The Bahrain Fort, also known as the Portuguese Fort, is of great historical importance in Bahrain and in the Arabian Gulf region. The Fort was built by the Portuguese on the ruins of an earlier small fort built by the people of Bahrain.
The Portuguese added the high walls, the huge square towers and a surrounding moat which is still visible to visitors. The view from the top of the fort is also a beauty and a bit of a contrast, as one side faces old villages and greenery, while the other looks at the fast rising towers and developments of Manama.
Visiting the area gives you a glimpse in what Bahrain was like only a few decades ago. It is located on the north coast of the island, and built directly by the sea. Although it is near to the downtown of Manama, the fort feels very isolated from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the country.
Although quite eroded, you can still see and get an idea of what the old settlements used to look like. For these reasons, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
Being Bahrain's only UNESCO World Heritage sight, Visiting Bahrain Fort takes you right out of the urban development and back to a simpler time, where the surrounding villages are covered in lush greenery and palm trees, while the houses are reminiscent of the older days. The fort is open to visitors between 8:00am and 8:00pm throughout the week, and entrance is free.
Areas around the fort is still being excavated or should I say still left in ruins but the major restoration on the main fort looks like it is all done. I would recommend this place even for a casual visitor to Bahrain. It’s in town and very easy to get to.
I must say that this is so far the best attraction in Bahrain that I’ve been to.