The only island country in the Middle East and an archipelago consisting of 33 islands, the Kingdom of Bahrain is the most sought-after tourist destination in the Arabian peninsula. The name Bahrain is derived from the Arabic term al-bahrayn, meaning ‘two seas’, which are said to mean both the saltwater oceans and the freshwater springs that exist beneath them.
Bahrain offers travellers the chance to discover true Arabia and has a huge variety of things to do. From ancient forts, desert and beaches to night clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes, the country have everything that a tourist can ask for. However, remember that Bahrain experiences two different climatic conditions, extreme summer from May to October that exceeds 40°C and winter from November to April, where the averages are between 20 and 25°C. To help you plan your trip to Bahrain, we’ve rounded up the best 5 things to do in the city.
1. Capture the Sunset at Bahrain Fort, Bahrain Island
It’s winter and the city is alive. People are making most of the winter sun, especially at the Bahrain Fort, which is one of the famous tourist sites in Bahrain. During the sunset, people gather around the fort located at Bahrain Island. Families, couples, solo travellers and photographers, all throng at Bahrain Fort to experience the best of Bahrain. Get an insight into the 5,000 years of Dilmun history and wait till the golden floodlights lit up. The illuminated ancient walls surely have an interesting tale to tell.
How to reach: To reach Bahrain Fort, all you need is a 10-minute drive to the west of Manama and the majestic Bahrain Fort stares out across the Gulf just 4 miles away. The closest stations to Bahrain Fort are Qalat Al Bahrain-1, 2, 3 & 4
Attractions around the Fort: Seef Mall, Uptown Village, Ad-Diraz Temple and Camel Farm
2. Go Diving for Pearls in the Waters of the Gulf in Muharraq
For more than 2,000 years, Bahrain’s pearls are believed to be the best in the world. No wonder this Arabian country was the centre of pearl trade for long centuries. And visitors at Bahrain do not leave a chance to dive for pearls. All diving excursions originate at Ras Rayyah, the northern tip of Muharraq. For beginners or visitors without a diving instructors license, Sayah shore is the best option for shallow pearl diving. Take a boat trip out to explore the turquoise waters for the treasures yourself. Delve into another world as you plunge in the Gulf waters. Pearls grow inside oyster shells and you are allowed to collect up to 60 oysters, which are taken back to the surface for inspection. The best part is that the pearls you find are yours forever.
How to reach: Muharraq is located at a short distance of about 2.5m from Manama. So, a journey to Muharraq has to be routed through Manama. Upon reaching Muharraq, take a boat ride to Ras Rayyah, the northern tip of Muharraq.
Attractions around Muharraq: Beit Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa building, Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Bin Matar House, Al Korar House and Qalat Arad
3. Dine at Block 338 in Adliya
Located in the heart of Adliya, Block 388 is a trendy hub for fine dining that is packed with restaurants, cafes and shops. Observe the slow-moving traffic while making a walk through the alleys. And the aroma of grubs from the roadside eateries might make your stomach growl. Find a seat at a restaurant and enjoy live music while relishing your dish. Whether you’re craving a fancy feast, a traditional fare or just a soothing drink, there is something for everyone.
How to reach: Take Bus Line #1 from Manama to Adliya, which is 1 hour 25 minutes away. You can also hire a metered taxi from your destination.
Attractions around Adliya: Adliya is a small place in Bahrain, where you can find cafes, art galleries, bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants, including popular bars.
4. Go Karting at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
Opened 365 days a year, the Bahrain International Circuit has a world-class karting track with a 3.3 mile slow corners and long straights. Located right in the middle of dunes with severe desert conditions, the place witnesses a thriving crowd throughout the year. Whether you’re a die-hard racer or a beginner in racing career, there are off-track training and live track sessions to fuel the passion within you.
How to reach: Take a bus or cab from Manama, which will take you to the Int’l Circuit in just 45 minutes.
Attractions around Bahrain International Circuit: Saudi Causeway Restaurant Tower, Bab Al Bahrain Building, Al Jessayah Beach and Bahrain National Museum.
5. Arabian Horse Riding at Karbabad Beach
It’s a majestic and one-of-a-kind experience rising from the desert. The pureblood Arabian breed is second to none and is an important part of Bahrain’s history. Take a ride towards the setting sun or ride your horse through the serene villages and ancient cultural sites to make your Bahrain holiday a memorable affair.
How to reach: From the Diplomatic Area, take a bus – 13, 41 or A2 to reach the horse riding destination on Karbabad Beach.
Attractions around Karbabad Beach: Marassi Al Bahrain, Jazair Beach, The Ritz Carlton Beach and Amwaj.
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Bahrain – the country where a thousand-year history rubs shoulders with modern skyscrapers. The attractions and leisure spots here extend to world-class museums, two UNESCO world heritage sites, white sand beaches, amazing wildlife and several others. Doesn’t matter what kind of getaway you’d prefer, Bahrain has your demand for its tourism platter.