Despite Bahrain’s rich heritage, our Kingdom still remains a hidden gem when it comes to tourism. But explore our islands and you will be rewarded. When you visit Bahrain, you will discover a truly unique destination that blends the best of modern Arab culture with the history and traditions of the Middle East.
More and more tourists from all walks of life are taking the trip to Bahrain to explore the historic ruins, mosques, and coral reefs our country has to offer. But while you might come for the diverse attractions, you’ll no doubt stay for the warmth and openness we show to every guest. Bahrainis are famous for our friendliness and we’re ready to welcome you with open arms to show you the vest best of our country. Here are the best places to visit in Bahrain.
The capital of Bahrain has been the centre of many trade routes since antiquity and blends the history of the country with the hustle and bustle of a thriving metropolis. The glistening skyline of Manama is home to the Bahrain World Trade Center with twin towers that stand 240 meters above the ground. If you’re looking for the tradition of the city, visit Bab Al Bahrain, a traditional souk framed by an arched gate entrance. The market is lined with stalls where the locals sell fruits, veggies, clothes, spices and pearls. Al Fateh Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world and another great thing to do in Bahrain. Tours of the mosque are available and led by volunteer Bahrainis to help you experience Al Fateh like a local.
One of the largest cities in Bahrain, Riffa is located in the heart of the Kingdom and is full of rich history. The Riffa Fort, made of clay, has been preserved for hundreds of years and overlooks the Hunanaiya valley. The city is also home to Arabic bazaars and markets that make the perfect spot to find a trinket to remember your trip. Riffa is also home to one of the most famous golf courses in the Middle East – The Royal Golf Club.
If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of a lesser-known wonder of the world, located two kilometers outside of Jebel is the Tree of Life. This mythical site has been nominated to join the official 7 wonders of nature list and is considered a true marvel by many who visit Bahrain as the ancient tree is located in the midst of the desert without a water source anywhere near it. The stands 9.75 meters high and is over 400 years old. Approximately 65,000 people make the trek to see this legendary tree every year.
A short boat ride will get you to Hawar Island on the southern end of Bahrain and close to neighbouring Qatar. The island boasts many resorts with hotels and water-sport rentals to venture into the Persian Gulf. Hawar Island is home to the endangered Socotra cormorant bird and those who visit may also see an Arabian oryx, Bahrain’s national animal and, as some believe, the origin of the fabled unicorn.
The art lover will enjoy visiting A’ali which is knownfor its pottery. The city is lined with pottery shops where you can admire the work of local artists and might catch one of them in the process of working on their craft. The artists often love to let visitors have a chance at the pottery wheel. A’ali is also known for its burial mounds that date back over 5,000 years. Many cultural artifacts have been found in these mounds and can be found in the Bahrain National Museum.
A trip to Bahrain isn’t complete without a visit to the ancient town of Muharraq, which was once Bahrain’s capital city. While in Muharraq, you’ll be able to witness some of the best examples of the Kingdom’s rich history. Visit a traditional souq market or marvel at the oldest display of traditional architecture in the Fareej Al Bin Ali district. Take a step back in time as you dive the Pearling Trail which once the centre of the global pearl industry.
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Bahrain’s newest tourist attraction comes in the form of the world’s largest underwater theme park, Dive Bahrain. This dive site features beautiful artificial reefs and the first decommissioned Boeing 747 to be submerged. The site will provide a unique view of Bahrain and an exceptional dive experience located off the coast of Muharraq. For sport lovers, Muharraq is also said to have one of the best football teams in Bahrain.
The Amwaj Islands are a group of man-made islands located in glistening blue waters of the Persian Gulf. It is a rapidly growing city with luxurious towers popping up all over the island and home to many hotels, fine eateries and a theme park to keep you entertained.
Located just a 4-hour drive from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is the town of Al Jasra. One of its must-see attractions is the Handicraft Centre where visitors can witness traditional Bahraini arts and crafts. This government-run centre encourages tourists to learn more about traditional crafts such as basket-weaving in an attempt to preserve these arts.
There are many things to do in Bahrain no matter what your interests. If you time things right, you might even be able to attend the Formula One race. The Middle East is becoming a more desirable vacation spot for many reasons including the exquisite landscapes. From the rich history and ruins to the vibrant city life, there is no wonder why Bahrain has become one of the most visited countries in the Middle East. Visit Bahrain today!