Carved among the tall giant red mountains and deep valleys, you will find the well-known carved facades, which were both treasuries, royal tombs, temples, monasteries and ordinary dwellings, during the city’s great era. These magical monuments were built by the Nabateans, probably about 500 years BC and were a major trading town for silk and spices. The city linked trade routes from China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. Petra has been on UNSECO’s World Heritage list since 2007 and is also the scene of a number of well-known films. and major tourist attraction. You can’t go to Jordan and miss Petra simply!
Jordan’s most famous desert, also known as the “Mandal”, is found in Wadi Rum. It is also the place where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T.E. Lawrence (so-called Lawrence of Arabia) based its headquarters during the Arab revolt against the Ottomans during the First World War. Many famous books and movies have been written about this uprising. Here you can take a ride in four-wheel-drive vehicle with drivers and explore this exciting landscape for a couple of hours, you can also explore the area with dromedaries. Take a look at how Bedouins live and sleep in a tent camp, where you can see how to cook using the sand. Listen to the silence, look at the starry sky and drink tea at the campfire. Wake up early in the morning and watch the sunrise on a dromedary or up on a sandy beach. Enjoy the beautiful light reflected on the high rock formations and in the sand.
Without a doubt, the Dead Sea is the world’s most amazing and different place. The Dead Sea is about 400m below sea level and is the lowest point on the Earth’s surface. The sea is so salty so no life can be found in or next to it, no fish, algae or birds. At the bottom of the sea there are mineral salts used in industry, agriculture, beauty and health care. Here you can stop and try to bathe. The salt content means that you cannot swim as usual but float up. Do not dip your face in the water, it is fraught with danger and stings tremendously! There are several resort spas and hotel facilities where you can stay over one or more nights. Many come here to cure various skin diseases such as psoriasis. The minerals in the clay found in the lake are said to be healing for various types of skin problems.
Petra is famous, but have you heard of Jerash? The ancient Roman city, located outside Amman and is the best preserved Roman city in the Middle East and is truly impressive. The Romans occupied the area around 63 BC and were present for about 700 years. When the city flourished at its best, close to 30,000 people lived here. You visit the hippodrome that is still used today, city walls, Roman baths, fountains, various temples and a fantastic unusual and unique forum (market and meeting place) that is oval. Hadrian’s Arch, built 126 AD welcomes visitors. The city is also called the city of the pillars and you can understand it as there are pillars all over the plain! You walk on the paved street cardo maximus, lined with columns and for those who can, can climb up to the large amphitheater. There you have an excellent view over the whole area.
Amman, Jordan’s capital, is definitely worth stopping in and visiting. Here you will encounter a fascinating contrast – a unique blend of old and new. The city is located on seven hills between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. Here you should visit the old town, with a lovely market, King Hussein’s Mosque, and above all Citadel Hill (Jabal al-Qalá), with temples and other archaeological finds (miss not the museum next door), the outstanding view from Citadell Hill over Amman is not to be missed. In the city’s commercial heart, ultra-modern buildings, hotels, restaurants, art galleries are blended with traditional cafes, shops and artisans.