Bahrain is the smallest country in the GCC, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t filled with hidden gems. It holds a myriad of venues, activities, and entertainment to excite the dullest of souls. This beautiful archipelago is confetti of cultures, blending history with modernity. Aside from the museums, mosques, and water parks, there’s an underground world and several hidden places to visit in Bahrain waiting to be found.

Bahrain is only a short drive or plane ride away from neighboring countries, making it the perfect weekend getaway. It has swiftly earned a place among booming nations. It has expanded its tourism sector and added countless contemporary sites.

Restaurants from all walks of life have been springing up, introducing a variety of international cuisines served in a fine dining manner. Quaint cafes with distinct locations offer a charming ambiance to the Pearl of Arabia.

Though locals and foreigners who have been in the country for a while may know these gems, they are still amazing enough to make it onto this list.

Here are 5 of the best less known places to visit in Bahrain:

Outdoor Cinema

Outdoor Cinema

First on the top spots to visit in Bahrain list is Outdoor Cinema. Back in the day, outdoor cinemas were a favorite among young adults. There’s a magical feeling that takes over when you’re sitting under the starry sky enjoying a movie with your loved ones. The Royal Golf Club, the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, and La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art & Spa all host outdoor movie nights. Be sure to check them out.

 

Chocolate Shawarma

Chocolate Shawarma

If you’re new to the region or just visiting for a short while, you’ve probably already been infatuated by shawarma. Why not try it as a dessert? Bayti, the contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant by Bahrain Financial Harbour, has created a chocolate shawarma. They use flaky chocolate scratchings over a crepe and serve it alongside ice cream, apple cinnamon chips, and chocolate dipping sauce. It is one of the must-see places to visit in Bahrain.

 

Pearl Diving

Pearl Diving

This isn’t exactly a hidden gem since Bahrain is famous for its pearly seas. Al Dar Islands will give you the chance to snorkel for oysters in shallow, clear waters. During your snorkel expedition, you’ll also stumble upon a historical shipwreck and plenty of dolphins. If you happen to find a pearl, you get to keep it.

 

Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine

Put that Advil pill back and try one of Bahrain’s credible substitutes. In this culturally open country, you’ll find that different sorts of medication are widely available and accepted. From meditation centers and crystal healing to authentic Ayurvedic medicine. Bahrain Meditation Centre in Umm Al Hassam, 8 Mansions in Budaiya’s Country Mall and the Indian Ayurvedic Medicine Centre in Mahooz are great spots to start and certainly some of the best places to visit in Bahrain.

 

Riyadat Mall

Riyadat Mall

If shopping is on your to-do list, then venture down to one of the top destinations in Bahrain’s hidden gems, Riyadat Mall. New, local businesses have made a home in this mall. They offer culturally inspired items with a modern twist. The mall is an endeavor by Princess Sabeeka Bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa, wife of his Majesty the King and the President of the Supreme Council of Women. It was established to promote a healthy working environment for Bahraini women. It seeks to empower women by aiding them to open, run, and manage their own business.

 

Bonus gem: 

If plane watching is a hobby of yours, Movenpick Hotel Bahrain is only 1 km away from Bahrain International Airport. Runway view rooms are available at your request.

Movenpick Hotel

These are just some of the less-known hidden gems and places to visit in Bahrain; however, the more time you spend exploring the streets of this small kingdom, the more magical spots you will find.