11 Best Free Activities In Bahrain to Make The Most of Your Visit
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11 Best Free Activities In Bahrain to Make The Most of Your Visit

Visiting Bab Al Bahrain or the Manama Souq is one of the best activities to do in Bahrain.
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Bahrain may be a small country, but there is no shortage of cultural experiences here. It is an Islamic country with a rich history of pearling, trade, and vast natural resources. From UNESCO World Heritage sites to unique buildings and modern-day events, these activities can’t be missed. Even though it will cost you absolutely nothing, these activities will be some of the most memorable things you do during your time here. I’ve rounded up 11 of the best free activities in Bahrain that are guaranteed to give you a deeper understanding of the culture, history, and day-to-day life in Bahrain.

1. Take a tour of the Al Fateh Grand Mosque.

A great place to start your day of fun, free activities in Bahrain is by visiting the Al Fateh Grand Mosque in Juffair. This mosque is the first place I visited when I moved to Bahrain. The Al Fateh Grand Mosque, built between 1983-1988 is the largest building in Bahrain and can hold 7,000 people. You’ll see its picture printed on a twenty dinar note. The interior is just as pretty as the exterior. I love the giant chandelier inside the main building and the open-air courtyard. Women will don the abaya and men the thobe for the duration of your tour. Al Fateh Grand Mosque is located in Juffair, where most expats live. The mosque is open to visitors from Saturday-Thursday from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Al Fateh Grand Mosque is one of the best activities in Bahrain and it is also free.  Visit this beautiful mosque and learn about the history and tradition of Bahrain.
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2. Walk along the Pearling Trail.

You can take a self-guided walking tour which follows a trail of important historical locations. These places you see along the way illustrate the importance of pearling in Bahrain. Take a camera and some comfortable walking shoes and get lost in the labyrinth of alleys. The Pearling Trail is located in Muharraq. Parking can be a bit tricky and the roads are a bit narrow, so just be prepared for that. You can also take a taxi and the driver will drop you off right at the beginning of the trail.

The Pearling Trail is one of the best activities in Bahrain and it is also free.  Visit this site in Muharraq and learn about the history of pearling and the culture and traditions of Bahrain
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The Pearling Trail is one of the best activities in Bahrain and it is also free.  Visit this site in Muharraq and learn about the history of pearling and the culture and traditions of Bahrain
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3. Explore Qal’at Al Bahrain, also known as the Bahrain Fort.

The 3,000-year-old Bahrain Fort is stunning. Especially when you see the contrast between this ancient site and the Bahrain skyline behind it. This fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Sites and it showcases layers of human civilization. This is a dream location for photographers who will love the many archways and other picturesque features. Walking through the fort feels very peaceful and serene. You can wander for hours around the expansive grounds, and then stop by the small museum to learn more about its history. My personal favorite time to visit is at sunset for stunning pictures. It’s less hot in the evening, too.

Qal'at Al Bahrain or the Bahrain Fort,  is one of the best activities in Bahrain and it is also free.  Visit this fort and learn about the history of pearling and the culture and traditions of Bahrain. UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bahrain.
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4. See the Bahraini Farmer’s Market.

This is open during the cooler months of the year which are usually early December through the end of April. The Bahraini Farmer’s Market in Budayia is a beautiful market with fresh produce and colorful veggies. I’m talking about purple and yellow cauliflower and pink, purple, and orange cherry tomatoes. They also sell flowers, plants, local artisanal goods, and some prepared food from local restaurants. Parking is limited so arrive early. This is one of my favorite free activities in Bahrain, but it’s hard to resist buying something. Produce is very affordable, though. You can get a small container of pretty cherry tomatoes for 500 fils (about $1.33USD).

Bahraini Farmer's Market,  is one of the best activities in Bahrain and it is also free.  Visit this market to learn about the agricultural traditions of Bahrain.
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Bahraini Farmer's Market,  is one of the best activities in Bahrain and it is also free.  Visit this market to learn about the agricultural traditions of Bahrain. Thobes and abayas are typical clothing in Bahrain for men and women.
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5. Visit Al Khamis Mosque, the oldest mosque in Bahrain.

