Kasteel van Bidbid

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beautifully restored

A quaint 16th century castle located on a turnoff from the Nizwa highway, Bidbid Castle has been beautifully restored and is set within a date palm oasis, with a winding falaj (waterway) running around it.

This is one of the prettiest small castles in the country: a rustic little structure, built with mudbrick walls on a stone base, with windows and rifle-slits cut lopsidedly out of the adobe, half-hearted little rounded battlements above and a large watchtower perched on a small rock outcrop beside. Unusually, the walls have been left unplastered following restoration, so you can see the pebbles and bits of straw mixed in to strengthen the mudbrick, adding to its rather homespun charm. A swiftly flowing falaj, in which villagers are wont to do their washing, runs around one side of the fort.