Fly to Bahrain
Based just off the coast of Saudi Arabia, the archipelago that is Bahrain represents a more liberal version of the Middle East.
It is a popular vacation spot for people from all over the world, but particularly from neighbouring Islamic countries.
And it’s easy to see why. The city is beautiful, the buildings state-of-the-art and the people friendly and welcoming.
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Attractions and Things to do in BahrainThere are plenty of amazing things to do while in Bahrain. If you’re planning a visit, we recommend checking out the following attractions:
Bahrain FortJust ten minutes outside of the capital city, Manama, you will find one of the most important historical sites in all of Bahrain. It was built in the 16th century, by the Portuguese, as one of a number of different defence points. Anyone with an interest in history will find this to be a fascinating visit.
Opening Hours: 8am-6pm
Pearl DivingThere was a time when pearl diving was an incredibly popular, dangerous and necessary activity in Bahrain – it contributed a significant amount to the local economy. Now, it is extremely safe, and can be done as a fun activity through numerous excursion operators.
Opening Hours: Daylight Hours
Bahrain National MuseumIf you’re looking to indulge yourself in the local culture and histories of Bahrain, then look no further than the Bahrain National Museum. It is one of the most popular attractions in the country, and it’s easy to see why. It hosts fascinating exhibits, in both Arabic and English, including the Hall of Graves, Islamic Era Documents and Manuscripts, and Fables and Storytelling.
Opening Hours: 8am-8pm
Al Fateh Grand MosqueAble to hold 7,000 worshippers at one time, the Al Fateh Grand Mosque is the largest building in Bahrain. It is a remarkable spectacle, built with materials from around the world. Guides will be happy to show you around and provide information about the Islamic faith.
Opening Hours: 9am-4pm – Sunday-Thursday (for non-Muslims)
Bahrain National TheaterThis is a relatively new attraction, having opened in 2012. There are 1,000 seats available for you to sit and enjoy some truly amazing performances, in one of the most beautiful buildings you are likely to see. The architecture really is spectacular.
Opening Hours Depending on performances
Eating OutThere are some fantastic restaurants throughout Bahrain, of all different types and for all different budgets. Here are our recommendations:
The Masso restaurant is based in the Palace Boutique Hotel, and offers an amazing dining experience to both guests and non-guests. Its Mediterranean and Italian dishes are delicious, cooked using local ingredients. We’d personally recommend the harissa-marinated lamb chops.
Name: Villa Mamas
Often described as a “hidden gem”, Villa Mamas offers a charming atmosphere and friendly service. The food is Mediterranean-based, a popular choice of style in Bahrain, and is quite excellent. Offers wonderfully unique dishes such as Seafood Spaghetti.
Name: The Orangery
Also based in the Palace Boutique Hotel, The Orangery is an elegant tearoom that offers both British and Arabic goods. Here you’ll find delicious cakes, fresh breads baked right in the restaurant, and various Lebanese and Syrian meals. Highly recommended.
Name: Café Lilou
Above all, Café Lilou is a beautiful place. The architecture and design alone is enough to warrant a visit – but the tasty food makes it a place you cannot miss. Both is décor and its dishes are French-inspired – it is a truly excellent eatery.
By far one of the most popular restaurants in Bahrain – and it’s easy to see why. Good food, affordable prices, friendly service from all the staff. You’ll find it difficult to choose between the many amazing items on the menu, which includes burgers, salads and pasta.
Hotels in BahrainBahrain is home to a number of luxury and budget hotels, suitable for tourists and those visiting on business.
InterContinental Regency Hotel (5 Star)Price: BHD 87-134 ($169-$260, £124-£190)
World class accommodation, outstanding views of the harbour and high-quality service. The InterContinental Regency Hotel has everything you could possibly want for a luxurious stay in Bahrain. The location is great, which good shopping and restaurants nearby, but the in-house dining means you won’t even need to leave the hotel.
