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