- Manama Souk
Manama Souk is in a maze of traditional, small streets behind Bab Al-Bahrain (or Gate of Bahrain) and is the place to go for an extraordinary array of goods such as cheap electronic items, bargain T-shirts, nuts and spices. Great for exploring.
- Muharraq Heritage Zone
This is now a Unesco World Heritage Site; a 3.5 km trail located in Muharraq, wonderful for exploring the narrow streets and alleys and discovering historic buildings as you go. Start at the car park for Al Saidi House, allow plenty of time and don’t be surprised if you get lost!
- Qal’at Al Bahrain & Site Museum
For a family trip with a bit of culture, you should visit Qal’at Al Bahrain, otherwise known as Bahrain Fort. This beautiful fort is now a Unesco World Heritage Site and is a great space for exploring, with a lovely walking path around the outside. It is connected to a museum that gives details of the site’s history, dating back to 2,800BC.
- Riffa Fort
Sheikh Salman bin Ahmed Al-Fateh Fort is often known as Riffa Fort owing to its location. If you want to learn all about the ruling Al-Khalifa family, this is the place to go. The modern visitor center (which has fabulous views) includes a “family tree” and supplies information and history of the royal family.
- Saar and A’ali Burial Mounds
Amongst Bahrain’s mysterious ancient remains are the thousands of burial mounds that dominate the landscape north of the Island. Spanning the Dilmun era to the Tylos era, the burial mounds are unique in terms of number and concentration. The best preserved and most impressive mounds are the royal burial mounds in the village of A’ali.
- Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture
Starting with the opening in 2002, the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research has hosted over 200 speakers, philosophers, poets and thinkers, who have presented their thoughts in the center’s weekly lecture program. As the demand for cultural activities and a need for the preservation of our Bahraini heritage grew, the center expanded. To date, the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research has restored around ten traditional Bahraini houses in Muharraq and Manama, many belonging to leading Bahraini personalities or families.
- 17 322 549
- Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House
Located in the old part of Muharraq, this historic house is considered one of the most impressive examples of Gulf Islamic architecture in Bahrain. Most notable are the windtowers, and the courtyards. Tricky to find, but only a stroll away from Siyadi House on the Muharraq Heritage Walk.
- 17 334 945