Commanding the only piece of high ground overlooking the Hunanaiya Valley, this fort was originally built in the 19th century and was completely restored in 1983. The limited captions and explanations are in Arabic, and the rooms are mostly empty, but it’s interesting enough and the views over a valley of a golf course, nodding donkeys and tree-lined highways are appealing.
The fort is easy to spot from several main roads near the town of Riffa and is well signposted. Access to the fort is only possible along Sheikh Hamood bin Sebah Ave, which is off Riffa Ave. Riffa is 25km from Manama and a 30-minute ride by car. Along the journey, note all the magnificent avenues of palms, orange-flowering cordias and topiaried citrus trees that line the suburban part of the highways.