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.
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.
There’s an entry fee of 0.5 Omani Rials ($1.30 USD), but this only applies if you come here without a tour. The fort is open Saturday to Thursday from 9AM-4PM, and Fridays from 8AM-11AM.
Bring water! The walk up to the top of the fort can be extremely hot depending on the season.