The Al Khamis Mosque is not only the oldest mosque in Bahrain but also one of the oldest mosques in the Arab world. To my knowledge, tourists can climb the minarets. Be prepared to squeeze through a small doorway. You have to stoop down as you carefully climb up and down the stairs inside the minaret. It is a pretty tight squeeze and probably not a good idea if you’re claustrophobic. The best way to get here is to have your own private transportation. You can easily get a taxi from Juffair to the mosque, but you might be waiting for a while to get a taxi back. You’ll most likely have it all to yourself since most people go to the Al Fateh Grand Mosque first. This means you’ll have an uninterrupted photo session.

The oldest mosque in Bahrain is the Al Khamees Mosque.  Climb the minaret.  Visit Bahrain and enjoy beautiful historical sites and learn about the culture.
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The oldest mosque in Bahrain is the Al Khamees Mosque.  Climb the minaret.  Visit Bahrain and enjoy beautiful historical sites and learn about the culture.
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6. Get lost in Bab Al Bahrain.

You will love the hustle and bustle of people shopping, vendors offering their very special prices, and all the goods for sale. I am obsessed with the colorful jalabiya shops at the souq. If you’d like to buy one, they will do on-the-spot alterations for you, too. And a trip to the souq just doesn’t feel the same if you don’t stop to admire the colorful, intricate, glass lamps.

Visit Bab Al Bahrain, the biggest souq in Bahrain. Enjoy abaya shopping, the spice market, the gold market, and also learn moure about the culture.
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Visit Bab Al Bahrain, the biggest souq in Bahrain. Enjoy abaya shopping, the spice market, the gold market, and also learn moure about the culture.
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7. Go to the Muharaq Souq.

This souq is usually more for the locals so it feels more authentic. If you go to either market during Ashoora or Ramadan, do make sure that you are respectful and cover your knees and shoulders (both men and women). I highly recommend stopping by one of the local shops for Bahraini sweets.

Visit Muharra souq in Bahrain. Enjoy abaya shopping, the spice market, the gold market, and also learn more about the culture.
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8. Walk around Bahrain Bay.

Bahrain Bay is right across from the Four Seasons and the Bahrain World Trade Center building. You can see the skyline and walk along the waterfront Promenade which encircles that part of the island. Bahrain definitely has its fair share of unique and beautiful buildings. If you’re in Bahrain during the annual Bahrain Bay Food Festival and it is held at Bahrain Bay, do go check it out. A festival dedicated to local food? Yes, please!

Visit Bahrain Bay. Learn about the culture, see the Bahrain skyline and famous buildings in Bahrain.  Enjoy a real Bahraini food festival.  Standup paddle boarding in Bahrain.
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9. Go for a stroll around Amwaj Lagoon.

Strolling around this man-made lagoon on Amwaj Island is a great way to spend an afternoon. I didn’t do this one often, just when I had a visitor. This is a great spot to go for a peaceful walk. You may end up being tempted to stop by one of the restaurants around the lagoon. If you do, I would recommend any of the restaurants on the upper level for a nice view of the water.

10. See the Tree of Life, or Shajarat-al-Hayat as it’s called in Arabic.

This tree is fascinating for many reasons. Some even believe that it is the original location of THE Tree of Eden. Over 400 years old, the Tree of Life has managed to flourish and stay green despite being out in the middle of the desert. It is thriving against all odds because there are no visible water sources nearby. It’s a bit ironic that this is on my list and I’ve never actually gone. This means I’ll be back in Bahrain someday, inshallah.

11. Pet the camels at the Royal Camel Farm.

I didn’t actually do this particular activity. because I thought the camels would be underfed or mistreated. However, I’ve heard that caretakers living on the property make sure the camels are loved and well-fed. I’m adding this and the Tree of Life to my inshallah list for my next trip to Bahrain.

Visit the Royal Camel Farm in Bahrain.
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These are just some of the things I loved during the time lived in Bahrain. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the Royal Camel Farm and the Tree of Life. Let me know how many of these you’ve done, or if there are any that you would add to your list of free things to do in Bahrain.

Thanks for reading! Remember to bookmark or pin this for later. Stay tuned for more travel inspiration!

