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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In understanding the mixed Portugese and Arab history the fort is worth a visit. It is still an interesting structure on the waterfront in town.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I visited the Fort, local people were dismantling stage and seats because apparently there was a festival the day beforw, so the place was a bit messy. Still I would recommend to go there for a visit. You can get some really nice shots...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank the_inked_traveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's remnant of a fort built to defend the harbor. The interior hosts a number of stalls with people selling various types goods. There is an amphitheater that is used for various presentations that was added in the 1990's that is remarkable because of the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a lot to see unless you are interested in old forts. Our guide did explain the story behind its existence but truthfully it is being left to decay.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank barnettodds
Reviewed 16 January 2019

No real interest or spend 5 mn max in it. walk through to go to the Palace is the only justification of visit of this place

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank vincent2208
Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

It is an old fort, not much more. There are now vendors inside the walls, but be certain to bargain HARD as the prices quoted are about twice what they will ultimately take. Walk away st least twice. I did not see any helpful signage,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

Simple place for a short stop. I had no problem with pushy vendors as opposed to many complaints from others about this place.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JoshGellman
Reviewed 9 January 2019

Even though we had a guide with us when walking through here, I still couldn't tell you what it was used for. Really nothing to see except a large green piece of grass inside with some shops selling souvenirs.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Q7294TGjoannes
Reviewed 3 January 2019

Check out my reviews with Yussef - the tour was long and the sights were many. Yussef was full of history of the place. Watch out not to get caught looking at the local merchandise you might get a bit of pestering.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Frakke155
Reviewed 28 December 2018

The building is very old and historic. We were advised that there really wasn't much to do inside so we only admired the building from the outside. Very similar to Fort Jesus in Mombasa, Kenya.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kenyantraveller
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