JOR­DAN

World Travel Magazine - - Fea­ture Des­ti­na­tions 2019 -

Dubbed an open-air mu­seum, due to the many his­tor­i­cal sites able to be ex­plored out in the open, Jor­dan is one of the safest coun­tries to visit in the Mid­dle East––two key rea­sons why this coun­try graces our list for 2019. Am­man, the cap­i­tal, is one of the world’s old­est cities — it’s been in­hab­ited for ca. 7,000 years. The son of Cleopa­tra once re­built the en­tire city, be­fore it was handed over to the Ro­mans. This is why, to­day, vis­i­tors find an in­cred­i­ble Ro­man am­phithe­atre here, which still hosts events. There is also an art dis­trict and an old town worth vis­it­ing. The el­e­vated Rain­bow Street in the Ja­bal-am­man dis­trict of­fers stun­ning views of the old town when you need a break from tour­ing.

One of the new seven won­ders of the world is lo­cated in Jor­dan — the rose-red coloured city of Pe­tra. Here one can view an­cient palaces cut into the red rocks. Mars can be a bit tricky to get to, but for those who have al­ways fan­cied go­ing con­sider an al­ter­na­tive––the desert land­scape of Wadi Rum, a film lo­ca­tion for the movie Lawrence of Ara­bia. Here tourists can camp un­der the stars with the Be­douins and watch sto­ried un­earthly sunsets so in­cred­i­ble they will have you “Dream your dreams with open eyes and make them come true” (T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Ara­bia).

While in the desert, a trip to the Dead Sea is in or­der.

Due to the high salt con­tent in the Dead Sea, it’s en­tirely pos­si­ble to sim­ply float around. Vis­i­tors who en­joy the out­doors can, in ad­di­tion to desert ad­ven­tures, trek through the Dana Bio­sphere Re­serve, with its in­trigu­ing stone for­ma­tions, moun­tains, and val­leys, the re­serve is also one of the best places in the world to stargaze.

Jor­dan is fa­mous for and proud that Chris­tians and Mus­lims live peace­fully and work to­gether side-by-side. For Chris­tians, Mount Nebo where Moses is be­lieved to have seen The Promised Land, is a huge at­trac­tion. Close by you will find the town of Mad­aba, fa­mous for its mo­saic art­works.

For snorkel en­thu­si­asts, the Red Sea of­fers bril­liant op­por­tu­ni­ties for un­der­wa­ter ad­ven­tures. There’s an iconic tank to be ex­plored un­der­wa­ter near Aqaba, as well as sev­eral coral reefs.

March to May are the best months to visit Jor­dan, due to the mild cli­mate. Come June, Jor­dan gets very hot, which lasts un­til Au­gust, though it can still be swel­ter­ing in Septem­ber. While not as pop­u­lar as March-may, Oc­to­ber to Novem­ber are still good months to visit, while De­cem­ber till Fe­bru­ary can get very cold.

This page, from left, an­cient 6th Cen­tury Map Jerusalem Mo­saic Saint Ge­orge’s Greek Or­tho­dox Church Mad­aba Jor­dan. Mo­saic dis­cov­ered 1884 and de­picts the Holy Land, in­clud­ing Jerusalem; Ro­man ru­ins in the mid­dle of the an­cient citadel park in Am­man Op­po­site, from top, Al Khazneh - the trea­sury, an­cient city of Pe­tra; theatre ru­ins

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