It seems that everyone wants to go to Jordan lately: the good reasons to visit this pearl of the Middle East are in fact plenty.
Not only the archaeological ruins of the legendary city of Petra, but also the remains of the ancient Roman cities are among the sites of interest. And what about the nights in tented camps under the starry sky in the Wadi Rum desert or the therapeutic baths in the healthy waters of the Dead Sea?
And for those looking for Jordan tours with a seaside extension, the resorts in Aqaba must be taken into consideration.
Let's find out together all the good reasons to visit Jordan this year.
If you're still undecided whether or not to book that flight to Amman, here are all the good reasons that will convince you to do it immediately.
Jordan has a rich and ancient past, which has its roots in prehistory. Roman and Byzantine dominations have left important traces on the territory, offering countless ruins to modern tourists.
On the one hand, in fact, there are the remains of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, which almost alone is worth the trip, but the beautiful Roman ruins in the capital Amman and in Jerash are also not to be overlooked. Even a tour of Jordan's medieval castles, accompanied by expert local guides, can prove to be full of surprises.
The immense stretches of sand that cover most of Jordan have long fascinated foreigners. The presence of the Bedouins is still very strong, and can be found in customs, foods, music and literature.
Exploring Wadi Rum and spending a night in a tented camp, perhaps sharing tea in a Bedouin tent with local people, is an experience that will remain etched in your memory forever.
The use of spices, yogurt and rice make Jordanian cuisine an example of delicious Middle Eastern tradition. Jordanian hospitality is expressed by sharing their meal with foreigners. A unique opportunity to get to know the appetizing dishes of local gastronomy, from Mansaf, a national dish based on chicken or lamb, to Ai-Zarb.
If you want to know more about Jordanian cuisine, also read here.
Jordanians are welcoming and hospitable people, even towards tourists. Their long history of survival in the desert has made them open and generous, ready to invite a foreigner into their homes, and offer them food and drinks.
Gorgeous Petra is what made Jordan famous. Excavated in the rock, it was founded by a legendary king and used for centuries as a passage point for Bedouins and merchants.
Located about 250 km from the capital Amman, it boasts an ancient history, being already mentioned in the Qumran manuscripts. It was the capital of the Nabatean kingdom and then abandoned in the eighth century. In 1812 it was rediscovered by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an archaeological national park. Petra is also among the seven wonders of the modern world.
Bedouin heritage is still very much alive in Jordan. With their traditions, desert inhabitants have contributed to the cultural enrichment of the country. The musical and literary traditions of this people are unique. A trip to Jordan cannot be considered complete without learning about it.
Musical traditions are greatly influenced by the presence of the Bedouins, who usually sing in groups of men. Western instruments are also used, alongside traditional ones.
Despite being in an area of the world affected by conflict (just think of neighboring Syria), Jordan is a safe country, which has managed to maintain peace in a difficult regional situation.
The Dead Sea is actually a lake, so salty that it makes it impossible for flora and fauna to grow inside it. Its particular salinity, however, has long been used in body cosmetics with excellent results. Take a refreshing bath in its waters before returning home.
Jordan is full of beautiful cities, developed from the few but thriving oases in the desert that makes up two thirds of the territory. It is a landscape that is worth admiring at least once in a lifetime. Those who love photography will find plenty of photo opportunities here.
If Jordan has conquered your heart, pack your bags and embark on this incredible journey. Below are the travel offers proposed by our local operators.