Jordan is an overlooked gem of the Middle East, and despite its not-very-tempting location in between war zones, it’s a very safe country to visit with warm and friendly locals, a rich history, and a diverse array of natural landscapes. The country is situated on the Dead Sea - a salt lake and the world’s lowest body of water. Brightsun Travel has some great value holidays to Jordan, so you can witness the appeal of this charming Arabian country for yourself.
Jordan is undoubtedly a history lover’s paradise with an array of spectacular sightseeing opportunities, from Roman ruins to archaeological cities. The ancient city of Petra is a highlight, which is home to a series of well-preserved sandstone temples, caves, and tombs in the midst of the mountains. Other must-visit heritage sites in Jordan include the beautifully preserved Roman Theater in Amman, Jordan’s capital city and the 12th century Ajloun Castle.
There are plenty of thrilling outdoor adventures to embark on in Jordan. You could climb the country’s highest peak, take a breath-taking nature hike, enjoy scuba diving in Aqaba, try out mountain biking in the desert, and go camel trekking – the options are endless. Don’t miss the Dana Biosphere Reserve – the country’s largest nature reserve situated among lush valleys and mountains. This nature reserve is considered to be one of the world’s best stargazing locations.
Currency: You’ll be spending Jordanian dinar.
Language: Arabic, though English is widely spoken.
Local Time: Three hours ahead of GMT.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately six hours.
Tourist Information: Visit the official Jordan tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.
Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Jordan, British citizens need a valid passport and a short-term travel visa is required. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for Jordan.
A: It is expensive, but there are also budget-friendly trips.
A: Between March and May or from September to November.
A: Jordan is generally regarded as the most peaceful country in the Middle East.
A: Women should be covered from shoulders to knees, and men should wear long trousers.
A: Only in authorised bars and hotels.
The Amman Citadel, also known as Jebel al-Qal’a, is on a hill with wonderful views of the city. It includes a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre and a ruined temple dating back to the first century AD. There is also a Byzantine church. Twelfth-century Ajloun Castle is a hilltop fortress in the Jordan Rift Valley. South of the capital is Petra, the Rose City, which was carved into the red sandstone cliffs in 300 BC. There are night tours to an illuminated Petra that are incredibly atmospheric. The second-century BC amphitheatre in Jerash is the venue for a performing arts festival held every July.
The natural beauty of Jordan's landscape can be admired at the country's nature reserves. They include the Azraq Wetland, Ajloun Forest, and Shaumari where the wildlife includes the Arabian Oryx. Hiking is popular in the varied microclimates of the Dana Biosphere. Canyoning enthusiasts usually head for the steep river gorge of Wadi Mujib. Tours to the wilderness of the Wadi Rum desert often include an overnight stay in a Bedouin encampment. Snorkelling and scuba diving trips are popular in the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba where there are coral reefs and sunken ships to explore.
Jordan's climate is relatively mild. The hottest month is July with an average temperature of 27° (80°F). The coldest month of January reaches approximately 7°C (47°F). January is also the wettest month with around 0.66 inches of rain.
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