The Omani peninsular exclave of Musandam holds several of the most interesting forts the country has to offer—which is saying quite a lot indeed, given how many fortresses are peppered all around Oman. Several of these forts tend to stand out from amongst the rest, though, either due to their historic significance, their sheer architectural uniqueness, or even the singular beauty of their location. While the forts perhaps best known in the country are the twins of Muscat Bay—Al Mirani and Al Jalali—there are other equally interesting castles in Oman that the lover of fortresses may want to visit… and which may be more worthwhile to visit in some ways, in fact, given that they are not closed to the public (as Al Mirani and Al Jalali are). One superb example is found in the town or Wilayat of Bukha, in Musandam.
Bukha is pretty close to the most popular town in this Omani exclave: it is only 26 kilometres or so away from the Musandam capital, [Read more…]