The Kingdom of Bahrain is a fascinating travel destination in the Middle East that boasts spectacular architecture, beautiful beaches, desert landscapes, top-class shopping opportunities, authentic cuisine and much more. It’s hot all year round in Bahrain, with average daytime temperatures in the early twenties during the colder months – perfect for a winter getaway. Brightsun has a range of luxury holidays to Bahrain, allowing you to visit this ancient kingdom in style.
50% of Bahrain’s population is made up of Bahrainis, which is a much higher percentage of locals than Dubai and Qatar, so you can really experience the authentic Middle East culture here. There is an excellent range of cultural attractions in Bahrain, including galleries and museums and the Bahrain Pearling Trail. The Kingdom of Bahrain is also steeped in history, dating back to over 5000 years during the ancient Dilmun civilisation. Visitors can explore Bahrain’s rich history at the Bahrain National Museum.
Al Dar, one of Bahrain’s stunning surrounding islands is located just a short boat ride away from the city with beautiful beach to relax on as well as exciting water activities to enjoy. This is a must visit on a trip to Bahrain. If you’re after an adrenaline rush, then why not enjoy a go kart race on a Formula One track at the Bahrain International Circuit? You could also spend a day at the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park, or perhaps embark on an enticing desert safari.
Juffair Mall, Awal Ave, Manama 000, Bahrain
Wyndham Garden, Building, 65 Road 4003? Manama, Bahrain
Rd No 5715 Amwaj BH 257? Rd No 5715, Bahrain
Building 507, Road 2408, Block 324 Juffair, Kingdom of Bahrain
121 Shaikh Hamad Causeway, Manama, Bahrain
Currency: You’ll be spending Bahraini dinars.
Language: Arabic, but English is widely spoken.
Local Time: Three hours ahead of GMT.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately seven-and-a-half hours from London, and eleven-and-a-half hours from Newcastle.
Tourist Information: Visit the official Bahrain tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.
Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Bahrain, British citizens need a valid passport and a short-term travel visa is required. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for Bahrain.
A: Yes, visas must be applied for when travelling to Bahrain. Arrange yours with Brightsun Travel.
A: Tourists should always dress respectfully.
A: From December to March when the weather is cooler.
A: Crime is relatively low.
A: Yes, but being drunk and disorderly is not acceptable.
Bahrain has many UNESCO World heritage sites, including the Old Town of Muharqq Island, once the ancient centre of the pearl industry. It has atmospheric, winding alleys, historic architecture, and many small shops selling traditional cakes and crafts. The castle of Qu'at Al-Bahrain near Manama has foundations dating back to 2,300 BC. The eleventh-century Al Khamis Mosque is the oldest in the kingdom. It includes a visitor centre with interesting memorabilia.
The desert landscape has many famous landmarks. Shajarat-al-Hayat, the Tree of Life, should be on every tourist's itinerary. It's a solitary tree in the middle of the desert. According to legend, the 400-year-old tree is a surviving link to the Biblical Garden of Eden. Hikers are sure to appreciate Jebel Al Dukhan, an elevated hill with numerous caves.
The Al Areen Wildlife Park has landscaped walks and thousands of plants and wildlife such as flamingos and Arabian oryx. Prince Khalifa bin Salman Park is a green oasis with family attractions including a boating lake, views of the Gulf, and walking and cycling routes. The Royal Camel Park near Manama is a free attraction where Royal-owned camels enjoy a life of luxury. Other outdoor pursuits include go-karting and the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park.
August has the highest average temperatures which often reach 36.1°C (97°F). January usually has the lowest temperature of around 17.7°C (64°F). The wettest month is November with up to 1" of rain. Strong winds in February may cause sandstorms.
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