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Jordan visit Uncovered: A Traveler's Guide to Experiencing the Ancient History and Timeless beauty

The treasury at Petra in Jordan

FAQs about visiting Jordan

To start my blog about visiting Jordan, I would like to start with some FAQs people have:

1. Is Jordan a safe destination for tourists?

Although Jordan is surrounded by less safe countries, like Syria, Israël, Palestina and Iraq, it's considered safe for tourists. The government has a high commitment to ensure the well-being of visitors. To check the current situation please visit this website

2. What is the best time to visit Jordan?

The best period for a visit in Jordan is spring and autumn. From March till May and October and November are good months for a visit.

3. What are the must-visit attractions in Jordan?

As you can read in the topics below Jordan has some iconic landmarks, historical sites and natural wonders such as Petra, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum and Jerash.

4. What should I wear in Jordan?

You are advised to dress modestly to respect local customs. Depending on the period of travel it's wise to bring layers of clothing. Especially when visiting Wadi Rum during wintertime it can get cold in the evening. Be sure to bring a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

5. Is it safe to drink tap water in Jordan?

No, it's better to use bottled water, avoid ice, brush your teeth preferably with bottled water, avoid street food washed in tap water like raw fruits and vegetables.

6. What is the currency in Jordan, and are credit cards widely accepted?

The local currency is JOD (Jordanian Dinar), don't buy these in the airport, better to go to a bank or currency exchange in the city (check the exchange rates as they can vary), credit cards are accepted in larger hotels and at the entrance of historical sides, however for restaurants and drinks or local souvenirs it's best to have some cash.

7. Are there any health precautions I should take before traveling to Jordan?

The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Jordan: COVID-19, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies and tetanus. Recommended for most travellers to the region, especially if unvaccinated.

8. What is the tipping etiquette in Jordan?

Tipping is not expected in Jordan, but always appreciated.

Discover Amman: a gateway to history

As we step off the plane onto the tarmac, the warm breeze welcomes us to Amman, the vibrant capital of Jordan. After a short ride to the city center we arrive in our hotel to relax.

Some must visit places in Amman are:

  • the Amman Citadel: historical site perched on Jebel al-Qala'a, offering panoramic views of the city. The ancient ruins, including the Temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace, provide a captivating glimpse into Jordan's rich past.

  • the Roman theater: The theater was primarily used for performances such as plays, musical events, and other public gatherings, showcasing the cultural vibrancy of the ancient city of Philadelphia, as Amman was known during the Roman period. It could accommodate around 6000 spectators. The architecture of this theater is very special as well as it is completely carved into the side of the mountain. Today the theater is still used for cultural events and performances.

  • Stroll on Souq Al-Sukar: this colourful local market is only minutes away from the Roman theater, you can find very tasteful fruits, nuts and vegetables here. A nice place to experience the atmosphere of Amman and to mingle among the locals.

Get impressed by the ancient city of Jerash- A Roman marvel

The Northern gate into the old Roman city of Jerash, Jordan.

Renowned as one of the best-preserved Roman provincial cities in the world, Jerash beckons travelers with its rich history, architectural marvels, and a captivating blend of the ancient and the contemporary. Here are compelling reasons why you should make Jerash a must-visit destination:

  • Jerash has an exceptionally well-preserved collection of Roman ruins, offering an immersive journey back in time! It starts by entering the old city from the Northern gate. After a short walk you will be surprised by the amazing grandeur of the Oval plaza.

  • Roman architecture and engineering: Jerash architecture reflects the grandeur and sophistication of Roman engineering. Impressive details of the colonnaded streets, theaters, and temples show the advanced construction techniques employed by the Romans.

  • The hippodrome: in Jerash you will also find one of the best-preserved Roman Hippodromes, which was used for chariot races and other entertainment.

  • Cultural events: even today lots of cultural events are held in Jerash.

Visit Salt: the old capital of Jordan

This hidden gem nestled in the heart of Jordan seems to stand still in time. Step back in time while wandering through Salt's well-preserved historical streets. This Ottoman-era architecture will charm you with it's traditional houses and charming alleys. Don't forget to visit a local market here and meet the local people with their genuine hospitality!

Have an authentic experience, dining with locals

If you like authentic experiences, go to the women's cooperative in Iraq el Amir and enjoy a locally prepared meal. This cooperative was founded by the Noor Al-Hussein Foundation over two decades ago. Today the women share special skills with travelers like traditional weaving, paper making, ceramics, and cooking. In an area that dates back to the Bronze Age with Greek and Ottoman influences the Cooperative is housed in a restored Ottoman era houses that are the last of their kind in the village. The women of the cooperative share their traditions with their quests to help preserve the region’s unique heritage.

Admire the beauty of Petra- The rose city

A breathtaking drive through the Jordanian desert leads us to Petra, the famed Rose City. After walking through the narrow Siq, a natural gorge flanked by towering cliffs, you will suddenly catch a first glimpse of the iconic Al-Khazneh, also known as the Treasury. The intricate carvings and vibrant hues of the rock formations make Petra a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a photographer's dream.

