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Destinations Bahrain's top tourist places list: 10 places to visit in Bahrain November 04, 2021

The pearl of the gulf has got a rich past, a vibrant present, and a bright future. A unique country unlike any other, Bahrain is definitely worth a visit. Tourism in Bahrain offers diversity, there are various things to do and numerous places to visit in Bahrain. If you are interested in ancient history Bahrain was the center of the ancient Dilmun civilization. If you are interested in modern history Bahrain was the pearling hub of the gulf. And if you are interested in a beach vacation Bahrain is an archipelago! The charming small country has got a lot to offer, from Bahrain National Museum to superior night spots. If you are thinking of heading there for a marvelous tour and a prime vacation these are the top places to visit in Bahrain.   Where to go in Bahrain: Places to visit in Bahrain Get some water action: Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park Spreading over a total area of around 77,000 square meters, Lost Paradise of Dilmun is the largest water park in Bahrain. The park is themed around the ancient Dilmun civilization, and the attention to detail in the architecture, water fixtures, and stone statues is mesmerizing. It comprises several different areas that feature diverse attractions. There are attractions that range from relaxing to exhilarating, in addition to kids’ areas and sandy beaches. This is a place that is sure to please any traveler looking to have some water fun in the Kingdom. Al Dar Islands Al Dar Islands is a nice break from the mainland and is popular with families. You will find shallow swimming areas, various day-accommodation options, a bar, a covered play area for kids, a gym, and two decent eateries.   Jarada Island Jarada is a magic island that appears and disappears with the tide, who wouldn't want to visit such a marvelous place. The island features clear water and white sandy beaches, which makes it a brilliant place to take a day trip and relax in Bahrain. Hawar Islands A quick and low-cost trip? Then a trip to the Hawar Islands, southeast of the mainland, and close to Qatar is a perfect option. This place is a perfect destination for all nature lovers and wildlife adventurers, it is home to various types of wildlife and a very interesting place for bird watchers and divers. It is now a resort with hotels and water-sports rentals to venture into the Arabian Gulf. And therefore it is considered one of the best places to visit in Bahrain. Amwaj Islands Amwaj Islands is a group of artificial islands. It is the most attractive region in Bahrain and one of the most important tourist places in Bahrain. Amwaj Islands has many fascinating attractions, which include shopping malls, luxury restaurants, cafes, and resorts, being a rapidly growing city, it features luxurious towers making it a leading attraction for investors. Get familiar with the old Bahraini culture: Manama Souq One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the old culture of Bahrain is to take a journey in one of the Kingdom’s old Souqs (Souq is the Arabic word for marketplace). Manama Souq is an open-air market where you can still experience the authentic street life of the kingdom, starting with its location in the heart of Manama. Marking the entrance to Manama Souq is Bab al-Bahrain, which is a historical building shaped like an arch. Go through this gateway to experience true Bahrain. You can find everything in this old market, from expensive jewelry to souvenirs to exotic spices and local dates. It is a must-visit not only to get to know authentic Bahrain but also to shop for merchandise that you cannot find anywhere else. Freej Bin Rashdan Relaxing authentic décor, traditional Bahraini food, and generously portioned dishes, no wonder Freej Bin Rashdan is one of the most popular restaurants in Bahrain and one of the most important places to visit in Bahrain. The simple décor coupled with the generous portions will make you feel as if you are visiting a traditional Bahraini home. And just like at home, not everything on the menu is always available. It is always a good idea to ask the staff about their recommendations for the day. Do not forget to check the surrounding area. The restaurant is located in Dohat Arad garden in Muharraq, and the very popular Arad Bay & Park and its lovely waterfront walkway are nearby. Learn about Bahraini history: Bahrain National Museum Visiting Bahrain National Museum is an outstanding way to learn all about the history of Bahrain. It is without a doubt one of the top places to visit in Bahrain. The building itself is enough of an attraction with its beautiful architecture and stunning beachfront location. Built in 1988, the museum extends over a total area of 27,800 square meters. It features nine halls across six main sections, summarizing 4,000 years of the Kingdom’s history. The archaeological finds from ancient Dilmun make some of the most popular attractions but the reproduction of the old Souq is definitely not to be missed as well. Moreover, the museum is not just a place to feature the rich past, the theater holds all kinds of shows, and there are also new contemporary exhibits all the time. Beit Al Quran Beit Al Quran has the finest collection of ancient Qurans in the region; this