Holidaymakers looking for an exciting vacation in the Middle East should visit the kingdom of Bahrain. This beautiful country sits to the east of Saudi Arabia and has many things for holidaymakers to see and do. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas and apartments.
Located in The Gulf, Bahrain has many sandy beaches suitable for sunbathing and relaxing. The waters here are generally safe to swim in but it is worth checking with local guides before taking the plunge. Holidaymakers can also enjoy various watersports here such as snorkelling and diving.
Other activities popular here include bowling, arts and crafts courses and dancing. Visitors also enjoy the Funland Centre Ice-Skating Rink at Manama. Sports fans can enjoy a day at the races with the horse racing season running between October and March. Golf is also popular here with the Riffa Golf 18-hole Course a particularly good place to play.
The best of the shops and restaurants are situated in the capital Manama, where visitors will find a good mix of menu options including Arabic, Chinese and European dishes. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drink from supermarkets and fresh food markets. There are plenty of places to find gifts and souvenirs too.
Bahrain offers many interesting places to visit including architectural buildings and museums. For example the Al-Fatih Mosque in Manama is a great way to learn about the Islamic faith, while the Friday Mosque is also a fine building to see. Other structures worth seeing include the Barbar Temple and Qal’at al-Bahrain. The 15-mile bridge King Fahd is one of the most expensive bridges in the world and a popular tourist attraction.
There are some impressive museums in the capital as well including the Bahrain National Museum and the Museum of Pearl Diving. Bab al-Bahrain is known as the ‘Gateway to Bahrain’ and was built by the British in 1945. Bahrain has 85,000 burial grounds, the largest of which is the Royal Tombs in the village of A’ali. Arad Fort is well worth a visit and dates back to the 16th century.
The temperature between April and October averages around 36 degrees centigrade. However, in June and July the maximum temperature can reach up to 48 degrees centigrade. Winter in Bahrain is between December and March when the average temperature of the islands ranges between 10 and 20 degrees centigrade. The annual average rainfall is only 72mm, most of which falls during the winter season.
Bahrain International Airport (BAH) is on Muharraq Island, 12km from the centre of the capital city Manama. Flights arrive here from many international airports including Amsterdam (AMS), Athens (ATH), Frankfurt (FRA), Istanbul-Ataturk (IST), London-Heathrow (LHW) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG). There are several car rental service desks at the public arrivals concourse on the ground floor of the terminal. Taxis are also available outside the terminal building.