The island country of Bahrain has something for everyone - its coastline is dotted with numerous beaches, it has breathtaking golden deserts, its ancient ruins and forts are a treasure chest for history lovers and the adventure enthusiasts have endless activities to enjoy here. But the country is not all about nature, culture and history - wealthy residents and the sizeable expat population of its capital Manama has given rise to a modern Arabian lifestyle and a hip nightlife in urban areas.
AttractionsBahrain’s history and heritage is wonderfully showcased at the Bahrain National Museum and at its several forts including the Bahrain Fort (Qalat al Bahrain), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience serenity at one of the world’s largest mosques, the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, and one of the oldest mosques in the Arab world, the Al Khamis Mosque. Visit the mysterious Dilmun Burial Mounds, which are believed to be the largest prehistoric cemetery in the world and the mystical Tree of Life (Shajarat-al-Hayat), which is an around 400 year-old sheltered tree.
ActivitiesAdventure lovers can enjoy an array of activities in Bahrain, ranging from leisurely recreation to extreme sports. Bahrain’s warm waters are a haven for water sports lovers where they can enjoy swimming, scuba diving, sailing and night time sea-fishing. Visitors can even dive into its waters to fetch their own pearls or enjoy a boat ride to the Hawar Islands to see dolphins and flamingos. Motorsports are a major attraction here, as the country proudly hosts its own Formula 1 grand prix at the Bahrain International Circuit, which also allows visitors to experience the thrills of motor sports here.
DiningExpect the best of luxury dining at Bahrain. The country is home to a range of quality restaurants, serving sumptuous international cuisines including authentic Middle Eastern, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, European and Mexican. Also, plenty of Arabic and Western cafes are spread all over the island.
ShoppingWhether it is shopping for local handicrafts or luxury international brands, Bahrain has the best of both worlds for the shoppers. Travellers can shop at the Suq Al-Qaisariya or the Bab al-Bahrain bazaar for traditional or hand-crafts items, including hand-woven fabrics, spices and pearls. Bahrain is teeming with large malls and designer boutiques, which sell everything from fabrics, gold, jewellery, cosmetics to fashion accessories.