wonderful place displays Qurans from almost every century since the advent of Islam in 610, as well as some of the earliest translations into European languages. In addition to Qurans, it also houses manuscripts, woodcarvings and examples of Islamic calligraphy, and houses a library that is home to works by the likes of ancient Persian poets Rumi and Omar Khayyam. There is also the miniature Qurans, the smallest of which (from 18th-century Persia) measures only 4.7cm by 3.2cm. Al Fatih Mosque Al Fatih Mosque is Bahrain's grand mosque, built as a grand statement in honor of the founder of modern Bahrain, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Muhammad Bin Khalifa, who was known as 'Al Fatih'. Marble was brought over from Italy to adorn the floor, glass from Austria was put into the windows, and teak from India was carved to make the majestic 6m-high doors. Al Fatih is able to hold up to 7000 worshippers and has dedicated English- and Arabic-speaking guides on hand every day to give free guided tours. Bahrain Fort The majestic Bahrain Fort stares out across the Gulf. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site believed to have been the capital of the ancient Dilmun Empire where humans have continuously inhabited since 2300 BC. The fort is supported by a stylish, modern visitor center and an excellent museum, where you can pick up a free audio-guide then enjoy having a drink at the Museum Café. Riffa Fort Riffa Fort was built in 1812 by Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmad Al Fatih, the 19th-century ruler of Bahrain. A classic piece of Bahraini fortification, it now boasts a small museum with raised walkways leading through a series of interactive spaces that really enhance the visitor experience. Pop into the fort's mosque near the northern corner and then go enjoy the scene on the cafe's outdoor glass terrace overlooking the Hunayniyah Valley. Qalat Arad Built in the early 15th century by the Portuguese, Qalat Arad is named after the Greek name for Muharraq: Arados. Qalat Arad is a pleasant location overlooking the bay, especially at sunset when locals go to the neighboring park. In addition to the previously mentioned places, you may also want to visit Amwaj Islands, Adhari Park, Wahooo Waterpark, Huwar Island, Tasneem Garden, AAli Pottery Factory, and Traditional houses of Muharraq. Bab Al Bahrain One of the tourist places that attract the attention of all tourists, the ancient gate was restored in 1945 by Sir Charles Belgrave, who was the advisor to the government of Bahrain at that time. It was renewed again in 1986 By placing the Islamic character in all the details, rich in accurate inscriptions and Quranic verses in the most beautiful Arabic calligraphy. Bab Al Bahrain is located at the entrance to the central business district and is a great place to take some souvenir photos, and many activities are held at Bab Al Bahrain, such as exhibitions that are filled with popular products, handmade and home products. Relax amidst nature Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve   Encompassing more than 80 species of bird, 25 species of flora, and 45 species of mammals as well as several herds of gorgeous mature oryx, Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve is definitely a place that you should visit in Bahrain. Spread over a total area of 10 square kilometers in Sakhir, Al Areen Wildlife Park is a zoo and a natural reserve. It is the only protected area on land in the Kingdom. It was built in 1976, but the park has undergone significant renovations over the past years. The latest additions include an impressive aviary and an Arabian wild animals complex. Tree of life Can you imagine that just a tree attracting hundreds of visitors daily and more than 50,000 travelers annually come to take pictures in its shade!. The Tree of Life is not like any other. It is in the desert and the secret of its survival without water has not been found yet. It is a grand tree in Bahrain located on the top of 25 feet sandy created around a 500-year-old stronghold. This tree is about 400 years old and 32 feet long. Don't miss visiting the Tree of Life. Enjoy the activities in Bahrain  Gravity in Bahrain Do you want to do something different? Enjoy a unique flying experience in a safe environment without having to jump out of an airplane! Everyone can enjoy this unforgettable experience.  Horse riding in Bahrain Enjoy riding an Arabian horse in Bahrain with the golden light of the desert at sunset. You will have a great time around Bahrain Fort, witnessing the magnificence of the fort while you practice this elegant sport, or you can breathe the fresh air of the beach while enjoying horse riding. Massage in Bahrain Relaxation helps you in your Daily Work, and massage helps bring your body, mind, and soul into balance. It will also leave you unstressed and so relaxed. You can choose from a variety of massage types like Oil Massage, Thai massage, Hot stone, Balinese massage, Chocolate body massage, deep tissue, Migraine Relief Massage, Moroccan bath, and more. Pearl Diving in Bahrain Did you try to swim with the colorful fishes and dive to collect pearls by yourself?  