Bahrain is studded with hidden gems just waiting to be explored! The island has a happening vibe, a well-preserved heritage, and beautiful beaches. We’ve curated a list of some great places in Bahrain to check out if you’re new to the island and starting to explore it or are just looking for someplace to visit on the weekend!
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Bab Al Bahrain
The doorway to Bahrain – Bab Al Bahrain needs no introduction. The 1949 structure once overlooked the sea and was a crucial landmark for trade in the Kingdom. Behind Bab Al Bahrain is Manama Souq – where every alley and corner takes you to a vibrant shop either selling textiles, spices, incense, or perfumes, handicrafts, and souvenirs.
You can thank Bahrain Bay for much of the beautiful Bahrain skyline! Home to some iconic landmarks, the development is proof of one finding the new, modern Bahrain mixing with the traditional. Join Kashta Tours or Beach Culture for some water activities as well!
Bahrain International Circuit
Home of motorsports! Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir is a must-visit whether you’re a motor racing fan or not. Since April 2004, the circuit has hosted the annual Formula One Grand Prix races and has opened for several seasons. During the off-season, treat yourself to the thrill of karting and enjoy a ride in a Hummer or even test drive a race car on the F1 track!
Bilaj Al Jazayer
The sunset beach – Zallaq gives you the best beach vibes! Catch large waves, surf, or just lounge by the water during those golden sunset moments. A visit to Bialj Al Jazayer is a must!
This entire block in Bahrain is dedicated to a whole lot of restaurants and diners – welcome to Block 338, the island’s dining district!
Bu Maher Fort
Catch a boat ride from Bahrain National Museum to the starting point of Bahrain’s famous Pearling Path. Bu Maher Fort was built in 1840 and brims with the history of pearling.
Pearling Path – Muharraq
An important part of Bahrain’s pearling history is Muharraq. Walking through this impressive town and its narrow lanes, you will get to see restored traditional Bahraini houses, each of which speaks volumes of the rich history of pearl trading, architecture, culture, and traditions of Bahrain.
Qal’at Al Bahrain
Towering at 39 feet, Qal’at Al Bahrain (Fort of Bahrain) holds evidence of human settlements spanning over 4500 years. Its origin begins roughly in 2300 BC as the capital of the ancient Dilmun civilisation. The Fort had been central to Bahrain’s identity as a trade hub and was uncovered by a team of Danish archaeologists led by Geoffrey Bibby in the 1950s. In 2005, it entered the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Check out the museum, tour the fort, or sit by the beautiful seaside cafe at Qal’at Al Bahrain.
RAK Art Foundation
the Rashid Al Khalifa (RAK) Art Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering artists worldwide. The Foundation exists within a converted traditional Bahraini House, the home where Rashid Al Khalifa, a practising artist, patron of the arts and collector, was raised. His collection includes hundreds of international works of fine and decorative art, camera and film equipment and furniture and interior design.
Manamat Al Gossaibi
A tribute to Saudi Arabia’s Dr. Gazi Abdul Rahman Al Gosaibi, this traditional Bahraini house in Manama’s Fareej Al Fadel. Artistic displays dot the house that celebrates the reformist, minister, and ambassador – Al Gosaibi.