Within a comfortable half an hour’s distance away from The Fortress Resort & Spa is one of Sri Lanka’s most treasured attractions, the Galle Dutch Fort. This spectacular fort was first created by Portuguese colonists in 1588 but was later fortified by the Dutch. It’s well preserved condition makes it hard to believe that it’s actually over 400 years old!

Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Galle Dutch Fort is home to a curious collection of landmarks including the All Saints Church, Dutch Reformed Church, the fort gates and the lighthouse, to name a few. When walking along the charming cobbled streets and admiring the surroundings on a Galle day trip you’ll realise that there is a sort of familiarity here; this is because the architecture of the resort is actually inspired by the fort itself.

The Galle Dutch Fort is a great destination for sightseeing as well as shopping, and after a long day of exploring its many wonders, head over to Flag Rock; it is the perfect spot to enjoy a surreal sunset over the Indian Ocean.