Bahrain may be Arabic for the term ‘Two Seas’ but that does not mean that the island is solely a destination for those after sun, sea and sand.
Head around the destination’s mainland and holidaymakers will soon come across a few charming sporting venues which are amazing in scale and often host to spectacular events.
Keep some spending money aside – Travelex is offering fantastic exchange rates for those visiting Bahrain to ensure your cash goes further – and head to one or all of these magnificent attractions.
Bahrain International Circuit
Ever since the spring of 2004 when Formula One legend Michael Schumacher left his rivals eating his dust by winning the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix, the Bahrain International Circuit has continued to shine in the motorsport.
The race track has so many appealing features mind, such as the fact that it stands out from any other circuit as it is located right in the middle of a desert. Meanwhile, four straights per lap guarantees plenty of high-octane action on race day.
Speaking of which, the next opportunity for fans to see the stars of F1 in action on the Bahrain International Circuit will be between the weekend of April 19th and 21st.
If this is too short of notice, the venue also plays host to BIC 2000CC, Drag Racing and FIA World Endurance Championship events throughout the year.
Bahrain Rugby Club
Located in Manama in the north-east corner of Bahrain, tourists can head to the Bahrain Rugby Club in order to watch a whole host of exciting sporting competitions.
Depending on when holidaymakers visit the attraction – see a list of upcoming events through this link – they could enjoy a rugby, football, cricket or Gaelic football game being played on either the venue’s main or artificial pitch.
Once there is a break in the action, guests can tuck into a delicious meal at the Bahrain Rugby Club’s restaurant, have a few relaxing drinks in the attraction’s main bar or have some fun by dipping into a 25m swimming pool.
Bahrain National Stadium
Now is the perfect time to visit the Bahrain National Stadium, as the venue has just reopened its doors after undergoing a complex renovation.
Located in East Riffa in the north of Bahrain, the venue has been enhanced with a new-look grandstand roof, extra seating, an all-new pitch and a series of refurbished interiors.
Despite the makeover only being complete in December 2012, the Bahrain National Stadium has already received plenty of publicity by playing host to this year’s Gulf Cup of Nations.
A roaring crowd of 30,000 people were in attendance to watch as the United Arab Emirates clinched the prestigious trophy after beating Iraq 2-1 in a thrilling game that was only completed after extra time.
Plenty more exciting games are sure to be played out at the venue in the months ahead, making it a must-see attraction for football fans.