Bahrain is a small country in the Persian Gulf that comprises more than 30 islands. It is known for its rich culture, old souqs, ancient heritage sites, and massive shopping malls. This post describes a comprehensive itinerary to help you visit the best of Bahrain in 2 days. The itinerary is crafted after careful consideration of the best optimal routes in Bahrain.
For information on visas, currency, the best time to visit, where to stay, how to commute, and what to see, visit Bahrain: The Ultimate Travel Guide for Every Traveller.
Note: This post assumes your stay is booked in Manama, the capital city of Bahrain.
Al Fateh Grand Mosque
Operational Hours: Sat-Thu (9 AM – 4 PM), closed to non-Muslims Fri
Start your first day by visiting this opulent mosque located in the heart of Manama. Built by the late Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa in 1987, this mosque is the largest place of worship in Bahrain and is open to non-Muslims as well. When you enter the mosque, you will be accompanied by a volunteer who will show you around the mosque, explain the Islamic beliefs and answer any doubts you have. The volunteer who accompanied me was from Jordan and we had a very beautiful discussion about different religions and their practices, monotheism in today’s world, animal sacrifices, and mankind’s perception of God.
**Tip: You need to follow the dress code before entering the mosque. **
Bahrain National Museum
Entry: 1 BHD
Operational Hours: Mon-Sun (8 AM – 8 PM)
The Bahrain National Museum is one of the premier tourist attractions in Bahrain which is the nation’s ongoing effort of preserving their rich history. Spanned across two floors, this museum has various halls showcasing Bahraini practices, the history of pearl diving, remains of the ancient Dilmun Civilization, and the Islamic traditions.
Bahrain National Theatre
Operational Hours: Mon-Sun (8 AM – 8 PM)
Located right next to the Bahrain National Museum, this massive theatre has a capacity to seat 1001 people and is truly a delight to the eyes. Facing the cerulean waters of the Persian Gulf, this theatre offers spectacular views of the eastern side of Bahrain. Many cultural activities like orchestras, fine art festivals, and traditional fashion shows are hosted here.
Operational Hours: Mon-Sun (10 AM – 10 PM)
Bahrain’s coolest and the most elegant mall, The Avenues doesn’t fail to impress tourists with its grandeur structure. It is the perfect place for food, shopping, and entertainment. This mall has a waterfront facing the Arabian Sea and offers incredible views of the Bahrain World Trade Center and Manama city skyline. The Bahrain World Trade Center is the only building in the world that has incorporated wind turbines into its design.
**Tip: When you visit the mall, don’t forget to go outside towards the waterfront and see the spectacular Bahrain World Trade Center! The view is worth it.**
Bab Al Bahrain & Manama Souq
Operational Hours: Mon-Sat (8:30 AM – 9:30 PM), Sun (8:30 AM – 11:30 PM)
Bab Al Bahrain is a historic building that once housed the Government’s administrative offices. There is nothing special about this building except for that it is the main entrance to the Manama Souq – a vibrant collection of shops that sell dates, chocolates, souvenirs, lamps, textiles, and perfumes. This is a great place to take a stroll at in the evening and to gain an insight into the local culture in Bahrain.
Also Read: Top 5 Offbeat Things to do in Bahrain
Qal’at Al-Bahrain or Bahrain Fort
Operational Hours: Mon-Sun (8 AM – 6 PM)
Start your second day by visiting this magnificent fort located to the West of Bahrain. This fort once housed the capital of the ancient Dilmun Civilization (2300 BC) and was later used for defense purposes by the Portuguese. This site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and belongs to the Copper and Bronze Ages where significant trade was carried out by the Mesopotamians, the Dilmuns, and the people of the Indus Valley Civilization.
**Tip: The temperature here is slightly high. So don’t forget to wear light-weight cotton clothes, apply a generous amount of sunscreen, and carry your hat and sunglasses with you when you visit this fort.**
City Centre Bahrain
Operational Hours: Sun-Thu (10 AM – 10 PM), Fri-Sat (10 AM – 12 AM)
Any visit to Bahrain would be incomplete without visiting the City Centre Bahrain. Titled as ‘The Largest Mall in Bahrain’, the City Centre Bahrain has a waterpark on the second floor! It has shops of renowned brands from across the world and a wide array of restaurants serving delicious cuisines from across the world.
**Tip: Photography/Videography is not allowed inside the mall unless you have a Media Pass which can be obtained at the office after filling a form and providing the necessary information.**
Al Dar Islands
Entry: 3 – 8 BHD
Operational Hours: Sat-Wed (9 AM – 5 PM), Thu-Fri (9 AM – 9 PM)
The most amazing beach resort in Bahrain is at the Al Dar Islands. The turquoise waters of the sea will take your breath away! Here, you can rent your own beach hut or simply use their beach chairs free of cost. In order to reach the Al Dar Islands, you need to take a speedboat from Sitra. For more details on where to board the boat, rates, and exclusive photos, visit Al Dar Islands in Bahrain – Everything you Need to Know.