10 Best Places to Visit in Jordan

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Madaba

Madaba is a city in the Jordan's central governorate of Madaba, Jordan and is located 85 km south of Amman in the West Bank and about 10 km east of the Dead Sea.

Madaba is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Madaba is a relatively large town in the region with a population of 70,000 people.

Even though Madaba has been extensively studied by archaeologists, historical figures, and clergy, there is little reliable information for those who want to dig deeper to uncover the hidden and long buried treasures. Madaba is one of the most well preserved examples of urban life from the beginning of Islam and its predecessor, the Early Christianity of the Roman and Byzantine periods in the Middle East.

There is also a very active local community of Twelver Shiite Muslims. In the course of its history, the city has functioned as an administrative center for the broader region.

Madaba is believed to have been settled throughout the years by many different people and cultures, and today it is a city of many faiths and ethnicities that have added to its way of life and culture.

Dana Nature Reserve

Undoubtedly, Jordan is the best place to visit for various reasons. Jordan is a large country that is a major tourist attraction and has plenty of natural beauties to offer the world to. In many countries, people come for the religious and cultural significance of visiting a holy place, but in Jordan, that's not the case. It's about the natural glory. Dana reserve, for example, is truly a natural God-created work of art. Overlooking from the mountain ridge, the Dana reserve really looks like any garden from the surface where man has not interfered. The reserve has over 450 endemic bird species, which is more than in any other country. In addition, it is home to over 500 species of plants.

Jordan's Dana nature reserve is managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, which was formed in 1895 in New York. Dana is well known to many Jordanians and is a popular tourist attraction, located in the Ajloun Governorate about 13 miles west of Ajloun. The Dana reserve covers a total area of 680,000 acres.

Aqaba

There is much to see in Aqaba, Jordan. One of our favorites is the Aqaba Marriott Resort & Convention Center, which is one of the most modern hotels in the area. Rowena and I had a delightful time while relaxing at the resort pool overlooking the Dead Sea.

Aqaba has something for everyone. The Two Whales Restaurant located at the Marriott is perfect for a leisurely lunch in a scenic setting with a view of the Red Sea.

Those who prefer more action in their vacations can take a short drive to the Coral Reef Club. This is a popular dive site, so you are guaranteed a few fun memories.

Next, we had a great time kayaking the Red Sea and swimming in the Dead Sea. When the weather is right, the beaches are picturesque too.

The climate and landscape of Aqaba make it one of the least expensive locations to vacation. It also has easy access to multiple nearby dive sites and a variety of attractions.

Aqaba has some great shopping as well. The Arjar mall has everything you need, plus many fun attractions, but keep an eye on what you buy in this Islamic country.

Other sites of interest are the Marrah Mosque, the Aqaba Souq Market, and the Aqaba Palace Hotel & Resort. Cheers to a fun and exciting week.

Al-Karak

If you’re a fan of Disney’s Aladdin then Al-Karak is the place you must take a visit to. It is the traditional home town of Aladdin and Jasmine. The best part about this city is that it is well-preserved and is the most popular tourist attraction in Jordan.

This city is a must visit for all the classic Disney fans. There are a lot of things to do here, including some beautiful historical structures and sites. The Citadel is a group of historical buildings in this city. Most of them are ancient Greek and Roman.

There are also some of Roman and Greek temples in the Citadel. You can also visit the Historic Souk, Al-Fananie Residence and Emirate Palace. In the latter, you will have the opportunity to see some of the rarest treasures of Jordan.

When it comes to the local cuisine of Jordan, Ar-reesh is a must-have delicacy. This restaurant serves world-renowned quality food. It has some of the most delicious dishes, including shish tawuk and shish tawouk, grilled lamb and grilled chicken.

One of the best things about the Citadel is that it is right in the center of the city. Everything is within walking distance, which makes it go with ease.

Amman

Amman is a nice tourist city that can be easily reached by bus, train, and taxi, or by renting a car. Amman is the capital of Jordan and has many historical sites that you might want to visit. The city is known for its shopping areas, lively night life, and lot of tourists. It has a large population that speaks both Arabic and English.

Amman is a small city and it only takes an hour to get between the far north of the city to the southern end. There are many urban parks around the city that are very big and very beautiful.

