Jordan is legendary and beautiful. It has caught the eyes of millions of tourists across the years as well Hollywood’s most infamous filming locations for world memorable movies like the Transformers and Indian Jones. Below are the top five must-see Jordan attractions that are guaranteed to blow you away.
The name ‘Petra’ came from the Latin word ‘Petra’, meaning ‘rock’, lies in a great rift valley east of Wadi Araba in Jordan nearly 80 km south of the Dead Sea – 260 kilometers to the south – South-west of Amman – Jordan Capital. It came into standing in the late first BCE (BC) through the prosperity of the spice trade.
The city was the main city of ancient Nabataea, and was popular above all for two things: its trade and its hydraulic engineering systems. It was locally independent until the time period of Trajan, but it later prospered under the Roman rule.
The municipality grew up around its Colonnaded. Following the flow of the Wadi Musa, the city-center was laid out on either side of the Colonnaded Street on an extended plan between the theater in the east & the Qasr al-Bint in the west.
The excavation was likely opened in this time period, and there followed just about uninterrupted building through the first and the 2nd centuries CE.
Siq Al-Barid in Beidha, otherwise known as “Little Petra”, is about 5km away from Petra, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1985 and famous for its ancient buildings sculpted out of solid red sandstone.
Wadi Rum also known as The Valley of the Moon is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 km to the east of Aqaba; it is the largest wadi in Jordan.
Spend a night in Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp to enjoy Bedouin life and endless hiking and scrambling possibilities.
4 - Dead Sea :
Located in the Jordan Valley, part of the Great Rift Valley that runs from East Africa to Turkey, the Dead Sea is the remains of a giant inland lake. Lake Lisan was 200 kilometers long, and approximately 200 meters deeper than the current level of the Dead Sea. As it contracted, it left Lake Tiberias and the Dead Sea, which at 408 meters below sea level is the lowest point on earth.
Due the unique depth of its location, the climate and quality of sunshine in the Dead Sea area is beneficial. Dead Sea salts and mud are known worldwide for their healthful properties. So get ready to take a dip, float and relax, and rejuvenate with the Dead Sea mud.
5 - Baptism Site :
The third most holy site for Christians in the world, after the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of the Nativity, is the site of the baptism of Jesus Christ, known in Arabic as al-Maghtas. Excavations at Wadi Kharrar carried out after the 1994 peace treaty found evidence of a complex of churches, hermit cells and other buildings described in the writings of many pilgrims who have visited the site since the 2nd century AD. Now preserved as a tourist destination, Al-Maghtas attracts tourists year-round.
Jordan is truly a hidden gem in the Middle East. If you’re looking to experience first-hand stunning, untouched, and natural landscapes with historical sites that will make you feel you’ve gone back in time, then it’s a must visit. Get ready and experience history and nature like you never have before.