Glorious ancient architecture, desert adventures, deep sea diving, local homestays, delicious Jordanian cooking, spectacular holy sites, the Red Sea and the Dead Sea are just some of the reasons to visit Jordan. Jordan is home to historic cities, museums, and luxury beachside resorts and has something to suit all interests. As there are so many things to do in Jordan, we have picked a few favorites to offer a taste of what Jordan is all about – here are our top 5 reasons to visit Jordan.
1) Historic Treasures of Jordan
History aficionados will be in awe of the architectural wonders of Jordan. Almost every town, city and village in this ancient nation is home to a significant historical site. From the Roman amphitheaters to the Crusader Castles of the Ottoman Empire, Jordan is brimming with historic treasures.
Along with its castles, sandstone temples and churches, cities including Petra and Amman boast world-renowned museums with ancient artifacts such as the oldest human statues in the world. Whether you hope to learn more about the Hashemite Kingdom, or, just wish to marvel at pretty buildings, the majestic architecture and archaeological ruins of this nation will keep you occupied for at least a week.
2) First Class Hospitality
When we say first class hospitality, we’re not talking about luxury hotels and haute cuisine – though you will find this in Jordan as well. The hospitality that makes it onto our list of reasons to visit Jordan is that of the Jordanian people. Due to the continuous influx of foreign tradesmen over the centuries, good hospitality has always been a part of the Jordanian culture.
Today, the people of Jordan will go above and beyond to make foreign visitors feel at home. From offering detailed directions to inviting you in for a glass of tea, the Jordanian people will endeavor to make sure that you have the best possible holiday in Jordan. Tourists are always impressed by the hospitality of the locals and it is a constant draw to the country.
If you visit local haunts and are open to conversation you will be sure to discover new experiences and friendships.
3) Unique Adventures in Jordan
With the Wadi Rum Desert, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea and the Jordan Trail, visitors can take on a number of unique adventures. Test your stamina with a forty day hike on the Jordan Trail, or, walk a small section of the trail to experience the beautiful scenery of this vast land.
There are waterfalls and lakes that are perfect for swimming and plenty of climbing and abseiling opportunities. For an overnight experience gazing up at the Milky Way, take a camel ride across the Wadi Rum desert and camp beneath the stars with our Bedouin Experience. For those who prefer a slower pace of life, head to one of the beach resorts located along the Red Sea.
Here you can expect azure waters that are perfect for windsurfing, water skiing and diving down to view the bright coral reefs. Jordan also finds itself beside the Dead Sea where visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquillity of this world famous salt lake, or, even take a dip and discover the Dead Sea’s incredible floating powers.
4) The Nightlife in Jordan
Jordan isn’t just ancient architecture and a pretty landscape; it is a nation that has embraced the 21st Century with open arms. Visitors come to Jordan expecting plenty to do in the day and very little to do in the evening – well, this is a misconception.
The country may have some strict rules but it values the importance of socializing and with that in mind it boasts a brilliant nightlife. The city of Amman, in particular, has plenty of trendy bars, live music and DJs for tourists and locals alike to unwind and party the night away beneath the glimmering stars.
5) Delicious Delicacies
Any holidaymaker would agree that food plays a very important role in the traveling experience. Well those of us with a passion for eating tasty dishes will not be disappointed in Jordan. This Middle Eastern gem is full of creative delicacies such as Mansaf (a combination of lamb and yogurt).
Food in Jordan is based on a social experience and many restaurants showcase this with sharing plates which is ideal for families and larger groups. The nation caters very well for vegetarians with locally sourced produce and family recipes. From extravagant dining experiences to local favorites at a street food market, visitors are guaranteed the very best of Arab cuisine.
There are many reasons to visit Jordan and if this list hasn’t convinced you then maybe you should just go and see for yourself. From adrenaline-fuelled adventures to cruising along the Red Sea, Jordan is a perfect combination of thrilling experiences and some well-earned R&R. Whether traveling with children or on a romantic escape, you will never be short of things to do.