Barka Fort is located about 80 kms from Muscat in the Walayat (like district) of Barka in the region (like state or province) of Al Batinah.
Cannon looks pretty impressive from the front till you see it from the side…
I wonder what the local punks have written on this cannon. What a shame!
Like 99% of all forts I visit in Oman, this one was closed as well! Are they really taking tourism seriously when so many of these places of interest are constantly closed?!
It’s nice that the fort is right along the beach, but I wouldn’t recommend swimming here (especially the ladies) as it’s a conservative small town. Another reason I wouldn’t recommend it is that there were several local young men that kept paying my sister-in-law far too much attention as we walked around the fort and one guy was even parked there for the longest time is his heavily tinted windows just gawking. Creepy!
As you can see from the map here, other places of interest in Barka include: Al Sawadi Coast, Bait Al Naaman Castle, and Al Falaij Fort. Barka Fort isn’t the most exciting place in the Sultanate so I wouldn’t recommend coming here unless you plan (going to/coming from) another destination.
Seems that some Barka local residents and citizens are directly or directly involved in human trafficking- Read this article from Gulf News!