You will also come across several mosques here and there. The Al-Azhar mosque is one of the biggest mosques in the world.

You might also want to try going to the Citadel if you have enough time. It can be accessed by car or by taxi. It is also a historical site in the city.

There are also two museums in Amman. The French Cultural Center is a notable one. Israeli Arab artist held an exhibition at the museum. Also, the Jordan Museum has galleries on the history of the Mesopotamian civilization.

Amman has many sports centers in them. You can visit these centers and make use of their gyms. Also, swimming pools are a very common site in Amman. If you want to swim in the Jordanian waters, then come to the Trade Center Swimming Pool which is located in West Amman.

Desert Castles

Desert Castles is the name given to a group of ancient hillside castles that are found in Jordan. They consist mainly of immense, circular, rampart-type fortifications that protect the various viewpoints atop the 50- to 140-metre-high hills above the arid valleys below.

The most prominent Desert Castles are the castles of Al-Maghtas (Al-Khazneh), Ansata, Qasr Amra, and Kharaba. There are also several smaller castles, such as those of Abu Simbel. The castles in the desert have particularly elaborate entranceways, and some of the most spectacular are found at Qasr Amra.

The castles are made of stone, with some also having impressive buildings or temples inside. The majority of the interiors of the castles have not been explored due to their remote location, but a number of drawings, coins, utensils, and other items have been found.

One of the most important Desert Castles, Kharaba, was the capital of the Ghassanids, a Christian Arab dynasty that ruled much of southern Syria from the 3rd to the 8th century.

Dead Sea

Four and a half miles below the Jordan Jordan is the third largest Dead Sea on the planet. Its famous therapeutic qualities got it the name, the “Salt Sea”.

Zipporah’s footprints, which symbolize the future birthplace, lie along the road to the Dead Sea. The largest salt lake in the world sits just below its namesake. It is 95% saline, with therapeutic qualities only available throughout the saltiest of the saltiest (pun intended).

Whether you like to swim, take a dip in an ice-cold pool, or just soak in a mud bath, the Dead Sea is the place for you. You can choose from mud baths, water baths, or salt rubs. However, you can only access the Dead Sea at Yotvata, Israel or at Quseifiyya, Jordan.

The Dead Sea contains 21.6 millions of metric tons of salt. It is not only used for its therapeutic qualities, but also (almost) solely for visual effect and sale price.

Physics and thermodynamics dictate that the salt in the Dead Sea must have come from the Mediterranean Sea. Since nearly 80% of all water on Earth lives in the sea, towns such as Potas-solthe Dead Sea would have to be around in order to support the water life.

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Wadi Rum

Just south of the Jordanian capital, Amman, is a valley with nature as a backdrop for its spectacular landscape. The site is littered with wadis, or valleys, that serve as the homes for a wide variety of creatures. Marvel at the wadis while spending a day here, including a trip to the nearby Dana Reserve, home to 40 species of birds.

The site is rich in biodiversity, including an area with desert plants and a six-meter deep canyon. Stop by a Bedouin village for a camel trek and enjoy dinner with a traditional Bedouin meal, such as hummus harasha, the Bedouin staple that’s made from ground chickpea and mixed with tahini and yogurt.

Some of the species that live here are the Nabatean Gazelle, the Beticeros, the Amman Syrian, the Nubian Desert Cat, the Golden Jackal, and the Felis Catus Wild Cat.

Petra

Petra is a city known for its archaeological significance along with being a major destination for visitors and travelers. This desert city is surrounded by red sandstone mountains and has been dubbed as the mysterious city. This ancient serene city was listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

It’s a step back in time to days of old when the city was a vibrant metropolis. The entrance to Petra is sealed off by a massive carvings. The first time you walk through the gateway it will be overwhelming to see the intricate artistic work that was carved out of stone.

The city is divided into three sections which are the Royal Tombs, the Petra Canyon, and the Royal Temple.

Though many of the buildings in this ancient city have been destroyed, there is a misconception that this is what happened to Petra. In reality, the area is slowly being eroded away by the Nabateans, the people who were responsible for building Petra. This was done by creating a chasm which allowed the streams of mountain water to cut away the mountains which then traveled away from Petra.

Map of Jordan