It probably goes without saying that Jordan is an absolutely beautiful country! Even a quick scan on Google will leave you amazed at the sheer amount of stunning ancient sites, fantastic rugged desert landscapes and delicious food just waiting to be discovered!
Petra in Jordan (along with places like the Great Wall of China, The Taj Mahal in India and Colosseum in Rome) is one the New 7 wonders of the world so chances are that you’ve already found at least one reason to want to visit Jordan!
Here are at least 10 other reasons (11 in total) why you need to visit Jordan or indeed, 11 places worth checking out once you’ve finally decided to visit.
At the risk of repeating myself, we’ll start off with the most popular of the lot – Petra! As mentioned before, Petra is one of the 7 wonders of the world and is a phenomenal site that is often the main reason many people visit Jordan. 🏟
For thousands of years, this beautiful historical city has remained in fantastic condition and offers insight into the Nabatean culture (according to Wikipedia, “The Nabataeans were an Arab people who inhabited northern Arabia and the Southern Levant“… and I know what you’re probably thinking – where in the world is Southern Levant? Here’s where it is!).
When visiting Petra you will walk through stunning canyons, explore ancient carved temples, and see the fantastic sites such as the Treasury, El Deir and the Great Temple.
2.) Mount Nebo
This elevated ridge in the heart of Jordan is a sacred place and is supposedly the location where Moses was granted a view of the Promise Land. At the top of Mount Nebo, you are greeted with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and on clear days can even see across to Israel! (Not bad for a viewpoint, right?).
At the top of this sacred hill is the remains of an ancient church and a large enclosed area that features some amazing Mosaics still bursting with colour.
3.) Wadi Rum
Jordan has a large area of land that is considered to be dessert and Wadi Rum is one of the most well-known areas to explore. Why? Well, Wadi Rum is a stunning landscape full of golden dunes, rock formations, and small dessert camps. Tours are available to ride camels, sleep overnight in the desert, eat traditional Jordanian food, and traverse this region in open-backed jeeps.
Heads up – don’t be fooled into thinking that because you’re going into the desert, you don’t need to dress warmly. Deserts are formed due to extreme temperature differences so for how hot it can be in the day, it’s freezing at night so pack appropriate warm and cool clothes.
4.) Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is a rather fun phenomenon and is one of the most interesting spots to visit in Jordan. Due to its high salt content, it is possible to float freely in the Dead Sea without having to tread water – the feeling is quite peculiar!
Everyone can indulge in this, even if you’re not much of a swimmer. Surrounding the Dead Sea is a series of fantastic spas and hotels so this general area is probably a great spot on your itinerary to relax and get pampered.
5.) King’s Highway
This stretch of ancient road is one of the main routes through the centre of Jordan and has been used for hundreds of years to facilitate trade.
To see a different side of Jordan, it is absolutely worth venturing to (and through) the King’s Highway. The winding roads pass through immense rocky canyons, crossover man-made lakes and dams, and snake through this mountainous region of the country.
Jerash is one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world! Situated near the modern city of Jerash, Gerasa is expansive and is home to quite a lot of amazing ancient ruins.
When exploring this interesting area, you should check out the fantastic temple of Apollo, Hadrian’s Arch, the Forum complete with its semi-circle of ornate columns, and the finely preserved Roman Amphitheatre.
Jerash truly provides a look at the ancient history of Jordan, and a brilliant chance to see Roman ingenuity first-hand, in a place you probably didn’t expect it in.
Madaba is a city located in the northwestern region of Jordan approximately 30km from Amman. This city features a great deal of authentic Jordanian culture together with some impressive historical sites.
The most notable attraction is the Church of Saint George that contains the rather important Madaba Map. The Madaba map is an incredibly fascinating Mosaic which displays a detailed map of the Middle East from ancient times.
On the map, important sites can be seen such as Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem and the Mediterranean Sea. Be sure to visit if you get the chance!
As the capital of Jordan, Amman is an immense city that is a brilliant mix of old and new. Towering skyscrapers dominate the skyline, whilst traditional mosques and markets can be found in the historic old town.
Amman is home to lots of attractions worth checking out – like the ancient Citadel, the King Abdullah Mosque, and the Jordan Museum (even if you’re not really a museum person, it’s still worth popping in here). Ensure that you take the time to wander through the streets and markets and get a true sense of local Jordanian life.
Aqaba is the only coastal city in the whole of Jordan and sits on the beautiful Red Sea. This resort city has a series of large ports, fine hotels, and ancient archaeological sites so if the perfect spot for a more relaxed holiday.
If you love snorkelling, Aqaba is the best place for you – the Red Sea is noted as one of the best places to go snorkelling in the world and if you’re really into diving then you’re in for a bigger treat here as you immerse yourself in this unbelievable underwater world.
10.) Wadi Musa
Wadi Musa is the closest town to the ancient site of Petra and provides an interesting base to explore this region of Jordan.
With a population of 17,000, Wadi Musa has a pretty fantastic selection of restaurants, hotels, and bars that are perfect for exploring once you’re done with your busy day(s) exploring Petra and more.
Jordan has a plethora of important religious sites and Al-Maghtas is possibly one of the most significant. It is here that Jesus is said to have been baptised by John the Baptist and thus, is a site of pilgrimage for many Christians.
Connected by the stream of Wadi Kharrar, Al-Maghtas features several natural pools and an archaeological site containing the ruins of an ancient monastery.