As the world is waking up to the Middle East’s potential for crafting a complete and fulfilling holiday experience, Bahrain is emerging one of the aces the region has in its pack. From culture, natural beauty, and popular attractions to all modern trappings a modern traveller is used to, Bahrain has plenty going throughout the year for amusement of all kinds of visitors.
Here are our top picks for experiences that you must seek while in Bahrain:
Begin Your Day with a Bahraini Breakfast
The award-winning Saffron by Jena is one of the best places in Bahrain to begin your day with a hearty Bahraini breakfast fare. A distinctive combination of traditional flavours, albeit with a modern twist dominate the kitchens of restaurant. The restaurant is situated in a traditional corner of the city and attracts a loyal patronage. Their royal breakfast platter, coming with eight servings, is the one you need to keep a definitive eye for. It’s mandatory to end your sumptuous fare with a warm glass of saffron tea, one of the best you would’ve had in a long time.
Be Enamoured by the Grandeur of Al Fateh Grand Mosque
The largest mosque in Bahrain, Al Fateh Grand Mosque, with a capacity of holding 7000 people at a time, is a beholding site. A lot of effort has been put into the construction of this stunning mosque – including the import of Italian marble, glass from Austria as well as Indian teak. The mosque also boasts an enviable selection of hand-blown glass lamps as well as the one of the largest fibreglass domes in the world. Those who like to read can seek an impressive collection of valuable Islamic Literature at the National Library of Bahrain that is hosted on the premises of the mosque.
Take a Tour of Bahrain International Circuit
Touted as “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, a visit to the Bahrain International Circuit is sure to kick in adrenaline. Automobile enthusiasts fly here from far and wide to be a part of some of the most prestigious racing events including drag-racing, the GP2 Series and the annual Bahrain Grand Prix. There’s plenty to do here even when none of these major events is happening. You can participate in a go karting session, go for a Radical SR3 ride or test your courage by riding the Sky Coaster.
Witness the Sunset from the Bahrain Fort or the Marassi Al Bahrain Beach
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bahrain Fort has a rich history dating back to 5000 years. Once the capital of the ancient Dilman Civilisation, the Fort now stands a beautiful testament to many eras gone by. It is especially rewarding to watch the orange hues of the setting sun enveloping the entire city from here. Another great place in Bahrain for those who like sunsets is the Marassi Al Bahrain beach where locals and tourists visit to spend some leisurely hours as well as for enjoying water sports such as paddle boarding and kayaking.
Visit the Traditional Manama Souk
Located in the heart of Manama, the eponymous souk necessitates a visit from those looking for insights into Bahrain’s local culture and day-to-day life. The dramatic entrance of the souq – Bab Al Bahrain – is also popular as the ‘Gateway to Bahrain’ and remains lined up by street vendors and shoppers trying to negotiate deals. The souk itself has abundant shops selling everything from nuts, spices and handcrafts to sheesha, clothing and electronics.