Bahrain may not be the first place that comes in mind when you think about a family holiday abroad. However, this beautiful island located off the coast of Qatar and Saudi Arabia in the western section of the Persian Gulf, with its beautiful landscape and rich culture makes it a wholesome holiday destination for families.
Best Time to visit Bahrain
Due to its location in the heart of the Gulf, Bahrain is usually hot in summers with temperatures reaching up to 50°C, but it gets milder in the winters. The waters around Bahrain are generally shallow and can heat up quickly which results in high humidity especially at night. This being said, it is best to visit Bahrain during the winter months, between November and April to make the most of what it offers.
Why visit Bahrain with Family
Bahrain is filled with places worth visiting that have a lot of cultural and religious value. Among these, the Ahmed Al Fateh Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque, is a beautifully designed, humble establishment that gives its guest the warmest of welcomes. Also pay a visit to the Bahrain Fort which is a UNESCO listed defensive fort built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. A walk through the fort is a great way to get a taste of Bahrain’s history.
Indulge in the delicious local cuisine of Bahrain during your trip. Try the local Biryani, Harees, Khabeesa, Machboos, and Zalabia. The local souks are the perfect place to pick up a bargain or two and taste authentic Bahraini food.
Bahrain is globally known for its 24 carat gold and natural pearls. The capital city, Manama, is also becoming famous for its luxury fashion outlets and is a great destination if you’re looking to splurge. However, if that’s not your kind of shopping, head to the local souks to check out cheap clothes, fabric, electronic items and spices.
Bahrain has something to offer for all age groups, and although the cultural sites will be educational, they may not be as entertaining for young kids. If you’re travelling with your family, head to Lost Paradise of Dilmun which is a man-made beach attached to a waterpark. Another fun-filled option for summer is the Wahoo! Waterpark which is next to the Al See Mall and is mostly indoors so you can escape the sun. Apart from water parks, another place to add to your must-see list is the Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve that is a conservation park for the native flora and fauna of Bahrain.
Despite Bahrain being an island, less than 5% of the sandy shoreline of Bahrain is available to the public, and if you want to visit one, there are a number of private beach clubs that you can check into. While you’re there, definitely ask them if they offer pearl-diving or any other water sports of your choice.
If you are looking for an unusual international destination to visit for your next vacation, Bahrain is a great place to explore for a relaxed holiday with your family. Don’t be surprised if you come home with more bags than when you left!