Muharraq Island

Muharraq has been spared much of the modernising that’s transformed and smoothed over Manama in recent years. Its souk is funkier and more interesting than the one in the capital and there are a couple of well-preserved traditional houses, the Bait Shaikh Isa Bin and the Bait Seyadi.

Both houses date from the early 19th century and are worth visiting. Bait Shaikh Isa Bin features beautiful plaster work and carved doors and has a working wind tower – an ingenious structure designed to direct the slightest breeze into the interior.

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