If you are one of those people that like to travel and explore new places, Bahrain is one of the top destinations for your next trip. The breathtaking architecture, natural beauty products represent the perfect balance between modern and traditional living.
First of all, Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands in the Gulf, and the largest is 55km long and 18km wide with Manama as their capital city. Bahrain got its name in ancient times, which means “two seas,” and it was considered to be the paradise island in the olden days.
Today, it is one of the fastest developing countries in the world, making it perfect for your next destination.
It is situated in Saudi Arabia’s east coast, and it is a welcoming and open city for everyone. With warm and friendly locals, plenty of craft makers and amazing food to die for. The main currency in Bahrain is the Bahraini Dinar (BHD) which the locals referred to as Bahraini.
You can get to Bahrain via air, road or sea. Bahrain International Airport in Muharraq, which is just east of Manama is the main base for Gulf Air, and it provides excellent connections to many countries in the world.
If you want to go by car, it might be a little more complicated just because it requires a lot of paperwork for the car to enter from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain. Keep in mind that the tourist will not be allowed to cross the border with a rental car.
You can park your car at the border, and visit travel to Bahrain with the local taxi. A sea is also an option but they have a lot of suspended sea travels from some countries to Bahrain, so the best way is to travel by air.
What to Do in Bahrain?
As I mentioned, Bahrain is a fascinating country with plenty of stuff to see and do. The mixed architecture and the many activities will fill up your day.
In this article, I will go through some of the best things to do and the nice places to visit in Bahrain.
1. The Avenues Mall
This shopping center opened its gates in 2017, and it is one of the top locations in Manama to visit. It is enormous and inside feels species. The interior is full of palm trees and with a lot of daylight.
It is located in downtown Manama on Nahrain Bay, right across the Four Seasons Hotel.
The Avenues is the perfect place to go shopping as it has many different brands such as West Elm, H&M, Claire’s Accessories, Victoria’s Secret. The famous restaurants with good food like Shake Snack, Cheesecake Factory, IHOP, Texas Roadhouse are there as well.
It is important to know that the prices are a little bit higher than elsewhere in Bahrain, but that is as in any shopping mall.
Besides the stores, the Avenues Mall also has an entertainment center, which is perfect for having a great time. The kids enjoy the Magic Planet which is arcade game haven, outside playgrounds as well as cinema.
2. Bab Al Bahrain
The unique building that is constructed in 1949 by Shaikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh, and it once housed the government’s administrative officers. It is located at the entrance to Manama Square, and it offers a wide range of goods.
There are a lot of textile shops, as well as exotic perfumes, handicrafts, spices and other modern goods from all over the world. The building was refurbished in 1986, and it had interesting architecture offering you incredible shopping experience.
3. Bahrain National Museum
It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bahrain as well as the oldest public museum in Bahrain. The complex is very big, covering 27,800 sq meters, and it was opened in Manama in 1988.
There are a lot of exhibitions that will get your attention, as the museum covers nearly 5000 years of Bahrain’s history. It is the perfect place to learn more about the culture, architecture, and history of Bahrain.
The building also has nine very big galleries, gift shops, educational halls, and a nice cafeteria to take brakes between exhibits.
4. Indoor Skydiving
If you are adrenaline junky or like to experience skydiving but you are scared of heights, this is the right place for you. You can experience the incredible feeling of freefall that will guarantee your thrill.
It is all happening within a hight of 12 meters, constructed with tempered glass that channel air that gives you the ability to levitate. You must go indoor skydiving if you visit Bahrain that will promise an unforgettable experience.
5. Tree of Life
This is another tourist attraction in Bahrain. It is located in the Arabian Desert 40 km from Manama, and it is the only tree in that area. Make sure you pack all your necessary outdoor equipment when you go out in the desert.
The tree of life is over 400 years old, almost 10 meters high, and it is covered in green leaves, which is the unbelievable part. Bahrain does not have enough rain throughout the year for vegetation to survive.
Some people claim that the tree adapted itself and learned how to extract water from sand while others say that Enki protects it, the god of water in Babylonian Religion.
6. The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park
There is nothing that can cool you off more than a visit to the water park. The Lost Paradise is the biggest waterpark in Bahrain, offering amusement for the whole family.
There are plenty of thrills and adrenaline slides that are perfect for a sunny day. The waterpark is big, covering 77,000 square meters, and the fun part is that each aspect of the par is based on some historical event from the Dilmun period.
7. Hawar Islands
The Hawar Islands are located off the west coast of Qatar in the Gulf of Bahrain, which is owned by Bahrain. The country applied to have Hawar islands as a World Heritage Site due to its unique placement and dangerous species.
Within a 45 minute long trip from Manama, it is a perfect location to go and visit that will provide relaxation. There is a hotel resort at sight providing many activities such as watersports and diving.
Bahrain it’s an amazing place to visit. Offering so many things to do that will keep you amused at all times. You should consider going to Bahrain and soaking up some culture and architecture.
Tim Fox is a writer at Outdoor With J. A blog where he shares his love for outdoor with the world. If he is not writing for the blog, Tim spends his time enjoying the neutral.