The pearl of the gulf has got a rich pearling past, a rich cultural past, a vibrant present and a bright future. A unique country unlike any other, Bahrain is definitely worth a visit. 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 these are the top places to visit in Bahrain.
Learn about the 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.
Check the Bahraini wildlife: Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve
Encompassing more than 80 species of bird, 25 species of flora and 45 species of mammal 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.
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, as well as 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.
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.
Try the delicious Bahraini food: 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.
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.
Enjoy a relaxing evening in Bahrain: 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 life 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.
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