What to see in Jordan

Jordan Attractions

Like much else in Jordan, the variety and quality of sightseeing opportunities will take visitors by surprise if they haven't done their homework, as there is far more to see than just desert landscapes, although these are just as breathtakingly beautiful as any other in the world. Jordan gives travellers a great way to see the Middle East in a safe environment, considering its hostile neighbours, and everything one wants out of a desert adventure can be found here. Jordan is on friendly terms with everyone that surrounds them, making it the safest destination to travel to in the Middle East, all while serving up fantastic sights such as the ancient and wonderful city of Petra, which is certainly a must see while in Jordan.

Beyond Petra, there are many other fascinating desert cities, castles and fortresses to be explored, many of which can easily be accessed from the capital of Amman or from the lively city of Aqaba. Visitors can opt to take these excursions by local taxi, hired car, 4x4 or do it in style, atop a camel, as native Jordanians have done for centuries. But Jordan is not all desert, sand and camels, there are also great opportunities for visitors to get there feet wet in either the Dead Sea or the Red Sea. While the Red Sea (situated at the very southernmost tip of Jordan) offers up a fantastic chance to swim and scuba in crystal clear waters, harbouring some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world, the Deas Sea experience is something totally different, as the lowest point on earth, allowing swimmers to float weightlessly in its extremely salty waters.

Desert Castle Loop

Stretching to the east of Amman towards Saudi Arabia and Iraq is the vast desert plain where a cluster of historic ruins…

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Situated about 31 miles (50km) north of Amman is one of the top attractions in Jordan: the ancient city of Jerash, considered…

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The Medeba of the Bible is today Madaba, 'the City of Mosaics', most famous for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad…

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Mount Nebo

The most sacred site in Jordan, Mt Nebo is believed to be the burial site of Moses who climbed the hill in order to survey…

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Carved into the rock and protected by rugged mountains on all sides is Jordan's most famous attraction, the ancient city…

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The Dead Sea

Situated about 28 miles (45km) from Amman, lies the famous attraction of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 1,335…

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Wadi Rum

Lying 42 miles (68km) north of Aqaba, the scenery of Wadi Rum is acclaimed as one of the most stunningly beautiful desert…

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Amelia Stewart has travelled extensively in the Middle East since 1994, and was among the first UK tour operators in Libya. More recently she has been exploring and developing tour itineraries in Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Sudan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Mali, and Ethiopia.

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