A country of inspiring history, vast deserts, camels, rich religious culture, scenic mountains, stunning beaches, ancient ruins and welcoming people. Jordan is relatively new to the tourism scene, but is definitely worth a trip.
Jordan’s landscape is made up of almost an amazing 85% desert, but there is so much to do and explore. Immerse yourself in the culture, go camel riding, and diving, dune buggy through the desert, float lazily in the dead sea and visit the awe-inspiring, world renowned Petra. It will be a trip you’ll never forget.
Petra, the Ancient Nabataean city, carved into the sandstone of giant mountains, is a breath-taking world wonder. Built between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea more than 2000 years ago, it became an important passage for the trade of China’s silk, India’s spices and Arabia’s incense. Today it is a must-see for tourists.
To enter the city, you must got through the 1km siq, narrow gorge, and be completely encompassed by the seemingly everlasting 80m high cliffs. Exploring wonders such as the: Al-Khazneh, treasury; rock-cut temples and tombs; Umm al Amad copper mines and undergound galleries, and you’ll certainly feel unforgettably engrossed in the historical atmosphere.
With its burning red sands, vast space and extreme climate, the Wadi Rum desert provides the perfect, action-packed place to experience Jordan’s majestic nature. The best way to do it, is to stay longer than a day, and sleep over at a desert camp, watching the milky-way and magic shooting stars and listening to the wild sounds of the desert at night.
The Wadi Rum provided the location of David Lean’s 1962 film, Lawrence of Arabia, depicting the story of the English officer who led the Arab tribes successfully into battle against the Turks during WW1- T.E. Lawrence. The Bedouin people he lived alongside, are still an important part of the Wadi Rum today and offer tourists an authentic way to experience the desert, whether you stay with them in their camps or maybe just stop for a tea- sweet enough to give you tooth-ache.
The Dead Sea does not provide the typical beach holiday you’re used to. The intense, blue water has such a high salt density that you don’t swim… you float. Unfortunately it provides an inhospitable environment for any exciting sea life, however, it’s more than enough fun to spend your day chuckling at the sight of bobbing tourists surrounding you, or reading your newspaper like the guy in the picture above. Be warned- the high salt levels can be agony if they make their way into your eyes, or seep into even the tiniest of cuts: don’t shave before you visit.
For a cosmopolitan view of Jordan, visit its welcoming capital Amman, and explore the number of surprises it has to offer. Dotted throughout its steep terrain are open air souqs, art galleries, an array of cafes and restaurants offering beautiful cuisine, the Jordan Museum and the Roman Amphitheater. ‘Downtown’, the heart of the city houses a selection of mosques, the core of Jordanian life, and is overlooked by the ancient Citadel, or Jabal al-Qal’a.
Another trip to the seaside is on Jordan’s top sights list, but the Red Sea makes up for what the Dead Sea lacks- a vibrant coral reef and an exceptional, diverse collection of sea life. Home to some of the best snorkeling and diving sites in the Dead Sea, jumping into the clear waters of Aqaba is a refreshing, but equally as exciting break from the heat of the desert and Amman. See sting rays, manta rays, butterfly fish, eels, dolphins, angelfish and, especially for those Finding Nemo lovers, clown fish. Of course, with the pleasure of experiencing the wonders of the sea, it’s important to remember your responsibility to keep it beautiful – only leave bubbles.
When to go?
The large variations in climate, a surprising contrast to its small size, make Jordan a year-round destination depending on your top sight. The spring is probably best, temperatures are warm, but not scorching, the landscape is covered in wildflowers but there are strong desert winds. Summer brings frying heat, up to 45 degrees at Aqaba and the Dead Sea, and there is little floral beauty to be seen in the desert. The autumn weather is short-lived but more manageable temperatures and winter brings strong wind and rain and often even snowfall. Petra gets particularly cold in the depths of winter, but the warmth of Aqaba still remains.
As you can see, the sun shines pretty much all year round, so sunglasses are a must. At our site, we have a selection of sunglasses varied for any activity.
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Jordan provides such a diversity of activities and the perfect chance to experience a culture unlike your own. Which of its top sights is catching your eye? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us at @B Sunglassesunglasses
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