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Bahrain Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to Bahrain 

Bahrain-Riffa-Fort-NightimeManama is the largest city in Bahrain, but still only has a population of 155,000 people.  It is also the capital of the country which comprises of around 30 islands with a total population of around 1.3 million.

Accommodation options abound for both business and leisure travellers.  Those travelling on business will find many accommodation options conveniently located near the Bahrain Financial Harbour, while those looking for more moderately priced hotels will find a large selection in other parts of the city.   

Top 3 Attractions

Bahrain-Al-Fateh-MosqueThe Al-Fateh Mosque can hold up to 7,000 people and is one of the largest mosques in the world.  A visit to this amazing site should be on the top of most tourists’ itineraries.  

The Al-Fateh Corniche is located east of the city.  It offers great views of the ocean and the city skyscrapers, and offers plenty of fun rides for the kids.

The Tree of Life, located about 30 km from the city centre, is an unexplained phenomenon: it is a lonely tree in the middle of the desert with no apparent water sources, and well worth a visit.

Where to Stay: Manama Hotels

Bahrain-Fort-AradIf cost is more important to you than convenience, head for Municipality Road, where you will find a number of cheap Manama hotels with basic facilities at rock bottom prices.

For mid-range Manama accommodation options, one of the resort hotels will probably be your best bet.  The major international chains are also fairly well represented.

A number of top end accommodation establishments are located within a few kilometres of the international airport.  Some of them belong to international groups, while others are managed by local hotel chains.


If you are looking for Middle Eastern cuisine at great prices, head for the Adliya District where you will find many small restaurants serving local fare.  Al-Abraaj provides great food at remarkably affordable prices.

International restaurants abound in the city centre.  Café Lilou's is popular with locals, expats, and travellers and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

If you really want to enjoy Mexican food in the Middle East, head for Senor Pacas.

Getting around Bahrain

Manama to Al Khobar: 41 min (47.8 km) via Route 80M and Route 80M

Manama to Doha: 4 h 9 min (432.6 km) via Route 615

Manama to Abu Dhabi: 8 h (818.5 km) via Dubai - Ghweifat International Hwy/E11

Top Scenic Roads in Bahrain and Areas to Stay

Check out the sand-duned lined roads in Central Bahrain, and the awesome quality of the highways going south to Qatar and United Arab Emirates. 

To drive to the highest point in Bahrain: head from Manama 35 min (37.9 km) via Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Hwy  to Jabal Ad Dukhan. Commonly known as the Mountain of Smoke for it’s hazy appearance, you can equally take in great views of the island.

Accommodation, driving and car rental

At Cheaperthanhotels and Cheaperthancars we have a wide range of car rental discounts at convenient locations and accommodation to meet all budgets and taste across Bahrain. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you will have to do when you get there.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team