The Bahrain Fort is a fascinating archaeological site and was once the capital of the Ancient Dilmun civilisation. For an unforgettable Bahraini experience, you can travel to the fort on horseback and finish your tour at a nearby beach for sunset.
Bahraini pearls have long been considered the best in the world, attracting the praise of many from Alexander the Great to Jacques Cartier. Take the UNESCO Bahrain Pearling Trail to follow in their footsteps, visiting palaces and merchant houses, each one an opulent example of traditional, Arabic architecture. Or join a pearl-diving tour, to search the seabed with help from the experts, any pearls you do find are yours to keep forever! If that’s not enough for you to explore, why not visit Bahrain’s newest attraction, the world’s largest underwater theme park, which opened in the Summer of 2019. The theme park offers divers the chance to swim down to the ocean floor where a 747 Jumbo Jet, some traditional pearl merchants houses and dhows (ships) await them. Each structure has been treated to ensure that it is environmentally friendly and a hub for new coral and marine life to grow upon.
For those that prefer a more modern take on culture, Bahrain is home to an International art scene, which combines traditional and contemporary artists from around the world. For over a decade Bahrain’s ‘Spring of Culture’ has bought locals, tourists and art enthusiasts to the Kingdom. The festival celebrates all of the Arts, including live performances, exhibitions and film screenings.
For another authentic taste of local life, visit Bahrain’s biggest mosque: the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, which encompasses a huge 6,500 square metres, with space for up to 7,000 worshippers at a time. Visitors are welcomed warmly on arrival: they’re dressed in traditional clothing by locals and made to feel like part of the community throughout the tour.