An archipelago of 34 islands in the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain is one of the fastest developing countries in the world and is also morphing into an attractive Middle East tourist destination.
Despite its tiny size, you’ll find beautiful desert landscapes, dazzling modern architecture and ancient ruins, excellent shopping in both modern malls and old souks plus fantastic food. Here are our favorite things to do when visiting the country of Bahrain.
One, the Bahrain Fort (Qalat al-Bahrain), was constructed atop a 43-acre hill built up during 4,000 years of continuous occupation. The second is the Pearling Sites, where sea pearls were harvested from oyster beds, and which molded the island’s economy for centuries. The third only added as recently as 2019, is the Dilmun Burial Mounds, which date to 2020 BC. If you’re interested in history or culture, you’ll find all three worth a visit.
Manama Souq – behind Bab Al Bahrain – is a tight knot of narrow streets and alleyways with traders selling a wealth of goods, from heady spices and perfumes to gold and sheesha bottles.
But it’s impossible to navigate if you’re a tourist. This is where the terrific Local Ppl guides come in. Founders Zain and Hessa are Bahrain locals and passionate about showing what Bahrain travel has to offer. They run a handful of tours – one of which covers Manama Souq – which will also include a visit to the spectacular Shrinathji temple. They’ll show you the best spots and also help you out if you want to buy something. Just don’t forget to haggle!
One of the major attractions for Formula 1 enthusiasts, the Bahrain International Circuit offers all the thrill and excitement of Formula 1 to visitors. Interestingly, even if you fail to come here in the month of March, well, a guided tour is still possible. One of the most fun things to do in Bahrain, visitors can pay a nominal fee of around BHD6.5 and take a tour of the track and Sakhir Tower.
Although there are many activities to do in Bahrain, a visit to the Al Fateh Grand Mosque has to be a top choice amongst those who wish to see the largest mosque in the country.
Home to some of the best beaches in Bahrain, the place is perfect to enjoy a day out with family. Head to the famous Sitra Fisherman’s Port and hire a boat in order to reach the Al Dar Islands. You also have the option to rent a beach hunt, enjoy activities like kayaking, and fishing and you might even spot a dolphin in the open water.
The Bahrain National Museum is the repository of 6,000 years of Bahrain’s history and, as one might expect, is one of the Kingdom’s leading cultural landmarks. It’s a great way to get introduced to Bahrain’s complex and fascinating history and well worth a visit!
Bahrain is one of the world’s favourite shopping destinations. You’ll find dozens of malls in the capital of Manama alone, with hundreds of shops selling everything from souvenirs to luxury designer brands outlets. Of all these malls, The Avenues is no doubt the best. Just the building itself, with Bahrain’s beautiful blue sky an endless canopy above its glass roof, is worth a look. With different floors and entire streets, the hundred or so shops in this mall are a great place to spend a relaxed shopping day. Enjoy breakfast in one of its bakeries, shop through the morning, then relax during a delightful lunch in one of the many traditional and upscale restaurants in the mall.