6 places in Jordan you cannot miss!

Jordan is one of the most underrated countries in my opinion. With a cultural and geographical diversity that puts most of its neighbors to shame, Jordan will surprise you with its tremendous landscapes, natural marvels and a history that dates as far back as the early Stone Age. Jordan has something to offer to everyone.

Here are 6 places in Jordan that you absolutely must visit!

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#1 The capital city - Amman

The capital of Jordan is an interesting blend of the ancient ruins surrounded by the not-so-ancient yet not too modern houses. It is a concrete jungle that hides archaeological and historical artifacts, which must be searched for in between the crowded and chaotic life. The downtown area features Roman ruins like the amphitheater on one hand and numerous cafes, restaurants, shops, mosques, and souks on the other. However, it lacks the character which you will find in other cities, once you move out of the capital.

The Citadel stands on top of the highest hill in Amman, overlooking the downtown area and the rest of the city. The amphitheater and the citadel are the only two ancient relics remaining in the capital itself.

Concrete Jungle - Amman, the capital of Jordan
Concrete Jungle - Amman, the capital of Jordan

Amman Citadel

Recommended budget city-centre stay hotel in Amman: ibis Amman

#2 Historical city of Jerash

Less than an hour by road is this ancient city, which is one of the few surviving Roman ruins preserved so beautifully. The structures are intact in a more wholesome manner than you would find in many other places. A walk around this area will take you more than 2000 years back, and the good condition of the ruins help you piece together a lot of aspects of the ancient lifestyle.

Oval Plaza, Jerash

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#3 Lowest point on Earth - Dead Sea

Another 1-hour drive away from Amman is the lowest point on the earth - Dead Sea. However, this is not the most awe-inspiring fact about this place. The Dead Sea is known to be so salty, that even non-swimmers can float in the water without drowning. The area has some excellent hotels and spas that have made the most of the health and wellness tourism. The minerals in Dead Dea's mud are considered to be extremely healing and good for the skin. The hills surrounding the sea make for some very dramatic landscape and many hotels are located at the edge of the cliffs, offering some amazing views of the highly saline deep blue lake.

Recommended hotel: Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, Dead Sea (mostly because it is a brilliant hotel with an amazing infinity pool and spa).

Floating in the Dead Sea

Enjoying the view of Dead Sea from an infinity pool

#4 The ancient abandoned city of Petra

These beautiful archaeological ruins of an entire city are a must visit!  This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates as far back as 300 BC. As you enter the unique city, you will walk between massive rock pillars, called the Siq, before approaching the most photographed part of the ruins - Treasury. You will be in awe of the elaborate architecture of the tombs and temples, of which many have been preserved to a great extent. The red sandstone cliffs and gorges amidst an arid desert, flanked by the local Bedouins and their camels, the city is known to have been abandoned ages ago for reasons which are unknown.

Check this link for packages (1-2-3 days). If possible, I would recommend you to spend a night here, as this will mean you can enjoy an elaborate tour of Petra's wonders, both during the day and night.

Recommended stay: Mövenpick Resort Petra, located right at the entrance and with a restaurant/lounge that overlooks the beautiful ancient city.

Petra Siq

Petra Treasury

Petra's ruins

#5 The expansive protected site Wadi Rum

Less than 2 hours away from Petra is this vast expansive desert amidst canyons which can be experienced in two ways - a jeep tour on these thick orange-red sand dunes which will last a couple of hours or an overnight stay in one of the Bedouin campsites, where you can treat yourself to Arabic hospitality while getting back to the basics with minimal but required facilities at the camps. Sheltered in between the cliffs and in the quietness of the desert, you can enjoy unobstructed views of the clear starry night skies, build a bonfire, smoke a shisha (water pipe) and indulge in some amazing Arabic fare.

Recommended jeep tour & overnight camping company: Wadi Rum Jeep Tours

Wadi Rum

Camping at Wadi Rum

Jeep Tours at Wadi Rum

I highly recommend you to try 'glamping' in a transparent glass bubble in Wadi Rum, with a fantastic view of the star-lit sky. Click here to book.

#6 Serene & beautiful coastal city Aqaba

Aqaba is a very laid back town, perfect for vacationers, with its numerous resorts, some of which are located right on the beach. Popular for water sports, there isn't much else to do here than relax by the gorgeous beaches or enjoy some exciting activities such as snorkeling or windsurfing. The city is less than 4 hours by road from Amman and is a refreshing contrast in the landscape to the rest of the country.

Recommended stay: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

Red Sea, Aqaba

Snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of Red Sea, Aqaba

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43 thoughts on “6 places in Jordan you cannot miss!”

  1. We had 2 days in Jordon and missed a lot of the things on your list. But we knew we wanted to return one day. A jeep tour and overnight stay at Wadi Rum would definitely be on the travel plans. And snorkelling in the Red Sea sounds perfect.

