From the circuit, it’s a 25-minute taxi ride to the Tree of Life (above, known locally as Shajarat-al-Hayat), one of Bahrain’s top attractions.
Estimated to be over 400 years old, it accrued its mythic status by being the only tree for miles in an otherwise barren desert landscape. To this day, even scientists are not entirely sure how it has thrived for centuries without an obvious source of water. Be sure to check out the perimeter wall encircling the complex, which is marked with display boards chronicling other famous trees in the world.
You’ll have worked up quite an appetite by now, so take a 45-minute taxi ride to Manama Souq, a colourful bazaar in the eponymous district. Enjoy some kebabs and an aromatic cup of chai tea at Haji’s Traditional Cafe before exploring the rest of the souq – a bustling warren of alleyways where you can buy Persian rugs, mosaic lamps, Bahraini pottery and local spices like saffron. Put your haggling skills to the test for the best bargains.
Day 3: Experience the life aquatic