Nature lovers, sun worshippers and history enthusiasts alike will love Bahrain. Surrounded by shallow waters and known for its rare birds, archaeological sites and attractive beaches, it really does have something for everyone.
Top things to see and do
- Take a speedboat to the Hawar Islands and enjoy a day at the hotel resort there. Jet-skiing, volleyball, tennis and snorkelling are just a few of the sports on offer, plus you can have fun with the kids at the water park and relax on the pristine beaches.
- Shop for souvenirs in the lanes of the Manama souk, browse the department stores of Bahrain Mall or hunt for bargains at the Isa Town flea market.
- See desert creatures of Bahrain including Arabian oryx and Persian gazelle when you visit the Al Areen wildlife park and reserve, 20km from the capital, Manama.
- Take a drive along the King Fahad Causeway which links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. It’s one of the longest bridges in the world between two countries. Remember you’ll probably need a visa if you actually want to go into Saudi Arabia.
Tips for travellers
Visit the famous ancient Bahrain burial mounds – there are up to 20,000 of them left in the country.
Some of the most interesting examples can be found in A'ali village where you’ll see mounds up to 80ft high.