Sira Castle

Historical place with very incredible view over Aden city. It dates back to the 11th century, and is still used by the Yemeni military

Aden, Yemen

Coordinates: 12.779104, 45.049798

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It’s one of the main touristic landmarks in Aden. It defines the insistence and bravery of the people at that time. This Castle has served as an impregnable wall against the invaders.

When you walk up, you can enjoy the splendid view of the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden, and the city along the horizon. On the other side, you can see the whole city of Crater district. It’s a magnificent view to remember.

The Castle has played a vital role in the life of the city over the ages. There are many archaeological studies. Based on the results of some studies, the date of the construction of the Castle dates back to 1173 AD, where the Turkish ruler Osman Zangabili Takriti built the fortress of Sira when he was the governor of Aden at that time. The Castle remained stable despite the Portuguese and Turks’ attacks, especially in 1517, and after the British occupation of the city of Aden in 1839 continued to develop the Castle.

The Sira Castle is less of a residential castle and more of a fortification guarding Aden’s old port; there are gun emplacements and a rather small citadel. The view from the top is immense and well worth the 30-minute climb. On two sides are views of Aden town and the fishing port while the other two allow one to view the Indian Ocean’s blue waters as far as the eye can see.

Require a bit of caretaking

There is no care from the Government for such Historical locations, so you will find borders of the Castle have fallen. The fortress walls are mostly covered with stupid writings from ignorant people, which lower the historical value of the fortress. Yet, with more attention, the place would be incredible.

Know This

The stairs are very tired, but the sea light from the surface of the Castle is impressive. As for the rooms and places inside the Castle, terrifying and dark, there are bats inside.

If you have a family, try to come little before sunset because at this time, the sun becomes softer, and the weather gets colder. You need time to enjoy the sunset.

If you plan to sit up there for a while, make sure to bring cold water with you because there is no shops or street seller in this place. As an additional energizer and rest, you can get some juice and biscuits to enjoy your stay.