No trip to Oman would be complete without a visit to the 13th century Al Rustaq Fort.
This is one of the largest and most well known forts in the country, and I think it’s also one of the most impressive looking.
The fort has 3 floors, complete with a weapons room, mosque, prison, and four 65 foot tall towers.
It’s well worth a climb to the top of the fort! You get an amazing view in all directions.
Hours & Fees
The fort is open Saturday to Thursday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Fridays from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
There’s an entry fee of 0.5 Omani Rials ($1.30 USD), but most tours seem to include this in the price.
How To Get To Rustaq Fort
The fort is in Rustaq, about 80 miles (130 km) from Muscat.
You can drive there yourself with a rental car, or there are prepackaged day tours to Rustaq from Muscat that include the castle as part of their itinerary.
Bring water! The walk up to the top of the fort can be extremely hot depending on the season.
Where I Stayed
I stayed at the 2-star Mutrah Hotel in Muscat, in a private room for $38 USD per night. Oman is not the cheapest country to travel, but the room was big and clean, and the A/C was nice and cold.
The location was a big plus. There was a mini-mart right across the street, and it was near the Mutrah Souq (traditional market) and some other interesting places.
Prices may fluctuate from time to time, so just keep an eye out for a good deal.