Besides the Treasury you will also be astonished by the beauty of the ancient theater and the Monastery.

Tip! Don't forget to climb up to the several view-points you have at the Monastery.

Check out little Petra and take a jeep ride up to the monastery

horse in front of the Monastery in Petra, Jordan

viewpoint near the Monastery in Petra, Jordan

Embark on a thrilling journey through the lesser-known gem of Little Petra. Here you can discover intricately carved facades, ancient water channels and the undeniable charm of a quieter, more intimate Petra experience.

For those seeking an exhilarating twist to their Petra exploration, hop into a sturdy 4X4 jeep at little Petra's entrance. (make sure to be here on time, as many people will be in waiting line to catch a Jeep ride)

The jeep ride from Little Petra to the Monastery is not just a means of transportation, it's an experience itself. While the driver navigates the jeep over rocky trails you will be able to admire amazing panoramic views of the arid mountainscape. This off-the-beaten-path adventure promises thrills for the adventure seeker and unmatched scenery for the avid photographer.

Enjoy a jeep safari in Wadi Rum - Mars on Earth

walking through the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

Another must-visit in Jordan is the Wadi Rum, a surreal desert landscape often referred to as "Mars on Earth." A jeep safari through the red sand dunes and towering rock formations reveals the timeless beauty of this UNESCO-listed site. No wonder it has been a popular location for movies as: Dunes, Starwars and Lawrence of Arabia. As the day winds down, we enjoy a traditional Bedouin dinner under the vast desert sky, accompanied by stories from the local guides. Spending the night in the desert definitely adds more value to the adventure.

Tip: take an early morning sunrise air balloon ride!

Go floating in the Dead Sea at the lowest point on earth

A short drive brings us to the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea. The mineral-rich waters offer a unique floating experience, and the therapeutic mud is a must-try spa treatment (and all this completely free!) After a relaxing day by the sea, we watch the sunset paint the horizon with hues of orange and pink, casting a serene glow over the water.

Indulge in the taste and flavors of the Middle East cuisine

A symphony of flavors

Jordanian cuisine is a vibrant celebration of Middle Eastern tastes, where the aromas of herbs and spices mingle with the richness of local ingredients. From the bustling street markets to upscale restaurants, every corner of Jordan offers a symphony of flavors that tell the tales of a culinary heritage passed down through generations.

Must-try Jordanian dishes

Indulge in a culinary exploration of Jordan's iconic dishes. From the savory delights of Mansaf, a traditional Jordanian feast, to the crispy goodness of falafel and the aromatic allure of Za'atar-spiced dishes, Jordanian cuisine delights the senses. Don't miss the chance to sample the national dish, Falafel, or experience the comforting embrace of Maqluba, a flavorful layered rice dish.

Street food extravaganza

Jordan's street food scene is a treasure trove of quick bites that pack a punch. Wander through the markets and savor Shawarma, a tantalizing blend of grilled meat, or sink your teeth into a Jordanian-style kebab. For those with a sweet tooth, Kunafa, a delectable pastry soaked in sweet syrup, is a must-try street dessert.

The spice bazaars

Jordan's spice markets are a sensory delight, with vibrant displays of exotic spices and herbs. Explore the aromatic stalls of downtown Amman's spice bazaars, where the scent of cardamom, cumin, and sumac fills the air. Take home a piece of Jordan's culinary heritage by stocking up on these aromatic treasures.

Unique places to stay in Jordan

Jordan offers a diverse range of unique and memorable accommodations that enhance the overall travel experience. Here are some of our favorites:

Wadi Rum Desert Camps

Experience the magic of the Wadi Rum desert by staying in a traditional Bedouin camp. These camps offer comfortable accommodations in the heart of the desert, allowing guests to stargaze, take part in cultural activities, and enjoy the serenity of the vast sand dunes.

Mazayen Rum Camp was an excellent experience!

Hotels near Petra

sunset at the Old Village hotel near Petra, Jordan

While visiting Petra and Little Petra we stayed at The Old Village Hotel & Resort . We loved the indoor pool here and the view was amazing. Also the restaurant serves excellent breakfast and dining options. Another unique place to stay near Petra is the 7 Caves Hotel, serving excellent food.

Dead Sea Spa Resorts

Opt for a spa resort along the shores of the Dead Sea for a luxurious and therapeutic experience. Many resorts in this area offer unique amenities like private Dead Sea beaches, mud treatments, and infinity pools with breathtaking views. Our favorite was Crowne Plaza Dead Sea, you have access to the beach and Dead Sea by the elevators. A very beautiful wellness with amazing sunset views and the dead Sea experience is excellent.

Check out my complete itinerary on the Travogram app here.

I hope this blogpost helped you out to prepare for your own visit to Jordan. If you still have questions, just ask them in the comments, I will be happy to help!

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