Jordan, officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an Arab kingdom situated in the Middle East. Many consider this small country an interesting paradox. It is a young nation, only established in 1964. However, it already possesses a proud ancient culture that started thousands of years ago. Visitors to Jordan can find evidence of these major civilization depicted in excellent archaeological ruins. Many of the well known biblical locations can be found in Jordan including Mount Nebo, the mountain where Moses was shown a view of the Promised Land as well as Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized. Several archaeological sites spanning numerous periods can be found in almost every city in Jordan.
However, Jordan is more than ancient ruins and desert landscape. The country is also considered to be one of Middle East’s most modern countries. The capital, Amman, is a modern Arab city with numerous shopping malls, hotel accommodations and restaurants. Jordan also has a host of outdoor sports activities in Wadi Rum and a thriving nightlife in Aqaba.
When planning a holiday in Jordan, there are many options on places to go, sights to see and activities to do. Here are just a few of the more popular tourist destinations in Jordan to add to the itinerary:
Petra – This city in Jordan is magnificently preserved and unique in its location as it is carved in a mountain. Petra is also known as the Rose City due to the deep pink colours found on the rock surface. The entrance to this ancient city is through a 1.25 km narrow gorge in the mountain—called the Siq. In the city are various structures carved into rock, including the Treasury, the Monastery, the Roman Theatre, the Royal Tombs, the High Place of Sacrifice. The entire city of Petra is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Madaba – The city of Madaba is well known for its mosaics, as well as important religious relics such as The Madaba Map, the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land that dates to the 6th century AD.
The Dead Sea – This is the lowest point on earth at 423 metres below sea level. It is the only depository of Jordan River. The Dead Sea area is home to numerous world-class resorts, water parks, a public beach and several international restaurants. Floating in the waters of the Dead Sea is an unforgettable experience.
Wadi Rum – This desert area is full of mountains and hills and is situated south of Jordan. Wadi Rum is popular for its variety of sports and outdoor activities, such as rock-climbing, hot-air ballooning, and camping in traditional Bedouin camps.
Jerash – The city of Jerash is an hour’s drive north from Amman but is definitely worth a visit. Jerash is an ancient Roman city with well-preserved ruins including the famous Hadrian’s Gate, the Nymphaeum, Oval Plaza and Temple of Artemis.
Aqaba – The only coastal city in Jordan, Aqaba sits on the northern tip of the Red Sea. It is a bustling seaside and diving resort. It also boasts of a vibrant nightlife that makes it a popular weekend destination for both tourists and locals alike. Aqaba's main attractions include some of the world's finest scuba diving and snorkelling.
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