Rustaq attractions

Top Choice Fort in Rustaq

Rustaq Fort

Two cannons mark the interior courtyard of this enormous fort – the entrance alone signals its former importance. Built on top of pre-Islamic foundations, the massive outer walls date from the 18th century while the…
Top Choice Museum in Rustaq

Qasra Museum

Tucked into the unlit and crumbling old quarter of Rustaq, behind the fort, this unique museum is the personal project of the owner, Zakia Al Lamki. Left the aged house by her father and reluctant to let her inherit…
Natural Feature in Rustaq

Wadi Bani Awf

This spectacular wadi is a major artery through the mountains and often flows year-round with spring water. It looks particularly gorgeous when mountain rain causes the falaj (irrigation channel), which parallels th…
Natural Feature in Rustaq

Wadi Sahten

The exciting route through Wadi Sahten begins near Rustaq and winds through a narrow corridor that is often flowing with water. A paved road opens out into a huge basin at the foot of the Hajar Mountains. From here,…
Natural Feature in Rustaq

Thorn Tree Copse

Where the paved road through Wadi Bani Awf ends, a magnificent stand of trees comes into view. These are Ziziphus spina christi, or 'Christ thorn trees' – a tree associated with the biblical crown of thorns. These g…
Natural Feature in Rustaq

Rock Arch

Referred to locally as a rock arch, this striking natural feature is in fact a fissure in the cliff. There is just enough space at the bottom of the crack in the mountain for the track through Wadi Sahten to slither…
Natural Feature in Rustaq

Wadi Hoqain

This fertile wadi, accessible only by 4WD, offers one of the easiest off-road experiences of the region and an intimate view of life under the date palms. A reasonable graded road meanders through wadi-side plantati…
Hot Springs in Rustaq

Ain Al Kasfah

These hot springs attract visitors who believe the water issuing from under the ground at Al Kasfah has therapeutic properties. As a result, the unglamorous hammam (public baths) alongside the spring are thronged at…
Fort in Rustaq

Al Hazm Fort

With Nakhal and Rustaq, Al Hazm is one of the three great Batinah Plain forts and like them, it protects a large plantation. Currently closed for a lengthy restoration project, it's still of interest for its giant r…
Landmark in Rustaq

Rustaq Gateway

Befitting a town of its size, Rustaq has a fine gateway similar to those in Nizwa, Bahla and Sumail. Wedged between a cut in the mountains, this landmark links old Rustaq with its fort and new Rustaq, which is marke…