Jordan is a land of many facades, a place where history was created, ancient civilisations once flourished, and a vibrant culture stands strong today. Prepare to be awed on your holidays in Jordan.
This dazzling country has been home to a myriad of communities and cultures for many millennia, and though many things have changed, its dramatic desert scenery and breath-taking, yet small, coastline have drawn visitors to Jordan for centuries. Whether you want to relax by the comfort of the sea, explore the deserts with the Bedouin, or discover all the archaeological sites of the country, Jordan is up to the task.
Jordan’s weather is surprisingly mixed, with different parts of the country experiencing diversely different climatic conditions. The Jordan Valley area sees scorching hot summers and warm winters, while Amman and the Plateau area are warm in summer, but cold in winter, the latter seeing snow on occasions.
May to September is the best time to take a Jordan holiday, the earlier and later months of this period offering the most favourable weather. November to March sees some rain in many areas, Amman included. December and January can be cold in many locations, with warm clothes necessary if visiting in these months.
– Petra: the highlight of any Jordan holiday is a visit to this ancient city that was carved out of sandstone and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985. Originally the capital of the Nabataean kingdom, the city became a part of Rome’s territory until it was decimated by an earthquake around 663 AD. It was abandoned completely in the late 12th century then unearthed in the early 19th century. Some 3,000 visitors a day make their way around these impressive ancient remains, highlights of which include the Temple of the Winged Lions and the 8,000-seat amphitheatre. One of the essential visits in this city here is the Petra Archaeological Museum, showcasing some of the most interesting finds from archaeological digs at Petra and offering a comprehensive look at the history of the city from the time of the Nabateans onwards.
– Jerash: famous for its Roman ruins, Jerash is Jordan’s second most popular tourist destination after Petra. The city is awash with historical sights, the bulk of which are amazingly well-preserved and include highlights such as the Temple of Zeus, the Forum and the Temple of Artemis. A hippodrome in the city stages Roman-style chariot races, giving visitors a chance to witness events as they might have appeared several thousand years ago.
– Amman: the country’s capital city is not renowned for its aesthetic beauty, but it is a historically fascinating destination all the same. The city dates back around 5,000 years and is home to some interesting Roman remains, among which the Forum and the Citadel are notable. Also well worth a visit are the Temple of Herakles, the 5th to 6th century Byzantine Church, the Ummayad Palace and the National Archaeological Museum. For some of Amman’s most interesting ruins, visitors need to undertake a challenging walk up Citadel Hill (the hill that the Roman theatre sits at the foot of). From the top of the hill, awesome views across the city are possible and there are also the remains of early Islamic and Byzantine structures to explore.
– Wadi Rum: situated in the south of the country, Wadi Rum is a desert valley famed for its breathtaking scenery (featuring amazing rock formations) and for having been a popular haunt with Laurence of Arabia during the time of the Arab revolt against the Ottomans in WWI. The desert can be explored on camelback or in the relative comfort of a four-wheel drive vehicle.
– Other attractions when visiting Jordan include Aqaba (Jordan’s Red Sea Resort town near Wadi Rum), the Dead Sea (the Earth’s lowest point and second most salty body of water), the Jordan river and Holy Lands to visit Mount Nebo and the location where Christ is said to have been baptised by John (the Baptist) and perhaps a day at Madaba talking in its sights (the most famous of which is its mosaic of Jerusalem that dates back to the 6th century).Share this tour
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