Fun routes for long walks in Qatar

Fun routes for long walks in Qatar

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

A long walk exploring some of Doha’s most popular destinations on foot is just the activity to make the most of Qatar’s cool winter weather.

From everyone’s favorite Doha Corniche to the glamorous Al Maha Island, here is a list of places you can explore this winter in Qatar.

Hotel Park - Old Doha Port 

Take in the spectacular views of the Doha skyline as you walk along the Doha Corniche from Hotel Park to Old Doha Port. Enjoy excellent photo ops along the route including the famous Flag Plaza and the picturesque Mina District.

Suggested route: Hotel Park to Old Doha Port along the Doha Corniche

What’s on the route: Corniche Viewpoint, Doha skyline, traditional dhows dotting the sea, Museum of Islamic Arts, Flag Plaza, Box Park and Mina District

Distance: 8.4 km

Time: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Nearest metro stations:

  • DECC - Hotel Park: 15 minute walk
  • Mina District - Souq Waqif Metro Station: 30 minute walk

Msheireb Downtown Doha – Hotel Park

A 10 minute walk from Qatar’s largest metro station that is well connected to key locations across Qatar, is the smart and sustainable Msheireb Downtown Doha. Marvel at the architecture of the futuristic town that is a seamless blend of traditional and modern concepts. A couple of minutes away is the bustling Souq Waqif, Qatar’s most popular tourist hotspot offering a range of products and eateries. Head over to Souq Waqif through Wadi Msheireb Street before making your way to the Corniche along Jassim Bin Mohammed Street. You can extend your walk by exploring the winding roads of the Souq or simply head over to the Doha Corniche to complete your walk.

Suggested route: Msheireb Downtown Doha – Souq Waqif - Doha Corniche – Hotel Park

What’s on the route: Restaurants and cafes at Msheireb Downtown Doha, Al Fanar Mosque, stalls and eateries at Souq Waqif, Corniche Viewpoint and cafes at Sheraton Park

Distance: 6.3 km

Time: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Nearest metro stations:

  • Msheireb Metro Station -  Msheireb Downtown Doha: 5 minute walk
  • Hotel Park - DECC Metro Station: 15 minute walk

5/6 Park – Marsa Katara, Katara Cultural Village

Start your walk at the 5/6 Park and head over to the scenic Katara Hills by way of Al Khafji Service Street. From there, make your way to the popular Katara beach and walk along the boardwalk to the pier leading to Marsa Katara. 

Suggested route: 5/6 Park – Katara Hills – Katara Beach - Marsa Katara, Katara Cultural Village

What’s on the route: 5/6 Park, Katara Hills, Katara Beach, Katara Amphitheater, restaurants and cafes at Katara Cultural Village and the pier offering scenic views leading to Marsa Katara

Distance: 4 km

Time: Approximately 50 minutes

Nearest metro stations:

  • Al Qassar Station - 5/6 Park: 10 minute walk
  • Marsa Katara - Katara Station: 20 minute walk

Qanat Quartier Canal– Porto Arabia

A walk through Qatar’s little Venetian Quarter is an absolute delight. From the colorful buildings lining the canal to the quaint little bridges dotted across the quarter, there are several photo opportunities along this route. Once you are done exploring the Venetian Quarter, head over to the Island’s most popular destination – Medina Centrale before finishing your walk at the Pearl Fountain in Porto Arabia.

Suggested route: Qanat Quartier Canal  – Medina Centrale – The Pearl Fountain Porto Arabia

What’s on the route: Venetian Canal at Qanat Quartier, Replica Rialto Bridge at Qanat Quartier, water fountain at Medina Centrale, restaurants and cafes at Medina Centrale, the Pearl Photo Walk at Porto Arabia, restaurants and cafes at Porto Arabia and Pearl Fountain at Porto Arabia.

Distance: 4.1 km

Time: Approximately 50 minutes

Nearest metro stations:

  • Legtaifiya Metro Station – Qanat Quartier Canal: 30 minute walk
  • Pearl Fountain – Legtaifiya Metro Station: 30 minute walk

Lusail South Promenade – Al Maha Island

Both Lusail and Al Maha Island are on everyone’s radar after the World Cup. While Al Maha Island is a celebrity hot spot, the Lusail Marina is always a fan favorite for its scenic walks. You can start your walk at the Lusail South Promenade and make your way to the Lusail Marina offering break taking views of the sea. Stop at the ‘I love Lusail’ statue for a quick picture and continue on to the Lusail Corniche. Enjoy the views of the Lusail skyline before completing your walk at the glamorous Al Maha Island.

Suggested route: Lusail South Promenade – Lusail Marina Walk – Lusail Marina Corniche – Al Maha Island

What’s on the route: I Love Lusail Statue, Lusail Dancing Fountain, Arabian Nights Lusail, Lusail Night Market, Lusail Marina Corniche, Photo Place, Restaurants in Al Maha Drive

Distance: 4.7km

Time: Approximately 1 hour

Nearest metro stations:

  • Marina Tram Station – Lusail South Promenade: 10 minute walk
  • Al Maha Island - Esplanade Tram Station: 20 minute walk

How about some food after a long walk? Check out these restaurants and cafes that offer both outdoor seating and spectacular views. 

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