Where to go in Jordan
Where to go in Jordan
Our guide on the best places to visit in Jordan
Despite its relatively small size, with its welcoming locals, wealth of archeological sites, fascinating mix of cultures and epic landscapes, Jordan really packs a punch. Amman, Jordan’s capital city, a bustling metropolis with plenty of historical and cultural attractions including the Roman Amphitheater, the Citadel, is a city not to be missed. Beyond Amman, to the north, the ancient Roman city of Jerash, known for its well-preserved ruins, including the Oval Plaza, the Temple of Zeus, and the Hadrian’s Arch is a must see. Wadi Rum, the desert valley in southern Jordan with its distinctive landscape of red sandstone mountains and sandy desert terrain, proves a Bucket List destination for adventure-seekers looking for adrenaline filled rock climbing adventures, and those looking to experience Jordan’s Bedouin culture alike.
Nature lovers will find the Dana Biosphere Reserve’s diverse range of flora and fauna, including rare species like the Syrian wolf and the Nubian ibex a dream with the opportunity to go hiking, mountain biking or bird watching, or stay in a traditional Bedouin village.
Whilst almost completely landlocked, Jordan does offer two destinations for ‘Beach lovers’ to get their fix. Aqaba, a coastal city located on the Red Sea and offers some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities in the world. The Dead Sea is actually a saltwater lake located on the border of Jordan and Israel, and is one of the world’s most unique natural wonders. Over recent years the Dead Sea has become a major tourist destination with several resorts and spas built along its shores offering visitors the opportunity to relax in the mineral-rich waters and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty.
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Best places to go in Jordan
Our guide to Jordan’s principal destinations is below. You’ll find there’s a lot to see and a great deal of variety on offer! Please speak to our specialists if you’d like more information on any of these locations.
Most travelers to Jordan begin by arriving in to the capital city of Amman and then head straight for Petra or one of the other popular destinations, but they’re missing out. It offers a mix of ancient and modern making it worth spending time in. Discover centuries-old ruins like the dramatic Citadel which includes the Roman Temple of Hercules and the 8th-century Umayyad Palace complex. On another hillside, you’ll find a Roman theater. The Bohemian district of Jabal Amman is a cultural hub with bookshops, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes.
The Dead Sea is actually a lake, sitting at nearly 1,400 feet below sea level. Its high salt content, 10 times more than seawater, causes the water to carry your body so that you float like a cork, no matter how much falafel you’ve indulged in. It also has a mineral content with elements like magnesium that’s said to provide healing properties that are especially good for the skin. One of the most popular things to do other than float is to cover up with the nutrient-rich mud, let it dry and then rinse off, a natural purifying mask.
Discover Amman and the Dead Sea on our 7-Night Experience Jordan & the Dead Sea Tour.
One of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, Petra is a place where Hellenistic architecture blends with ancient Eastern traditions. The stunning ‘Lost City’ was built around the 1st-century BC, after a series of earthquakes it was abandoned, only to be rediscovered in 1812. Carved right into the sandstone cliffs, with dozens of impressive Greco/Roman-style tombs revealing what was once one of the largest and richest kingdoms in the ancient world. To reach it you’ll walk through the Siq, a narrow crack that’s a split in the massive slab of rock, a procession that provides heightened anticipation of what awaits.
Explore Petra on our 11-Night Discover Jordan & Israel Tour.
Also known as the Valley of the Moon, Wadi Rum is a valley that’s cut into the granite rock and sandstone in southern Jordan. A crown jewel in Jordan’s ancient desert, it has a storied history that includes the British officer-turned-author Lawrence of Arabia (T.E. Lawrence), along with spectacular rock formations, ancient rock art and one of the world’s most brilliant night skies. With luxury tent camps here, you can even spend the night under the canopy of stars after a day spent exploring on the back of a camel.
Experience Wadi Rum on our 8-Night Jordan for Families Tour.
Aqaba is the only coastal city in Jordan, popular as a sun-kissed beach holiday resort which offers a splash of Middle Eastern culture and adventure. Located along the Red Sea, many come to enjoy the outstanding diving and snorkeling opportunities, complete with vibrant reefs, colorful fish and shipwrecks. The old town is filled with colorful souqs like the fruit and vegetable market and the spice market with its savory scents. Exploring the winding alleyways will lead you to a stunning mosque.
Can’t decide when to visit? Check out our guide on when to visit Jordan.
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