Tourism Middle East and the best activities to do in Bahrain.  Visit Bahrain with Oman and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Tourism Middle East and the best activities to do in Bahrain.  Visit Bahrain with Oman and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. tripscholars

    Thank you for sharing your experience and expertise! It looks amazing and hard to imagine that some of these sites are free. I would especially like to visit the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain Fort, and The Tree of Life.

    1. Happy Vegan Trip

      Hi! Isn’t it awesome that there are so many sites to see for free?? Those three places you mentioned are iconic in Bahrain! I’m sure you’d love them, and you could easily do a day trip from Dubai to see them. Thank you for the feedback, and let me know if you have any questions about any of these places 🙂

  2. waitingforrain28

    Budget travel is so imporant- and even more so after COVID is over and we all need to escape for a little bit (but might not have a ton of cash). So, I really love your list here. I had no idea that there was such a variety of free activities in Bahrain.

    1. Happy Vegan Trip

      I absolutely agree. Hopefully things can go back to normal soon and we can start to slowly travel again. There are so many other places in Bahrain, but these are my personal favorites. Bahrain has such a rich history, too. It’s a small but warm and inviting country 🙂 Thank you for reading!

  3. Farrah

    I am all for free activities! 😀 I’ve never been to Bahrain but it’d be cool to get to go and explore someday! I’d love to see the Tree of Life, the Grand Mosque, and the camel farm!

    1. Happy Vegan Trip

      Those are great activities to start with! I can’t believe how many awesome free things there are to do! Bahrain should definitely be on your list. It’s small enough to explore lots of places in a short amount of time.

  4. Ummi Nadrah

    This is my first time reading a blog post about Bahrain. It seems to have fallen under most travel bloggers’ radar. But it’s so interesting to know that there are many free things to see and do, considering how expensive the Middle East can be (at least for me, coming from Southeast Asia). I’ll save this for my future reference ?

    1. Happy Vegan Trip

      Hi! I’m so glad I was able to share these awesome (and free!) activities with you! I think the most expensive part would be the flight depending on where you are coming from. Once you are there, it’s a great idea to take advantage of everything you can. Definitely save it, and let me know when you visit Bahrain. ?

  5. Get Lost

    Wow, I didn’t realise there were so many wonderful free things to do in Bahrain! walking the Pearling Trail sounds like a fascinating tour and a great way to see the area. Bahrain Bay looks beautiful too and I’d definitely love the opportunity to see the camels at the farm! Thanks for sharing these great ideas, I hope I get an opportunity to visit!

  6. Kate Toll

    These are all great free things to do! I love walking through farmers’ markets and those camels are just too cute!!

    1. Happy Vegan Trip

      Hi, Kate! I hadn’t actually realized how many awesome, free activities there are in Bahrain until I put this list together. And these are things you would normally have to pay for in other countries. So mind blowing, right? It’s exciting to be able to share what I love about this beautiful country. Let me know if you have any questions or need any recommendations before you visit. ?

  7. Pam

    Bahrain looks beautiful. It wasn’t on my bucket list but it is now. Thanks for the great tips to help respect cultural expectations.

    1. Happy Vegan Trip

      Hi, Pam! Yay! I’m so glad Bahrain is now going on your Bucket List! You will definitely enjoy your time there. Stay tuned for more articles about Bahrain. ?

  8. cristinarm937

    If I am honest, I had never heard of Bahrain before, so I am glad I came across your blog. It seems there are great activities to do 🙂 I hope to visit it one day.

    1. Happy Vegan Trip

      Hi, Cristina! I think most people haven’t heard of it because it’s so small. Fun fact: Did you know that Shakira lived in Bahrain? There are a few other celebrities that have lived in Bahrain, too! There is so much I want to share about Bahrain. It holds a special place in my heart, and I am sure you would enjoy your time there, too. ??

  9. Ally

    Bahrain sounds incredible, I can’t believe it wasn’t on my bucket list already. After reading this Bahrain is going right at the top of my travel goals!

    1. Happy Vegan Trip

      Hi, Ally!! Yes for sure! It’s a very easy country to visit. Most people are surprised at how much there is to do. Definitely add it to your Bucket List. It’s a good one to visit together with Oman or the United Arab Emirates. ?

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