NIZWA AND THE FORT OF BAHLA
Discovery & taste, Culture & local gems , MyExploration, Less than 1 hour walking, 50
In a nutshell
Good to know
An evocative visit to the city of Nizwa and Oman's most beautiful fort.
- The Nizwa area
- Bahla Fort
- Lunch at the Falaj Hotel
- Nizwa Fort
- Nizwa Souk
- We will leave the port of Mina Qaboos and after a journey of approximately two and a half hours we will arrive in Nizwa, a city in the country's hinterland that was once its historic capital. From here we go to Bahla Fort, one of four historic fortresses situated at the foot of the Jebel Akhdar highlands in Oman and the country's only UNESCO-listed fort added in 1987. The fort is believed to have been built between the 12th and 15th century by the Banu Nebhan tribe who inhabited the area at the time and were known for controlling the trade of frankincense at the time.
- At the end of the visit we will have lunch at the Falaj Daris Hotel.
- In the afternoon we visit the majestic Nizwa Fort. Built in 1668, in addition to being the oldest in Oman it is also the most visited monument in the country. The enormous round central watchtower with a diameter of 45 metres which took 30 years to build is particularly impressive. From the top of the tower we can enjoy a magnificent view of the city, the mosque and the mountains that surround Nizwa.
- At the end of our visit to the fort, we head to Nizwa's souk (the old market) where we find locally crafted items such as silverware, copperware and fabrics.
- At the end of the excursion we return to the port of Muscat.
Good to know
- Guests must abide by appropriate dress code, modest, no revealing or see-though clothing.
- Visitors should be dressed appropriately according to the culture of the country being visited.
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
- This excursion is not recommended to guests with mobility problems.
- Places are limited, so please reserve in advance.
- The bus ride between Muscat and Nizwa takes about 2,5 hours each way.