If you’re on the hunt for your next holiday destination then look no further than Bahrain.
An archipelago of 33 islands with beauty in its DNA, Bahrain is teeming with beautiful architecture, rich in history, diverse in culture and full of natural beauty. If you’re fascinated by the Middle East, then the Kingdom of Bahrain should be your next stop. Smaller and less hectic than the more famous Dubai, Bahrain is the rising star of the Persian Gulf. Here’s why you should book your ticket to Bahrain right now.
Famous for its pearls and pearl beds, Bahrain was once the number one pearl supplier on the planet. Visitors can delve deep into the Persian Gulf and experience pearl snorkelling. For those seeking more of a thrill, pearl diving is the best option to discover metres of oyster beds.
Tourists can visit one of the many islands that Bahrain boasts, soak in the sun, venture into the striking desert dunes or go island hopping. Reef Island – located on the North shore of the capital Manama – prides itself on being a place of bliss. On the other hand, the small island of Al Dar, is easy to reach by boat. If you are searching for a laid-back atmosphere and amazing beaches, this little piece of paradise is ideal.
A heavenly stay
Bahrain is home to countless amazing hotels. But the ultimate resort is the Ritz Carlton: a secluded paradise overlooking the golden sands of a private beach, an idyllic lagoon and its own private island. A divine art deco place with views of the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, located only three kilometres from the city centre of Manama.
The Bahrain International Circuit – open all year round for families to take to the world famous track – is home to twelve of the Bahrain Grand Prix. If you are a motor racing fanatic, visit Bahrain in April for a chance to be a spectator at their own Formula One.
A warm welcome
Locals here are friendly and welcoming. Over half of the city’s population are expatriates from all over the world, making Bahrain a wonderful country of multiculturalism.
Bahrain was once home to the ancient Dilmun civilisation. The city is believed to be the birthplace of the very first poem recorded, the Epic of Gilgamesh. Scholars believe that Bahrain (then known as Dilmun) was thought to be where Gilgamesh travelled to seek immortality.
Bahrain is home to a world heritage fort that will take your breath away. If you love architecture, ancient civilisations and far-reaching views then Qal’at al-Bahrain, or Bahrain Fort, is the place for you. But if culture is really what you’re after then make sure to head to Bahrain’s spectacular National Theatre before heading home.
Don’t miss out on the ‘Gold City’ in the capital of Manama, an area abundant in diamonds, gold and Bahraini pearls – and some of the world’s most exquisite jewellery. If precious stones are not your favourite – you will find perfumes, medicinal herbs and mango ice cream in Manama Souq too.
The Al-Fateh Mosque is the largest place of worship in Bahrain, and holds up to 7000 devotees. The beautiful site also features a large dome at the top of the mosque which is made entirely out of fibreglass, making it currently the world’s largest fibreglass dome and something truly special. If you don’t want to miss anything, book your Bahrain historical private tour. This tour is all about history of Bahrain covering The Grand Mosque, Bait Al Quran and Bahrain National Museum.
A stunning spa
At 10,000 square-metres, Al Areen Spa is the largest spa in the Middle East, designed with inspiration from the gardens of the Royal Arabian palaces. Al Areen includes twelve spa pavilions, each one with twin rain mist shower beds, infinity bathtubs and a private garden.
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