One of several historic homes around Bahrain that has been restored to its original condition, Al Jasra House was built in 1907 and is famous as the birthplace in 1933 of the former emir, Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa. It's constructed in the traditional way from coral stone, supported by palm-tree trunks. The gravel in the courtyard is made up of a ‘hundreds-and-thousands’ mixture of tiny mitre and auger shells. Opening times are erratic, so call ahead to confirm.
From the Causeway Approach Rd, look for the exit to Al Jasra (before the toll booth); the house is well signposted. The town is 15km from Manama and takes 20 minutes to travel to by bus or car.