Bahrain is a picturesque island, full of photographic gems worthy of being on your Instagram page. From the quaint to the quirky, there are numerous spots around town that make for attention-grabbing posts. We’ve rounded up our faves.
ROYAL CAMEL FARM
Located on Janabiya Highway, this camel farm lets you observe the attitude, sounds and stature of these gentle creatures (as long as you are not too close for their comfort!). It is open every day from 8am-5pm, and entry is free. Parking and washroom facilities are available on-site. Now how about some goofy pictures with friendly camels?
QALAT AL BAHRAIN
Also known as the Bahrain Fort, located not far from Seef Mall. Learn about the island’s intriguing past here. If you visit by night, you’ll have a collection of muse-worthy pictures. The ancient archways lit up by spot lights give a surreal vibe to the location. The monument is open from 8am-8pm. There are a lot of open spaces, so if you visit by day, slather on your sunscreen!
Looking for a place to stroll or jog? The perfect spot is AlGhous Park, also known as Muharraq Corniche. A peaceful run around its pathways will give you a sense of harmony with Bahrain’s tranquil sea. The garden is open 24 hours, but the best time to visit is by sunset, for a landscape out of this world. Ideal for a picnic or to watch your kids enjoy the park, as you take in the glitz of Manama’s skyscrapers across the waters, and the lights of the Sheikh Isa bin Salman Causeway on the other side.
THE AL FATEH GRAND MOSQUE
One of the largest mosques in the world, this sprawling structure can welcome 7,000 people at a time. Open to visitors from 9am-4pm all week except on Fridays, you can learn more about the national religion within its serenely majestic precincts. Marvel at the fine Italian marble, Austrian glass and Indian teakwood, and study the play of light and shadow as the sun’s rays enter in from the Arabesque windowpanes.
SOUQ BAB AL BAHRAIN
This open-air marketplace, located in the heart of Manama, has been around for several decades. You can go talk with the various vendors who will be happy to chat as you buy some exotic spices, jewellery and more. There are many fantastic photo-ops in the bustling area, but a firm favourite is one in front of the Arabic lanterns, making for wonderfully vibrant images.