‘The Kingdom of Bahrain is a cluster of islands, with many travellers unaware of its cultural and historical riches. We speak to its people to give you some insight’
When it comes to a must visit, I recommend Bahrain Fort Museum in Seef. It is a combination of a historic fort right by the sea, which visitors can see and enter, along with a small museum showing many of the items found inside the fort in addition to other items relevant to the history of the fort and Bahrain as a whole. The museum also has a nice coffee shop where one can sit and enjoy a coffee indoors, or outdoors by the sea when the weather is nice.
Bahrain is an island, so when the weather is nice and not too hot, beaches are the perfect place to chill out. I recommend Marassi Beach in Diyar Al-Muharraq or the newly opened Golden Beach in Durrat Al-Bahrain, where one can enter for a small entrance fee. For chilling out in the evening, I really love the view from the Blue Moon Lounge on the 50th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain Bay. The view is just fantastic, you can see the entire Manama skyline.
The first in the list for me is Bahrain National Museum because it explains the entire geographical, cultural and historical aspects of Bahrain dating back to the 5000 BC. Second is Bait Al Quran, which shows you religious artwork, Islamic geometry and calligraphy. The third is Arad Fishing Harbour where one can witness the manufacturing of old Bahraini dhows, which are a huge part of Bahrain’s maritime heritage culture. Fourth is the Al-Fateh Mosque, for its Islamic architecture and geometry.
While at the beach, one can see breathtaking views and experience world class kitesurfing. Bahrain is also famous for other adventure sports like paddle-boarding and snorkelling tour with Beach Culture. Guided by locals who will expose you to the ins and outs of the island. You can also do SUP Yoga with Beach Culture at Bahrain Bay. You can also try out a bicycle tour where you can cycle in the old markets and several other places.
The Bahrain Fort is a beautiful heritage site that has been remodeled from the ruins. Accompanied by a small museum about the history of the fort adjacent to a cozy cafe, both located at the entrance of the fort, a perfect time to visit this location would be for a sunset stroll. Breakfast at Saffron or Naseef is a perfect introduction to a traditional Bahraini breakfast. The Farmer’s Market is a hidden gem off Budiya Highway. Another fun afternoon activity is paying a visit to the Camel Farms off Janabiyah Highway.
Breakfast at Emmawash is always a fun stop, you can even draw on the walls, which makes the place great for families with children. Another one is Lumee that has a mix and match offer on breakfast, a great bargain for those who like to taste a bit of everything. Every Bahraini loves Coco’s, it is one of the oldest restaurants in Adliya.
Bahrain Fort and the Old Houses of Muharraq are a must in order to feel the history and culture, and to click amazing Instagram pictures. La Fontaine Contemporary Art Centre is a magical and historic Bahraini residential mansion, converted into an art complex hosting various open-air events and exhibitions. I’d recommend anyone to visit the Bahrain National Museum. It is a beautifully done place accommodating the artifacts from the ancient Dilmun civilisation, which Bahrain takes its origin from dated 5000 BC.
La Savage steakhouse at The Domain restaurant is famous for great food and the best panoramic views in town. Block 338 is a whole restaurant complex for a great gastro tour where you can move from one place to another in just minutes.