Welcome to Bahrain
Hungry for a Middle Eastern experience? Perhaps you’d like to experience balmy Arabian nights and golden-orange sunsets and see oases of palm groves and colourful souks? If so, Bahrain is the place to be. In this island nation, ancient monuments rub shoulders with gleaming skyscrapers. Bahrain traces its history back to ancient Dilmun; some say the tale of the gardens of paradise of Dilmun puts Bahrain as the location of the Garden of Eden. Whether it’s true or not doesn’t matter; what is true is that Bahrain feels like a portal to another time and another world.
History and culture
Cheap flights to Bahrain take you straight to the capital, Manama, where you can catch performances of classical, Arabian musicians at the national theatre and learn more about Bahrain’s relationship with ‘black gold’ at the Oil Museum. The country’s most popular attraction is the Bahrain National Museum, which has several fascinating exhibitions on the rich history of the island. Just outside the city is a UNESCO-listed fort that was built in the 16th century. Older still is the Tree of Life, a miraculous mesquite tree standing alone in the middle of the desert that is approximately 400 years old.
Islands and sea
With so much coastline, there’s always the chance to sit at a water-side restaurant, go island-hopping or get active by trying a new water sport. Pearl diving is popular as is dolphin and dugong watching. Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve protects indigenous species, including a type of large antelope called the oryx.
When to go
Because of Bahrain’s arid, desert climate, the months of June to September are seriously hot (40 degrees Celsius). From October to March, the weather is cooler, especially starting in December, making the country a great option for escaping cold weather. Visitors will enjoy clear, blue skies and temperatures in the mid-twenties. This is the peak time for tourism, however, so expect prices to rise significantly. For the best deals, make sure to book your flights six to eight weeks in advance.
April and May are transition months; the weather fluctuates with some hot days possible. In April, Bahrain hosts a Formula One race and celebrate the Heritage Festival, two events that will increase the demand for flights and push up prices. October and November are also in the shoulder season and are a good time to visit if you don’t mind the heat. Finally, keep in mind that dust storms are common in Bahrain during the late winter and spring, though they are not intense and will not disturb your holiday significantly.
Airports and airlines
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British Airways and Gulf Air are the most popular airlines that offering direct Bahrain flights from the United Kingdom (UK). Both depart from London Heathrow and arrive in the Manama at Bahrain International Airport. If you’d like to leave from a different city, many other airlines fly to Bahrain indirectly from all over the UK.
With Netflights, you can compare the latest deals on flights to Bahrain from the following airlines: Emirates, Qantas, Air India, KLM, Egypt Air, Royal Jordanian, Lufthansa, Pegasus Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Thai Airlines, Oman Air, Jet Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Iraqi Airways, Saudia and Cathay Pacific.