Wonders of Jordan
Jordan is an ancient and beautiful country and there are many incredible sites to see and experiences on offer for visitors. Here are our top 5 highlights for you to enjoy.
Iconic and world famous, the legendary pink coloured ruins, carved from the rocks was voted as one of The New 7 Wonders of the World and has even featured in the Hollywood movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Petra used to serve as an important trade route and the Nabataeans, who settled in the area over 2000 years ago, sculpted the city into the rock face. It’s an unbelievably breathtaking place so you must see it yourself. It is definitely one for your bucket list.
Tip: The best time to visit is early to mid morning or the late afternoon where the angle of the sun really enhances your pictures.
You can also visit Petra in the evening after dark, which is a dazzling experience, by the light of 1,800 candles. The 'Petra by Night' tour starts at the Petra Visitor's Centre at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
2. Dead Sea
A relaxing and very fun way to spend the day is to head to the incredible Dead Sea, on Jordan’s coast, which is nearly 10 times saltier than the ocean so you can float happily in the water. It is set against the backdrop of dramatic hills and mountains and has a spiritual side to it, as the healing properties of the Dead Sea have brought people here for thousands of years.
There are some fantastic new luxury hotels and resorts here so is a great place to come for wellness retreats. Quick fact – it is the lowest spot on earth at 410m below sea level.
3. Wadi Rum
Like nothing on earth, this immense and breathtaking expanse known as Wadi Rum features huge rock structures rising into the sky up to 1750m high from the desert below. This is a brilliant place for serious hikers to explore the outdoors, with canyons, water holes and many ancient rock drawings.
Tip: Remember to bring something warm to wear here as temperatures are extreme here and can vary from 32°C during the daytime to 4°C at night.
4. Drive up Mount Nebo
Pehaps one of the ultimate spiritual places to visit, Mount Nebo is where Moses climbed and is said to have been buried here by God himself. You will need to hire a car for this but is easy to get to from the King’s Highway. There are fantastic views from the top where you can see the Holy Land, Jericho and Jerusalem. At the top there are the remains of a church to visit too with ancient mosaics.
Madaba, only a short journey away, is also worth visiting, as the St. George Greek Orthodox Church there has an historic 6th Century mosaic map, the oldest in this part of the world.
5. Roman ruins of Jerash
The Roman city of Jerash should definitely be on your list, in the north of Jordan, and is just an hour from Amman, the capital city. Hadrian’s Arch is one of the highlights here and it is one of the best preserved examples of a Roman city in the world. In the summer events include chariot racing and a popular music and arts festival.
More things to do
- For those with an interest in religious sites, take a tour to the Baptismal Site at Bethany on the River Jordan.www.baptismsite.com
- The Dana Biosphere Reserve is a wonderful place to visit if you love nature, hiking and history. It has some amazing archeological sites here as well as high peaks and canyons to explore. The rare Nubian Ibex lives here too.
- Azraq is a rare oasis in the middle of the Jordanian desert (90 minutes east of Amman) and is a stunning nature reserve which is a paradise for birdwatchers.
- Aqaba lies on the red sea coast and the border to Israel. With good all year round temperatures it’s a popular holiday spot and is great for diving and watersports.
- Take a visit to Jordan’s capital Amman which is a fascinating place with a mix of the old world and shiny modern one. See more at here.
- Enjoy the Jordanian cuisine – a combination on many different cooking styles including Bedouin, Palestinian, Egyptian, Syrian and Lebanese influenced cuisine.
For more information please go to uk.visitjordan.com