Forts

Riffa Fort The most complete example of traditional Bahraini fortification architecture.

Bahrain Fort Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century atop the ancient Dilmun capital.

Qalat Bu Mahir The fort with the best views of modern Manama.

Qalat Arad Wonderfully atmospheric at night.

World Food

A true melting pot, Bahrain's local food scene reflects the island nation's huge non-Bahraini population.

Banana Leaf Let the fragrant mango and sticky rice whisk you off to Thailand.

Spicy Village The finest taste of Pakistan on the island is also one of the cheapest.

La Fontaine Fine European and French food in an elegant setting.

Isfahani A succulent taste of classical Persia in the heart of Manama.

Golden Plates South Indian cuisine cooked to perfection and served up on banana leaf.

Masso The very classy Japanese restaurant where Bahrain fell for sushi.

Museums

Bahrain National Museum The place to make sense of the country's history and heritage.

Beit Al Quran Probably the world's finest collections of Islam's holy book.

Al Oraifi Museum This private collection combines Dilmun-era artefacts with intriguing artwork.

Abdullah Al Zayed House for Bahraini Press Heritage Small and perfectly furnished, you'll want to live in this relic of Bahrain's first newspaper.

Dar Al Naft Oil Museum The Gulf's very first oil well and the original 1930s Bapco (Bahrain Petroleum Company) office can be seen here.

Mosques

Al Fatih Mosque Bahrain's sumptuous grand mosque offers tours in English and Arabic.

Al Khamis Mosque Evocative ruins of what might just be Bahrain's oldest mosque.

Sheikh Hussain Mosque A wonderfully unique design for a Shia mosque on the outskirts of Manama.

Beit Al Quran Mosque A beautiful stained-glass dome complements beautiful tiles inside and out.