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"Off the beaten path" Bahrain Things to Do Tip by mayrana

Bahrain Things to Do: 176 reviews and 377 photos

  Jerada Island with the Al Dar boat
by mayrana
  • Jerada Island with the Al Dar boat - Bahrain
      Jerada Island with the Al Dar boat
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  • Beatiful calligraphy in narrow streets of Muharraq - Bahrain
      Beatiful calligraphy in narrow streets of Muharraq
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  • One of the converted houses in Muharraq - Bahrain
      One of the converted houses in Muharraq
    by mayrana

There are TONS of things to do in Bahrain that are off the beaten path. The usual touristy things, like the souks and forts are nice but to really experience Bahrain you have to do it through the food and the people.
During the day take a boat from Al Dar islands (it comes with a driver, life jackets, and soft drinks) and ask them to take you to Jarada island. It is BEAUTIFUL. Everytime we go we meet different locals there, barbequing and hanging out on the beach, and everyone is super friendly and the atmosphere is great. The island is around for a few hours during the day as its a tidal island so make sure you go during daylight hours (Al Dar will be able to tell you a good time to go).
In Muharraq there is an area that is just paved and you can only walk through it as the streets are so narrow, and once you do it's a fantastic place to explore as there are these little houses that have been converted into a library, cafe, art gallery, etc. and even some of the walls have murals and beautiful arabic calligraphy that an unknown artist has painted on. It is just stunning. But do go when the weather is nice! The people that area are really friendly too and used to tourists, and whenever I go there the people I pass by just smile and wave hello which is one of the things I love about the area.
At night forget the usual touristy food and head to Ramla in Muharraq, they have the most amazing Tikka (which is tiny pieces of meat marinated overnight in spices and roasted lemons, then barbequed) and it is absolutely mouth watering. Also try their lamb chops which are so juicy and tender... This place is truly the epitome of Bahraini food.
Afterwards go for a drink by the water at Muju in Amwaj Islands. It is one of the few places that you can actually sit on the deck right over the water, the drinks are amazing and it's open late. They also serve some really good sushi! And the music is really great as well.. Its a beautiful place to sit on the water listening to chill out... One of my favorite places in Amwaj!

Address: Sitra, Muharraq
Directions: I usually tell visitors to get either a GPS device in their car, or have GPS on their phone, and on there are GPS coordinates to all these locations so its easier to find places -- just type in the numbers and it takes you there.

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  • Written Sep 24, 2011
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