You can enjoy this marvelous experience in Bahrain, the island of pearls, discover the beauty of the seas, and explore the exciting world of underwater life. Bahrain international circuit Racing in the desert presents several challenges. Formula one “F1” was stepped into Bahrain in 2004 for motor racing fans. Thousands of visitors come to visit this track every year - which is 5.4 km long - to watch the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain. Bahrain World Trade Center The Bahrain Mall includes Bahrain's largest malls, the most upscale cafes, luxurious restaurants, and many entertainment venues, and for this, it is considered one of the most important tourist attractions throughout the year in Bahrain, as it is distinguished by its architectural design with smart building methods that provide the largest number of its visitors. The Bahrain World Trade Center is located in the middle of the capital of Bahrain, Manama, with a wonderful view of the Bahrain Corniche. It is made up of two identical giant towers in the form of a sail. Each tower consists of 44 floors, and the center includes the company’s offices and a Sheraton hotel. Have dinner after a long day Typhoon Not only is the outside terrace bordered by a running fish stream with lots of brightly colored koi, but it is also surrounded by the hotel’s extensive gardens. With the daily live music, this venue feels like a tropical garden in the heart of the Kingdom. This lounge lies in the Gulf Hotel in Adliya, if you are looking for a place to enjoy a relaxing evening in Bahrain it is a good quiet way to experience the nightlife in Bahrain. The acoustic band plays old school music and the toothsome Saigon chicken comes highly recommended. For more places to visit in Bahrain see also: Travel packages in Bahrain Cycling in Bahrain Kids activity Best value for money: the top 7 cheap hotels in Bahrain

Caribbean Hidden gems: Explore the marvelous beauty of Saint Kitts November 04, 2021

With pristine beaches, colorful tropical forests, and balmy weather, Saint Kitts is a true island paradise in the Caribbean. The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, usually shortened as Saint Kitts and Nevis, is an island country in the West Indies. It is one of the smallest countries in the world and the smallest sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere. The country is as lightly populated as it is small, which makes this tine country a quiet escape from reality. Let’s explore the amazing beauty of Saint Kitts and check its best tourist attractions. A tour in Basseterre Saint Kitts' lively capital, Basseterre, is the perfect place to start your tour. The narrow downtown streets along with the stunning architecture of the old buildings make the city utterly picturesque. The downtown lies next to the cruise ship terminal in Port Zante. It is lined with duty-free shops and souvenir stalls for the tourists who only have enough time to explore a tiny bit of the beautiful city. While in Basseterre, do not forget to visit the National Museum. It lies in the 1894 Old Treasury Building, which is a perfect background for the small museum. It features artifacts from colonial and sugar history as well as displays of the local lifestyle and traditions. The Treasury Building is also renowned because it was formerly known as the gateway to the island as its archway was the point of entry from the pier for passengers arriving at the island by the ship. Central Reserve Rain Forest The Central Reserve Rain Forest covers an extensive area that makes almost 25% of the island. It extends from the mountains in the center of the island to the coastline. The rainforest features lush greenery that only grows on volcanic lands such as this. The area has been protected since 1902. There are a number of hiking trails to follow, most of which offer great views and are easy to follow. You can see a wide variety of wildlife. Interestingly enough, even though wild monkeys outnumber humans on the island, they are the most difficult to spot, even in the rainforest. They are very shy and can camouflage themselves very well amidst the dense vegetation as they are green. Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Construction of this fortress began in 1690 and lasted for almost a century as it was sort of a never-ending project for the British. This might explain why it is very well-preserved after all these years. The impressive fortress and the surrounding grounds became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. The fortress is situated atop the hill which makes for a breathtaking view. It features exhibits and videos about the history of the fort and the history of the island. As you get to the top, do not forget to ring the tower bell, it is a unique experience that is guaranteed to transfer you through time. The sugar train The charming colorful double-decker train that drives around the coastline is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. It is the loveliest way to explore Saint Kitts. Built between 1912 and 1926, the railway was formerly used to transport sugar from plantations to factories. It got out of use in 2005 when sugar production ceased. It is currently used as a popular tourist attraction. Often during the journey, a group of Cappella singers sings calypsos. The views of plantation houses and lush vegetation are something to behold. The stunning beaches Needless to say that the Caribbean island features superior beaches; the white sandy beaches are almost unreal. Diving sites in the crystal