Nakhal Fort, Al Batinah Governorate

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Surrounded by palm trees, Nakhal Fort offers insight into the history of the region and scenic views of the plain and the town. Named after an ancient province, the site dates back to pre-Islamic times, and the 17th-century stronghold was built to protect important trading routes. The gateway and the round towers were added in the mid-19th century, and the area underwent complete renovation in 1990. See traditional furnishings and handicrafts in the rooms, as well as a collection of historical guns at the museum. The indoor seating area at the top--with oriental rugs and colorful cushions lined against the wall--offers a quiet break from the sun. You will need to climb many stairs to tour the fort. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Seeb holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Nakhal Fort and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Lovely and well conserved Castle. The place is an oasis of peace. Try to get there early in the morning to avoid the hottest times of the day.  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    We live in Qatar, so love coming to Oman for the hills & greenery. Had a great day walking along Wakan Village first, before visiting the nearby springs then ending up with Nakel Fort. Some fantastic ...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    Via Barca from Muscat, is an hour and a half by car. In the foothills of the mountains is located, built by taking advantage of Rock Hill Fort. Family and guest rooms has been restored nicely and is overall a beautiful Fort. Strong solar radiation and humidity in the room of the Fort feels unusually hot weather where you can shelter, such as.
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  • April 2, 2017
    Impressive stronghold beautifully located at the Hajar mountain range's foothills. As all similar forts in the region, it looks almost too neat after it underwent extensive renovation works in recent years. Apart from the building itself, there is not much else on display. When there, take the time to continue on the road that leads to the fortress, you will eventually reach a hot spring deeper into the valley.
  • April 8, 2017
    One of the forts of Oman. Situated on the rock near the oasis with palms. Well decorated inside. If you're in this region also it's worth to visit Rustaq fort 50 km to the west.
  • April 26, 2017
    Beautiful fort withdifferent kind of rooms reaching from children's bedrooms to prison cells and store rooms. About an hours drive from Muscat.
  • January 28, 2017
    Well restored, excellent position surrounded by mountains. Wonderful views historical insight. Well worth a visit.
  • December 3, 2016
    Beautiful fort with lots of history. You can explore different kind of rooms reaching from children's bedrooms to prison cells. Wonderful view from the top!

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Where to stay in Al Batinah Governorate

The coastal town of Sohar offers the most variety in terms of accommodations in Al Batinah Governorate. Five- and four-star chains, as well as boutique hotels lie within walking distance of the town's scenic beaches and waterfront promenade. You can also find some comfortable mid-range lodgings nearby, while apartments for rent remain a good option for a longer stay.
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