Bahrain, historical archipelago
A jewel of the Middle East, Bahrain is an island country located within the Persian Gulf. Featuring a rich historical backdrop, flights to Bahrain are the ideal opportunity to learn about Middle Eastern culture. Visitors to Bahrain will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the island, as well as opportunities for activities such as diving and shopping. Bahrain was home to the ancient civilisation Dilmun, offering a wealth of historic settlements and temples to visit and enjoy.
A rich history
Those wishing to explore the historical heart of Bahrain will be spoilt for choice during a trip to the country. Bahrain Fort can be found on the northern coast of Bahrain Island, and has been awarded the status of a World Heritage Site. Muharraq Island is the home to Arad Fort, near to Bahrain International Airport and illuminated during the night. Riffa Fort was constructed in 1812, and is an excellent example of a windcatcher - traditional Persian architecture that creates unique natural ventilation.
The Bahrain National Museum is the largest museum in the country, and houses items and artefacts that describe 6,000 years of Bahrain's history.
Culture and entertainment
Located next to the museum is the National Theatre of Bahrain, which opened in 2012 and provides excellent waterfront performances. The theatre showcases a wide range of entertainment, including orchestral music, opera, and pop stars.
Water parks provide an entertaining day out for the whole family, and the number of shopping opportunities will excite any dedicated shopper. There is the choice between traditional shops and high-end modern shopping malls, suitable for retail therapy and souvenir shopping alike.
Sports and activities
Bahrain is home to the Bahrain International Circuit, titled 'The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East'. This is open every day of the year, and holds events suitable for both hardcore race enthusiasts and the casual observer. Also available is the VIVA Karting Track, a state-of-the-art karting facility.
Aside from Bahrain's water parks, there are also water sport activities to try. These include sailing and yachting, and the unique opportunity to go pearl diving. Boat rides are available in order to view wildlife in the surrounding area, such as flamingos and dolphins.