Bahrain overview

Bahrain is located in the Arabian Gulf just off the east coast of Saudi Arabia. It is promoted as the ‘Island of Golden Smiles’, and is one of the more liberal of the Gulf States and has become increasingly popular in recent years with travellers. It is consists of 33 islands and the main island is also named Bahrain.

There are many places worth visiting in Bahrain and the first stop for most tourists to Bahrain is Manama, the capital. Here you can visit the fascinating National Museum. Also of interest is Beit Al-Qur’an, which boasts a valuable collection of Holy Qur’ans and manuscripts.

World Trade Center, Manama, Bahrain

World Trade Center, Manama, Bahrain

You should also make a trip to the Manama Souk (market). Here you will find all sorts of interesting goods on sale, from brightly coloured cloth, jewellery and gold, to spices and local products.

The beaches in Bahrain are beautiful, especially those on the Hawar Islands, but the waters are very shallow so if you want to swim, it is best to use the hotel pools. Golf and horseback riding are also popular pastimes here.

Hotels in Bahrain

There is a wide range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets in Bahrain and all international hotel chains are represented here. Prices for a double room in a mid-range hotel are similar to what you would pay in Europe but cheaper options are available for those on a shoestring.

Airports in Bahrain

Most people coming to Bahrain will arrive at Bahrain International Airport, which is on Muharraq Island, about 12kms from Manama. There are direct flights to Bahrain from most major international airports. The only land border with Bahrain is across the King Fahd Causeway into Saudi Arabia.