If you’re sick of seeing the exact same holiday photos filling your feed (looking at you, Amalfi, Mykonos, Maldives) and yearn for something…more, book a trip to Jordan. A fascinating mix of ancient ruins, desert adventures, warm hospitality and coral reefs, Jordan is one of those once-in-a-lifetime holiday destinations that you tell your future grandchildren all about. Synonymous with the ancient city of Petra, an incredible archaeological site preserved in the windswept Siq of southern Jordan, the ruins of this once-great lost city are breath-taking and lure travellers from all over. While the exact history of Petra is somewhat sketchy, Petra played an important role as a thriving trade centre around the time of the Roman Empire and is an absolute must-see.
Although it might be tempting to spend all of your time in Jordan exploring Petra, that would be a mistake as then you would miss the deserts of Wadi Rum and its incredible rock formations and moonscapes. Jordan’s capital city Amman is also a must-visit. As the launch pad for many Jordan tours, Amman is a fascinating destination in its own right. It’s here where you will find the ruins of the ancient citadel and Roman Theatre. For a Middle Eastern beach holiday, be sure to include a few days in the port city of Aqaba on the Red Sea to snorkel your way around the Aqaba Marine Park. A holiday in Jordan will uncover a Middle Eastern jewel that will leave you with lasting memories.
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Frequently asked questions
Amman is the capital city of Jordan, but visitors flock to Jordan to see the ancient city of Petra. Known as the Rose City, Petra is one of the most recognisable cultural heritage sites in the world.
Jordan is best known for Petra, an ancient city that was carved into its rock formation surroundings. The iconic Al-Khazneh (Treasury) is one of the most recognisable cultural heritage sites in the world.
Aim to visit Jordan in either autumn or spring, when the temperatures are milder than the sizzling summers and surprisingly chilly winters. However, any time is a good time to visit Jordan. Just ensure you are prepared for the season and pack accordingly.
Marvel in the unique landscapes and cultural heritage around Petra and Wadi Rum, get wet in the Red Sea, and enjoy a city break in Amman.
If you want to take in the cities of Amman and Petra and take a trip to the Dead Sea coast and the desert of Wadi Rum, allow at least a week in Jordan.
Light clothing and layers are the secret to packing for a trip to Jordan. Don’t leave home without a hat, sunnies and water bottle, and make sure you are wearing your comfiest shoes – you’ll be doing a lot of walking around Petra.
Petra is a must-see, and while you’re in the country’s south you may want to spend some time in the desert for an authentic Bedouin experience. If sun and sand appeals to you, make sure you spend some time in the Jordan coastal city of Aqaba, where you can enjoy swimming and water activities in the Red Sea.