Muttrah Fort, Muscat
Muttrah Fort lies on a tall, steep hill along the Corniche, overlooking the Souk of Muttrah. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese in the Sixteenth Century.
Formerly a prison, the fort is now being renovated as a tourist attraction. From the back (Souk) side of the fort, you can climb stairs right up to the tiny door, but it is closed and locked. There is a doorbell, but I didn't try to ring it!
I parked on a small residential road right beside the fort, but I had to walk halfway to the Souk to find the stairs to the fort. I ended up leaving my car there and shopping for a few hours.
Perched on a small mountain on the Corniche, the Matrah Fort is another Portuguese-built castle. It dates also from the 1580s and was occupied by its builders until they were ousted by the Omanis in 1650. The Matrah Fort dominates the city's skyline and acts as a beautiful backdrop to its Corniche, adding tremendously to its charm. Unfortunately, like other forts in Muscat, it is closed to visitors.
Mutrah Fort stands guard over the area. The fort is located on the right side of Mutrah and is still a military post, even thought is was built 400 years ago.
While you can't go inside you can climb up the back steps where you can get some great photos of the city