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Where to go in Jordan

Where to go in Jordan Where to go in Jordan

There is no mistaking the fact that Jordan is a Kingdom steeped in history and culture. From the moment you arrive, you get a sense of its rich heritage, all around are remnants of ancient civilizations long since past, yet they still remain, stamped into the very fabric of this amazing Kingdom and etched into the soul of the people who live here. To find out more about historical sites in Jordan, select a destination from the dropdown below . 

Where to go in jordan ?

Visitors are often struck by the vast array of tour destinations in Jordan, and the choice can be overwhelming! To help make your decision easier, here is a selection of the most outstanding areas of interest:

Southbound, to God’s country :

Whether it’s the mosaics of the Moabite town of Madaba, the divine promises made at Mount Nebo, or the beheading of John the Baptist at Herod’s palace in Mukawir, you should travel south if you want to retrace the steps of famous Biblical figures. Then onward Christian soldiers to Kerak castle, built by the mighty Payem in 1136 AD and one of the finest examples of Crusader military construction. 

Rock and roll – sand style :

You cannot fail to be ‘rocked’ by the stunning rose-red city of Petra, home to the mysterious Nabateans who painstakingly carved their breathtaking capital from the surrounding mountains at around 300 BC. And we mustn’t forget the adjacent Baidah, or Little Petra, a neolithic village dating from 7000-6500 BC which contains a uniquely complete record of the development of Neolithic architecture. 

The further South you travel, the more impressive our romantic sandstone landscape becomes. Then, just when you thought you’d seen it all, prepare yourself for Wadi Rum, the great desert once travelled by Lawrence of Arabia himself. This is where our descriptive talents run dry – we can only say ‘seeing is believing’ and guide you round the awesome monuments of nature and civilisation that have put their stamp on this area. Let the rolling sands seduce you, by jeep or on horseback. 

Need to wash that red dust off your face? Head for Aqaba on the gulf of the Red Sea, once a strategic location on the caravan route between Arabia, Syria, Egypt and Palestine and now a thriving centre for business and leisure activities, water sports in particular – so pack your swimming gear! 

Of kings and philosophers :

Since the beginning of time, man has chosen to make a show of his power by building in stone, and the desert castles and palaces of the 8th Century Ummayad Caliphs are no exception. Prepare to be amazed by ancient hunting lodges and bathing houses – in the middle of the desert! 

What about seats of learning? The mightiness of Emperor Trojan is reflected in the city of Gadara (now Umm Qais) and mentioned by the Roman geographer Strabo as a centre for poets and philosophers. The Decapolis city of Pella is another vestige of the Roman empire and can be enjoyed for its largely unexcavated condition. Should you have further need to observe the creative muscle of the past, visit Shoubak, where Baldwin I built the Mons Regalis fortress in 1115. 

Salt of the earth :

Aren’t we forgetting something? No, we’re just saving the best till last. The Dead sea area of Jordan is perhaps one of our most well-known regions and quite rightly deserves its reputation as a spa mecca. Sea salt scrub anyone? 

Talking of salt, Lot’s Cave near Safi is a fascinating spot for anyone interested in the infamous Sodom and Gomorrah and the associated tales of Lot, whose disobedient wife is still with us, albeit in sodium chloride formation. 

But we’re not quite finished. Some of you will be saying: That all sounds great but I want something different, something…

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