Mercure Grand Hotel Seef (4 Star)Price: BHD 60-171 ($117-$331, £86-£242)
This classically designed hotel offers a more than comfortable stay, and all the necessary amenities. Each suite is beautiful and offers an amazing view of the sea, while guests also have access to satellite TV and free WiFi. The two biggest malls in Bahrain are also close by.
Elite Crystal Hotel (4 Star)Price: BHD 55-108 ($108-$209, £79-£153)
The Elite Crystal Hotel offers a slightly different look, with a unique Arabic style influencing its decor. Like the Mercure Grand Hotel Seef, it offers guests only suites, but these are all top quality. The service is personalised to your own taste, making you feel right at home.
Belair Suites (3 Star)Price: BHD 46-83 ($89-$161, £65-£118)
Located on Commercial Street in Juffair, Belair Suites offers a more budgeted option, while still providing comfortable and enjoyable stay. There are three types of suite available – Classic, Superior and Executive. All are well-decorated, and all are suitable for long or short-term visits.
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq (5 Star)Price: BHD 93-191 ($180-$370, £132-£270)
Another luxurious offering, the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq is home to the only Thalassa Sea and Spa the GCC nations. It is the ultimate place to relax and unwind, with 262 different rooms and suites made available top guests. Perfect for weddings, corporate events and those just looking for a holiday.
The Weather in BahrainAs a typical Middle Eastern nation, Bahrain is extremely hot. Even in the winter months, it is warmer than most other places around the world.
This can be uncomfortable for those who are not used to dealing with excessive heat. Remember to drink plenty of water, and apply sun cream regularly.
The temperature is generally at its hottest in July and August, at an average of 34 degrees Celsius. It normally goes down to 17-18 in January and February.
Events in BahrainBahrain has a mixed variety of exciting events that take place throughout the year, such as:
Name: Bahrain International Music Festival
A wide range of fantastic and unique musical acts headline this festival every year, showcasing the very best that Arabic culture has to offer. The festival has been running for over 20 years, and has gotten bigger and better every time. If you’re in Bahrain in October, be sure to check it out.
Name: Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition
Fans of fine art will love this annual exhibition, which promotes and celebrates the works of so many incredible artists. There are no limits or restrictions on what can be presented – freedom and spontaneity are encouraged. Definitely worth checking out.
Name: Bahrain Independence Day
Every country likes to celebrate its day of independence, and Bahrain is no different. They do so every June, with a host of festivals, parties, fireworks displays and opera performances throughout the nation.
Name: Eid ul Adha
Eid ul Adha, also known as the Sacrifice Feast, is a religious festival that takes place in the final month of the Islamic calandar. It is a charitable event, where the rich and well-off deliver food to the poorer members of the Bahrain society.
Name: Bahrain Grand Prix
If you’re interested in sports, then the Bahrain Grand Prix is a spectacle you won’t want to miss. It takes place in April, and showcases amazing Formula 1 action over 57 laps. It was initiated in 2004, and represents Formula 1’s first foray into the Middle East.
Transport in BahrainLike most Middle Eastern countries, there are always plenty of taxis available to take you to where you want to go.
However, in Bahrain, this can be quite expensive.
For this reason, it might work out to be cheaper if you were to hire a car. Particularly if you’re visiting for longer than a few days.
You can take the bus, too. This is an inexpensive option, but they can be quite busy, and don’t run on a particularly reliable timetable.
CurrencyThe Bahraini Dinar is used in Bahrain. 1 BHD is equal $2.65 and £1.94.
The cost of living is approximately 31.11% lower than in the United Kingdom.
Insider TipsBefore travelling, make sure that you have obtained all the necessary documents – including a visa – so that you can enter Bahrain without any problems.
While Arabic is the primary language, you will find that most locals – of all ages – speak English very well.
Check out our other travel guides for information on various cities throughout the Middle East.