The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is renowned for the warm welcome it offers visitors who come in search of its ancient archaeological sites and monuments. These include the rose-hued, stone-carved city of Petra and the Roman military station at Um er-Rasas, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to its man-made charms, Jordan attractions include the vast desert wilderness. Spring and autumn are the best time to visit Jordan to see its desert landscapes, while avoiding both the fierce heat of summer and freezing winter temperatures.
One of the most popular attractions in Jordan is the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, with its ornate treasury entombed in pink sandstone. Petra is in the country’s southwest region. This region is also home to world-famous Wadi Rum and its red dunes, canyons and sandstone ridges, which formed the spectacular backdrop to the film “Lawrence of Arabia.” A visit to Wadi Rum offers plentiful family activities, including camel rides and sleeping under the stars in a Bedouin camp.
The cosmopolitan charm of its capital, Amman, lures travellers intent on exploring modern offerings and the country’s historic past. The city is home to the blue-tiled dome of King Abdullah Mosque, a Roman Amphitheatre and hilltop Citadel, which tower over the city’s dynamic downtown. You can discover the country’s prized Bronze Age, Roman and Byzantine ruins, explore the 8th-century Umayyad Palace complex, and visit the Jordan Archaeological Museum to view artefacts from Bronze Age Jericho.
Jordan is also known for seaside resorts like the laid-back port of Aqaba, sandwiched between coastal mountains and the Red Sea. It’s home to offshore marine life and plentiful scuba diving opportunities, offering visitors the chance to explore coral reefs or spot turtles and dolphins in the warm waters of the Gulf of Aqaba.
Other fascinating Jordanian places to visit include the Dead Sea in the Jordan Rift Valley. At 400 metres below sea level, it’s the lowest point on earth and offers the chance to experience the strange sensation of floating on top of its salty waters. Wildlife enthusiasts should head to the Dana Biosphere Reserve, home to a heady mix of birds, including Verreaux eagles and blackcaps, as well as animal life such as ibex, sand cats and endangered wolves.
Whether you’re planning a visit to Jordan to explore its history, ancient cultures or wild and remarkable landscape, time spent here promises a world of unforgettable memories, so book your Jordan holiday today.