clear waters around the island are varied and plentiful, from rich marine life to shipwreck, they offer something for everyone. Moreover, the water temperature stays warm enough to swim all year round. Visit neighboring Nevis Nevis lies just 2.5 miles from Saint Kitts, across the channel known as The Narrows. You can take the ferry to explore the beautiful small island. Nevis may be the smaller one of the two sister islands but it still has many attractions to offer visitors, including volcanoes and some stunning waterfalls, and hot springs. Be sure to pay a visit to the renowned Botanical Gardens of Nevis while you are there. They offer an astounding experience that mixes rich colorful landscapes with ancient sculptures and stunning water features. Also, pay a visit to The Nevisian Heritage Village. Administered by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, this mesmerizing village magnificently represents the evolution of Nevisian social history through houses dating from the Carib Indian era. The houses are mostly replicas furnished with antiques and relics of their appropriate periods. Alongside residential houses, the exhibition includes a blacksmith's shop, rum shop, and a shoemaker's shop. And it's not just houses that you get to see, the backyard gardens house beautiful flowers and various species of indigenous plants and trees. And, there's even an area for animal rearing. To learn more about exotic countries see also: Canary Tour: Where to go in the Canary Islands Places to visit in Indonesia with a detailed plan of the places you shouldn’t miss

Destinations Where to go: The smallest countries in the world November 04, 2021

Wondering where to go this summer? Dreaming about visiting unique destinations? About going somewhere you have never been before? How about visiting one of the smallest countries in the world! If you dream about traveling to interesting destinations, one-of-a-kind places that make for a wonderful trip and a unique memory, then this article is for you. If you are still searching where to go this summer travel off the beaten path and try visiting one of the smallest countries in the world. Each with its own government, its own traditions, and its own culture, these small countries are some of the most fascinating places in the world. Vatican City With a tiny area of around 0.44 square kilometers, Vatican City is by far the smallest country in the world. And yet this small country is very much worth a visit. Of course, the whole city can be toured in one day; that is why most people add the city on their trip to Italy. Vatican City was declared an independent state in 1929. It is situated on the western bank of the Tiber River, and its 2-mile border is landlocked by Italy. Of course, any trip to the Vatican is primarily a culture and art trip, the small country comprises one of the world’s greatest art collections. Don’t forget to check the Vatican Museums. No one would think such a small country contains such a large museum; the massive museum complex occupies the 5.5-hectare Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano. Monaco With a total land area of only 2 square kilometers, Monaco is the second smallest country in the world. It is also the world's most densely populated country. However, most of this population is rich, which makes the small country home to the largest number of millionaires and billionaires in the world per capita. Situated on the French Riviera, Monaco is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on one side and by France on the other three sides. One of the most fascinating tourist attractions in Monaco is the aquarium, Musée Océanographique de Monaco. The aquarium houses around 90 tanks comprising a dazzling 450 the Mediterranean and tropical species, as well as stunning coral reefs. Tuvalu With a total area of 26 square kilometers, Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a tiny island that looks lost in the mighty Pacific Ocean northeast of Australia. The incredible turquoise waters, the rich marine life, and the unbelievable quiet and serenity make the remote country worth visiting. There aren’t many accommodation options in the tiny country, only one hotel, one lodge, one motel, and some family-run guesthouses. But there are, however, some restaurants which are mainly there to accommodate the 10,000 population of the country. San Marino With a total area of 61 square kilometers, San Marino, also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, is landlocked by Italy. It might be one of the smallest countries in the world, but San Marino is one of the wealthiest in terms of GDP per capita. The country is positioned 657 meters above sea level, which provides outstanding views of the surrounding countryside and Adriatic coast. The capital, San Marino, is the most beautiful though, even though the surrounding quaint villages are charming in their own way. The site "San Marino: Historic Centre and Mount Titano" has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. Liechtenstein With a total land area of 160 square kilometers, Liechtenstein is the richest country in the world by GDP per capita. It is located between Switzerland and Austria and is the only nation in the world to be completely located in the Alps. Because of its small size and mountainous nature, Liechtenstein does not have an