Bahrain city skyline on the Arabian Gulf and at sunset 

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a collection of 33 islands in the Arabian Gulf. Bahrain Island is the largest. Traditionally a pearl-diving centre, it was the first Arab country to discover oil in 1932. Bahrain today is a major financial centre and is famous for the Bahrain World Trade Centre and Formula 1 race circuit.

Arrange car hire in Bahrain for pick up at Bahrain International Airport (BAH), on Muharraq Island, just off the northern tip of Bahrain and six kilometres from the capital Manama. The Manama souk is the largest of Bahrain's numerous traditional craft markets and souks. There is a dazzling collection of jewellery on sale at the newly-opened Gold City.

Bahrain National Museum has a collection of treasures from over 6,000 years of history. Museum exhibits include ancient burial mounds brought in from the desert. Visit the trendy Adliya district for its bars, cafés, restaurants, clubs and art galleries. Older houses in Adliya have been converted into galleries. The House of Beit al-Jasra, the birthplace of the current emir, is a restored traditional building just outside Manama, as is the 3,000-year-old Bahrain fort.

Bahrain car hire will provide a sturdy vehicle for visiting the interior of the country. See the Sar and A'Ali tombs at the town of A'Ali just south of Manama among a honeycomb of 170,000 ancient burial mounds. The Al Areen Wildlife Park on the edge of the desert has its own herd of Arabian oryx. Jabal ad Dukan, the Mountain of Smoke, is Bahrain's highest point and lies in the centre of Bahrain island just over 25 km south of Manama. Situated there is the Oil Museum, which stands next to the site of the first oil discovery well.

Take a break from driving and relax on a 40-minute boat ride around the Hawar Islands to see the dolphins and flamingos. To find the best price on car hire in Bahrain, use TravelSupermarket`s search tool above.