Just because a destination is smaller than some, doesn't mean it should be overlooked. The 295 square mile kingdom of Bahrain, located off the coast of Saudi Arabia, is just such a case. Europcar is still represented, allowing four million annual visitors to enjoy the benefits of first class car hire through six locations, including Bahrain International Airport. Europcar's fleet of safe and reliable vehicles is capable of meeting all budgets and requirements, with useful services like express pick-up, easy online booking, and options like child seats, satellite navigation and additional driver cover, along with the convenience of daily, weekly, monthly, long and short term hire, all available to ensure that any driving vacation beginning in Bahrain will start off without a hitch.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small nation made up from several islands to form an archipelago, all interconnected, and linked to the mainland, by several causeways, of which the largest land mass, Bahrain Island is just 34 miles long and 11 miles wide. Meaning ‘Two Seas’ in Arabic, Bahrain's focus is not its lack of dry land, but the pristine shallow waters that surround its beaches, offering a coastal paradise to water sports enthusiasts, divers and sun-worshipers alike. Sweet-water springs bubble offshore, and helped to bring about over 4000 years of settlement, which can be discovered through the many Dilmun archaeological sites around the islands. The springs also encouraged the growth of oysters cultivating luxurious pearls, that helped to establish the country's early wealth and vast fortunes. Bahrain is described as the perfect destination for an introduction to the Persian Gulf, thanks to its long history, coupled with its reputation as a modern and safe vacation spot.
The City of Manama - Bahrain's capital and largest city was recently made the Arabic City of Culture, which has led to an upsurge in art, music and heritage based events that attract many visitors. And, while Manama means 'Sleeping Place', the city has a loud and vibrant atmosphere that runs through the night, making it difficult to understand when the population has a chance to rest. Fine dining, first-class shopping facilities and lively nightclubs are all open until very late, which results in the town being far quieter and peaceful during the day. During daylight hours, the more refined of the city's attractions can be visited and enjoyed at your own pace, including the Bahrain National Museum, the Currency Museum at the Central Bank of Bahrain, and the Beit Al Qur'an which is home to an amazing collection of rare Islamic manuscripts and books.
The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park - Set in twenty acres of desert oasis, the largest stand-alone water park in the Middle East, The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park, features 18 slides, plus dozens of pools, fountains and attractions. Inspired by the ancient Dilmun empire, the base of which said to be the original setting for the Garden of Eden, the water park is open to everyone, most evenings, until 1 am.