  2. I have never been to Jordan. Looks like there are so many interesting places to see here. History and architecture – Amman citadel looks impressive! Also, you actually are floating on the Dead Sea, wow! Bookmarking your blog post for future. 🙂

  3. I was planning Egypt and Jordan for my cousins, and I came across there are so many interesting places to visit in Jordan. Your post just helped me restructure it. I was thinking where or not to include Wadi Rum in their plan, but I think they must not miss it. So they enter from the south, visit Wadi Rum, then Petra, and then Dead Sea, and then head to Amman and visit the interesting sites of the capital city.

  4. I agree with you completely that Jordan is perhaps one of the most underappreciated places on the global tourism map. I completely fell in love with the majestic expanse of Wadi Rum and the hospitality of local Bedouins when we visited. We did not manage to get to Jerash though. I guess that is a reason to visit again.

  5. I’ve always wanted to venture to Jordan to see Petra and the Dead Sea, but I love you’re additional suggestions. THe capital looks fabulous and, you’re right, it’s definitely a concrete jungle! I also love your photos of the Red Sea — so pristine!

    1. Amman isn’t my favourite place in Jordan. I love the Dead Sea and Petra, even Wadi Rum 🙂

  6. I’ve heard so many good things about the Dead Sea from my ex-boyfriends mom. I hope to make it there someday and will definitely want to stay at Kempinski if only for the infinity pool and the amazing view! And OMG! Petra is a dream!

  7. It is a dream for me to visit Jordan one day! And to see all these sites you have shown here. The photographs are great. Petra would be incredible to see (Indiana Jones fan here!) and the Dead Sea must be so interesting to float in! Beautiful.

  8. So much history and beauty in one place. How is the food culture here? that’s usually a major motivation for me to explore a place…great food = happy zee hehehe

    I would def love to swim in the dead sea…how is the sea life for snorkeling?

    1. There’s a lot of meat if you like that 🙂 Dead sea is great to swim in, you actually just float in it, even if you don’t swim. Snorkeling in the Red Sea is pretty amazing, lots of coral, sea life and clear waters.

  9. I’m blown away by your photos! I love Jerash…. One of the best preserved sites of Roman architecture outside Italy.

  10. I’ve always wondered why the dead sea is called the dead sea and it one thing I’ve heard about the most as far as Jordan is concerned. It is definitely on my list of places to visit especially since I don’t need a visa to go there.

    1. That’s because no sea animals can survive in the Dead Sea, the salt component is just too high 🙂

  11. I was just in Jordan a couple months ago and this is a great list. I wasn’t a fan of Aqaba but loved all the others. Looked like you had a great time as well.

  12. Wow what a gorgeous place! I would love to visit Jordan, and especially go in the Dead Sea! Such a unique place that is not at the top of everyone’s list but it’s definitely on mine! 🙂

    1. Jordan is definitely unique, I don’t know why it is one of the ‘off beat’ places to visit. So much history and very interesting landscapes.

  13. The beautiful archaeological ruins of the city of Petra from your photo looks breathtaking, I can’t imagine being there myself! Camping at Wadi Rum is somewhere I’d love to be at the moment. You can’t be more right. 6 most see places! I gat my list topped up!

    1. You have to hike in Petra, it’s gorgeous. And of course, Wadi Rum camping is without a doubt, a must-do in Jordan 🙂

  14. To me, all six places are worth visiting. I’ve been near the Jordanian border twice when I was in Palestine earlier this year.

    1. There are a lot more places to be covered like Madaba and Wadi Mujib but I hardly had a week so covered the top places. I was happy with whatever I could see though 🙂

  15. I’m thinking of going to Jordan soon, so will definitely take these into consideration! What is the best way of transportation in Jordan? Would you advice to rent a car or is it possible to go from one place to another with bus/train? Also, do you think the weather is ok in January?

    1. Unfortunately, Jordan’s public transportation system is a mess. There are a few buses that can get you from one city to another but some really must-visit places are inaccessible unless you drive to it. I would advise the best way to do it is either rent a car or take a tour from a company.

    1. Agness, Jordan gets pretty hot during the summer months (May-Sept). I would suggest the best time to visit would be Oct – Apr.

  16. It looks like a really beautiful country. I sorta always forget that it’s surrounded by so many countries that are in conflict, and yet manages to stay so stable. Did you ever feel a hint of instability while you were there or does it seem totally safe?

  17. You have really got my traveling juices running with this post 😀 Jordan is very high up on my list to travel mainly due to Petra. I would love to spend time exploring the rest of the country too.

    1. Petra is so beautifully lit up at night, you must make a short trip after sunset if you’re staying there.

  18. Jordan looks amazing. I would love to travel there and visit Petra and the dead sea. I mean, who doesn’t want to check out the lowest point on earth. So neat.

    1. Floating in the Dead Sea without even trying to, is so cool! And walking through the age old abandoned city of Petra is a different feeling altogether.

  19. I was recently in Jordan, and I definitely think it’s a very underrated country for Brits! There is so much to see and do in Jordan, but I think you’ve picked out 6 of the best things here 🙂 x

    1. It sure is underrated and also not talked about much anymore due to all the political tensions and security threats surrounding it!

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