While we all know about the pyramids in Egypt and have heard about the ancient Roman ruins in Syria and Lebanon, there is one middle eastern country that remains quiet and modest and doesn’t betray the precious gems that are in its territory. We invite you to check out the 10 most amazing and fascinating places in the Kingdom of Jordan, from the mountainous, green and verdant north to the vast desert south, which will reveal to you it’s true and hypnotic beauty.
1. Wadi Rum
Wadi Ram is considered one of the most beautiful and unique national parks in the Middle East. This rope of desert, which lies adjacent to the Arabian Peninsula, is adorned with granite cliffs rising high above and red dunes, which together give it a strange and space-like look that also led to its being called the “Valley of the Moon”. The wonderful scenery is complemented by the wandering Bedouin tribes, who make their living mainly from incoming tourism through overnight stays, guided walking tours, jeep tours and more.
2. Jerash Roman ruins
To date, Jerash, located north of Amman, is the second most important tourist site in the entire Kingdom of Jordan. The main reason for this lies in the remains of an ancient Roman city from the second century CE, where visitors can see an ancient racetrack and Hadrian’s arched archway, 11 meters tall, which was built in honor of a visit from the Roman emperor Hadrianus in 129. In addition, the city itself offers a visit to the archeological site with an amazing collection of local archeological findings.
3. Al-Karak Castle
The southern city of Karak is known as one of the largest fortresses of the Christian community in Jordan. Silent evidence of this can be found in the Karak castle, a former Crusader castle overlooking the desert landscape of the region from about 800 meters above sea level. This castle has remained deserted and ruined for about 500 years, but today, after impressive restoration work, it is open to the general public and even includes a museum on its lower part that depicts local history.
4. Madaba Map
About 40 km from Amman lies the small southern town of Madaba, known for its ancient and modest construction, which allows visitors to be exposed to the Jordanian rural lifestyle, as well as to its lively and colorful market. Among the many ancient structures, the church of St. George is the most famous and fascinating tourist attraction in the town due to a Byzantine mosaic from the 6th century that presents the map of Jerusalem and other holy sites for Christianity.
5. Aqaba Beaches
Aqaba, Jordan’s only port city, offers its visitors a unique blend of old and new with a 14th-century port on the one hand and luxurious hotels on the other. However, most of its beauty derives from its enchanting and isolated beaches, which look out over the Red Sea and which have not yet been filled with many tourists. The wonderful scenery is complemented by palm trees scattered along the coastline and the many coral reefs nearby.