with Rentalcars, since it usually offers the best discounts (usually a 15% discount).
We leave the budgets they gave us for a Toyota Land Cruiser for 9 days.
- Nomadic Desert Camp. 420 OMR with limited mileage
- Speedyoman 400 OMR with limited mileage
- Arabiacars 320 OMR with limited kilometer
- Oman budget. 295 OMR with unlimited mileage. Our choice!.
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