airport. You can only go there by bus from either Switzerland or Austria. The small country is a haven for nature lovers; the picturesque green mountains, ancient castles, and small villages make this tine country something out of a fairy tale. See also: Tourism in the Alps: what to do in Liechtenstein Marshall Islands Visiting this small country is a life goal for many divers! If you love diving this is where to go! With a total area of 181 square kilometers, The Republic of the MarshalI Islands is considered to be part of Micronesia. Approximately halfway between the US State of Hawaii and the continent of Australia, the area surrounding the island features exceptional biodiversity housing more than 800 species of fish and almost 160 kinds of coral. To read more about some of the smallest countries in the world see also: Hidden gems: Explore the marvelous beauty of Saint Kitts Bahrain's top tourist places list: 10 places to visit in Bahrain

Adventure From surfing to skiing: The best destinations for water sports November 04, 2021

It is the summer time and the weather is fine, in fact the time cannot be more perfect for water sports. Even if you are not into extreme sports like water surfing and skiing, you can try a more quiet sport like swimming with the dolphins. And even if it is not summer in your country it has got to be summer somewhere on the planet. So let’s check the best destinations to enjoy water sports. And maybe, just maybe, you will be tempted like us to make a plan and visit each and every one of these destinations. Water surfing in Fulong Beach, Taiwan One of the best places in the world for water surfing is this long stretch of golden beach in Taiwan. If you are looking for the ultimate water sports experience you can swim, surf, and sail year round in this 3 kilometer beach. If you are into all kinds of sports the area also features a picturesque hiking trail, as well as a marvelous cycling path. If you are not much into sports you can still enjoy the pristine beach and beautiful scenery, the area hosts Taiwan’s biggest outdoor music festival as well. Just an hour away from Taipei by train, this village in Taiwan certainly deserves a visit, especially if you are into water sports! Water surfing in Tofino, Canada They call this place the surf capital of Canada because surfing is a culture in Tofino. You will encounter people who live to surf there, as well as beginners who travel there for the world renowned surfing schools. Because of the very long days, people enjoy the beaches in Torino well until 10 and 11 p.m during the summer months. Endless summer days at the beach, who would say no to that? The marvelous beauty of the long stretches of beach in this British Colombia town is enough reason to go, even if you do not plan to surf. Watching the exquisite sunrise or sunset is reason enough to go. Kite surfing in Essaouira, Morocco Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Essaouira is known as the Windy City. This makes this beautiful little town in Morocco with its 10 kilometer sandy beach a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Kite-surfing in specific has gained popularity there; you cannot miss the colorful kites on the beach as soon as you reach the city. You do not have to be an avid surfer however to enjoy the beach, this picturesque town with its golden beach and diverse culture make for a great vacation anyway. Tour packages in Morocco Water skiing in Rhodes, Greece This stunning Greek island is one of the top places for water skiing because of its calm and crystal-like water and beautiful beaches. The Aegean Sea surrounding the island provides the perfect opportunity to sail at full speed and enjoy skiing among picturesque surroundings. Even amateurs and beginners can ski in Rhodes, courses are available with qualified instructors and the water is very calm and clear. Tour packages in Greece Swimming with the dolphins in Port Louis, Mauritius Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Mauritius is renowned for more than just lazing at the beautiful beaches. Swimming with the dolphins is one of the most popular activities in Mauritius as wild dolphins can be found around the island. In addition to that, the island is famous for sea kayaking as well. So maybe try that too if you are the adventurous type. Or, if you are not into all that, you can just relax at some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world and take a cruise to watch the wild dolphins. Scuba diving in Marsa Alam, Egypt Colorful coral reefs, rich marine life, crystal clear waters and wonderful beaches; Marsa Alam is one of the best diving spots in the world. The area is home to several dolphin species, turtles and many endemic Red Sea species. It is also one of the best places in the world for underwater photography due to the clarity of the water. If you do not know how to dive do not fret, the city is home to several diving schools where you can learn and practice over a short vacation. Or, if you are not interested in sports, you can still enjoy the scenery and relax at the beautiful sandy beaches and maybe take a cruise on a glass boat to check the marine life. Tour packages in Egypt To learn more about water sports see also: Diving into water: Discover The Underwater World’s Magical Colours A Tour around Seas and Oceans: Most Unique Beaches in the World