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Rustaq (Oman)

Practical information on Rustaq

4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
A 1 1/2 hour drive from Muscat
When to go
From mid-October through mid-March
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Rustaq

Seasoned Traveller
59 written opinions

Nakhal is one of the most impressive and best restored forts in the Sultanate of Oman. 

My suggestion:
Because of its proximity to Muscat, a visit to the Nakhal Fort can be a full- or half-day trip. If you are traveling, Nakhal is often the first stop before climbing the Hajar mountains. 
My review

Nakhal was my first Omani stop outside Muscat, and I must say that this fort and the site where it is located are a sure bet in the Sultanate's landscapes. Built on a plain, surrounded by palm trees, with the Hajar mountains in the background, the Nakhal Fort alone is an Omani icon.

Once inside, people realize the importance of this fort: terraces, towers, stairs, multiple and varied rooms shine a light on the excitement that ruled there at its height. One of this site's nice surprises are the reenactments performed by the Ministry of Tourism experts in various rooms. One can see what a library or a child's room might look like in Oman in the early 19th century.

During your stay in Oman, visiting the Nakhal Fort will probably be one of the highlights of the trip.

Nakhal Fort
Inside Nakhal Fort
Seasoned Traveller
130 written opinions

Rustaq (known in Oman as Al-Rustaq) is around 2 hours inland from Muscat by car.

My suggestion:
The town of Rustaq is surrounded by dry and mountainous landscapes. It is a stopover on the way to Djebel Shams (only by 4x4).
My review

Rustaq is a small provincial town in Oman. It is best to spend a day there with a view to continuing your travels inland. You can stop off there to recharge your batteries and stock up on provisions for the trek to the summit of Djebel Shams.

Just like every other town in the country, the Al-Rustaq fort dominates the town and offers a stunning view of the mountains and the town below.

Rustaq's stunning hot spring, called Ain Al Kasfa, is particularly memorable. It is the country's most popular spring, renowned for its healing powers against skin ailments. The main spring is closed to the public, but you will find some establishments which let you dip your feet in the 45°C water.

Rustaq Fort
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