O n our second visit to Oman in as many years, we skip Muscat and head west to Barka with its Fish Market and 18th century fort. It’s almost too hot to get out of the car but the fish market turns out to be worth it – with its fish auction. Last year we saw the Friday cattle market, and now we see bidding for freshly caught fish under the auctioneer’s hook. Intriguing!
Early morning arrival at the port in Muscat – before taking off to the west, up the coast, to the Fish Markets at Barka, and then inland to the dramatically-sited fortress at Nakhal.
Driving inland to Narkhal, we visit the dramatically-sited fortress perched on a precipice, with its restorations making it look more like a film set. Further south we stop at the village of Al Thawarah where warm springs bubble out of the ground. Wading in, little fish will clean the dead skin from your feet, but we left that to a young family and kept going.
Back to the ship in time for a late lunch and some chilled Gavi – in the welcome cool of the dining room.