Nothing is more refreshing and relaxing than taking a long walk outside; it rejuvenates the body and mind, takes away the stress and it’s fun.
Many people say that Doha is not a walking friendly city, but that is just because you need to know where to look! Here are the top 7 places to take a walk or leisurely stroll around Doha. The city has numerous spots which are just lovely from November to April. Truly an oasis within the city.
Let's explore them all.
Doha’s beautiful promenade is the perfect introduction to the city. At its southern part, you’ll find the iconic Museum of Islamic Art while at the northern, you’ll see Doha’s landmark and its very first hotel, the Sheraton. Walking along the Corniche is absolutely refreshing, especially just before sunset. Doha’s residents really enjoy spending time there; they jog, walk their dogs or simply spend a relaxing afternoon with friends.
Suggested route: Start from the Sheraton Hotel and walk towards the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). It’s an approximately 1-hour walk.
This stunning artificial island is ideal for a walk. There are many options there; you can walk along Porto Arabia and the wonderful marina, which is home to various cafes and restaurants or wander around the colorful Qanat Quartier, known as the ‘Little Venice’ of Doha. Qanat Quartier is full of cute coffee houses, shops, restaurants and offers access to the beach and the Taliamare Beach Club. Medina Centrale is the vibrant town square of The Pearl, which gets really busy during the weekends.
All of the above places are connected with pedestrian paths.
Suggested route: There are many routes you can follow at the Pearl area, however the ones we suggest is:
- Start from Novo Cinemas at Medina Centrale and head towards Porto Arabia. In just a few minutes you’ll reach the Marina at Tower 22. From there, you can start walking towards Tower 1 and get a wonderful view of Doha’s skyline; it’s a walk of approximately 30 minutes.
Lusail is the brand new district of Qatar - modern and promising. The Lusail Marina is a wonderful place to walk; it’s quiet and romantic!
Park your car at the assigned parking area and start wandering along the beautiful Marina or start walking from Lagoona Mall.
Katara Cultural Village
That’s one of the more artistic areas in Doha. There is always something happening - from food festivals and sports activities to music concerts and film festivals. Katara is a magical place to stroll around on a chilly evening, full of cafes and restaurants and a refreshing beach area.
There are plenty of parking spots around Katara, so leave your car and start exploring. We suggest that your starting point is near Novikov; walk towards the Amphitheater, the Opera House and the Katara Art Studios. Once you reach the beach, you can go towards any direction you wish; there are many cafes and restaurants all around, in case you need a break. Boho Social is highly suggested.
Al Bidda Park
Al Bidda Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Doha. It features large outdoor sports equipment, open-air playgrounds and various other recreational facilities. Plus, it’s pet friendly - so both you and your four-legged friends can enjoy a nice walk!
You can reach Al Bidda Park either by metro (Al Bidda Park station) or by your car; and leave it at the South Parking. You can also leave your car near Doha Fire Station and directly reach the Park.
This is one of the most family-friendly parks in Doha. There is a plethora of sports activities for everyone to enjoy; there are cycling areas, jogging and walking tracks, playgrounds, a gym etc. There are also spots that are ideal for picnics. Aspire can be described as a green paradise in contrast to the desert landscape, offering relaxing and enjoyable moments to all.
You can reach Aspire either by metro (Sport City station) or by car (there are many parking areas around Aspire). Once you enter the Park, the choices you have for walking are unlimited.
One of the most traditional places in Doha, Souq Waqif is an incredible spot to walk around when the weather allows it. Get lost inside the alleys, discover the cute little shops, have a look at the galleries and art shops and enjoy a beverage or a bite in one of the various cafes and restaurants.
Park your car in the underground parking. Follow the underground pathway and once you reach the main square (the Fanar should be on your left), start wandering around the alleys. Your final destination could be the Falcon Souq. The walking distance is approximately 10-15 minutes, however, we believe it’s going to take longer; it’s ok to get wonderfully lost and take some nice photos!
Enjoy your walks and let us know if you recommend any other places for a walk in the city!