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  • Travellers looking for adventure, history and a rich culture need only explore places to visit in Jordan for the ultimate thrill. Petra. Crusader castles. Old restaurants that tempt you with Arab cuisine. It has it all!This is where the ancient nomadic Nabataean people built one of the most stunning examples of human ingenuity- Pink sandstone cliffs carved into temples, tombs and burial chambers that take the breath away.

    Soaring columns dating back to the Hellenistic times leave you in awe. You can’t help but wonder what this part of the world was like before and how magnificent these cities once were. Walking amidst ruins and feeling the worn-out facade, the ghosts of past ages seem nearer, eager to regale you with fascinating tales.

    Jordan is largely a desert region and much of its charm .les deeply into this. Aside from the marvel that’s Petra, it boasts of a number of Desert Castles and nature reserves that endangered animal species call home. As you head to cities like Amman, you’re introduced to a modern, cosmopolitan world dotted with shopping centres and restaurants and hammams. They’re just the place to sit back, get pampered and feel worries wash away. Experience the best of tourist places in Jordan and you’ll come back with memories to last you several lifetimes. Take a look at our picks of the top hotspots and get ready to set out on an adventure!

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Jordan:

  • 01Places to Visit in Amman

    Places to Visit in Amman
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    1. Amman Citadel- The Amman Citadel is a historically important site. It was occupied by many civilizations over the years and is thought to contain numerous archaeological finds, many unexcavated as yet.

    2. King Abdullah I Mosque- The elaborately designed King Abdullah I Mosque is instantly recognizable with its blue mosaic dome. It’s open to tourists including non-Muslim visitors.

    3. Royal Automobile Museum- The Royal Automobile Museum was built to commemorate the late King Hussein’s interest in cars. Its collection consists of replica vehicles from the 19th century through to the mid 20th century.

    4. Roman Theater- Built in the 2nd century and with a seating capacity of 6,000, the Roman theatre is one of the top places to visit in Jordan. The massive structure reflects the architecture of other Roman theatres in the world with a cavea, orchestra and scaenae frons.

    5. Tiraz: Widad Kawar Home For Arab Dress- See one of the largest collections of Jordanian, Palestinian and Arab costumes at Tiraz. It boasts over 2,000 costumes from the 19th and 20th centuries.

    6. Qasr Al-Abd- A few kilometres from Amman stands Qasr Al-Abd, a Hellenistic palace dating back to 200 BCE. It’s also called the Castle of the Slave.

    7. Jordan Archaeological Museum- Put this on your list of places to visit in Jordan. It’s one of the country’s leading archaeological museums housing artefacts from the prehistoric times to the modern period.

    8. Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts- Explore some of the best of contemporary art at Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. The collection includes modern art from the developing world and other regions.

    9. Eat at Al Quds- Pamper your taste buds at Al Quds with Jordanian favourites including sweets. Try the mansaf and muhallabieh.

    10. Al Balad – Downtown Amman- A visit to Amman is incomplete without a trip to Al Balad, the old commercial area in the wadi. Check out the souks, historical sites and restaurant serving authentic Jordanian cuisine.

    11. Al Hussein Public Parks- Al Hussein Public Parks is a wonderful escape with a landscaped garden, a cultural village and handicraft shops. Spend the day and busy yourself with the attractions.

    12. Children's Museum- Kids will love the Children's Museum with its outdoor area, library, exhibitions and Tinker Lab. It also organizes camps with specialized programs.

    13. Ola's Garden- Ola's Garden will make you appreciate handcrafted fashion that includes everything from clothing to accessories.

    14. Climbat Amman For Outdoor Activities- Climbat Amman is where adventure seekers head to get their fix of adrenaline. It lets you boulder and top rope whether you’re a newbie or a pro.

    15. Shopping at The TAJ Mall- Amman is the centre of shopping in Jordan and the TAJ Mall leads the pack. Shop for designer brands and dine at one of the many restaurants.

    16. Jabal Al Weibdeh Restaurants- Jabal Al Weibdeh is home to many restaurants. Take your pick from fast food joints and artsy cafes to the best falafel place (Abu Mahjoob) and restaurants serving Arabic cuisine (Beit Sitti).

    17. Al-Pasha Turkish Bath Spa- Feel your mind and body relax at Al-Pasha Turkish Bath where you’ll be treated to a rejuvenating session of body scrubs and steam cleaning.

    18. Fakhr el-Din Restaurant- Head to Fakhr el-Din Restaurant for an evening of fine dining. The Lebanese establishment offers delicious Levantine cuisine and Arabic desserts.

    19. Brisket Restaurant- If you fancy a hearty barbecue, there’s no better place to enjoy it than at Brisket Restaurant. It serves classic BBQ delights like chicken wings and ribs.

    21. Rumi Cafe- This is where the trendy young crowd flocks to for the best tea, coffee and eats. Combined with the laid-back ambience, it’s one of the most popular cafes here.

    22. Hashem Restaurant- Discover the best Amman street foods at Hashem Restaurant. Falafel, moutabel, hummus – they’re all here!

    23. Maestro Music Bar- While you’re in Jabal Al Weibdeh, don’t forget to check out Maesto Music Bar. It hosts live performances and jam sessions to go with an exciting menu of local and international cuisine.

    24. Alf Layla Wa Layla Spa- Alf Layla Wa Layla Spa is just the place to relax after a day of sightseeing. Experience a Turkish bath or get a massage to soothe away your stress.

    25. Murphy's Pub - House Of Rock- An Irish pub in Amman? Yes! Chill out at the beer garden in Murphy’s Pub and listen to live rock bands.

    26. Hands Of Hercules- The Hands of Hercules make you feel like you’ve stepped into ancient Greece where legends were the reality. This massive fragment of a statue is as old as the Roman theatre.
  • 02Places to Visit in Petra

    Places to Visit in Petra
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    27. Al-Khazneh- Start your Petra exploration with Al-Khazneh, a magnificent tomb from the 1st century BC. It features numerous symbols of Egyptian Goddess Isis.

    28. Ad Deir- Ad Deir is a stunning Nabataean structure also built in the 1st century BC. It’s thought that it was a meeting place for people of the Obodas cult.

    29. Siq- The Siq is an amazing gorge with dramatically narrow passages and high walls. It’s the main entrance to Petra.

    30. Palace Tomb- Another Petra wonder is the Palace Tomb, a spectacular structure with burial rooms and graves carved into the walls. It’s one of the 4 tombs in the Royal Tombs, the other being Urn, Silk and Corinthian.

    31. Petra Archaeological Park- Petra’s many wonders and Petra itself are located in Petra Archeological Park that measures over 250,000 square meters. It’s the crown of Jordan and one of the most visited places.

    32. Temple Of Dushares- The Temple of Dushares boasts the biggest facade in Petra, even larger than Al-Khazneh. It was built in the 1st century BC and was reused by the Romans in the 2nd century AD.

    33. Urn Tomb- Urn Tomb is one of 4 Royal Tombs. It was once used as a place of worship. Notice the huge urn on top of the pediment.

    34. Petra Museum- Find out everything you wanted to know about Petra at the Petra Museum. Over 250 artefacts showcase the city’s history and Nabataean life.

    35. The Renaissance Tomb- The Renaissance Tomb features a facade with crowns, urns and jars and an interior with rock-carved cavities. Incidentally, the cavities weren’t used as graves.

    36. Lion's Monument- The Lion's Monument carved on a rock face was an engineering marvel for its time. Water poured out of the lion’s mouth and flowed down.

    37. Little Petra- It may be a lot smaller but Little Petra still holds its own. It features a short, high gorge and carved facades similar to Petra.

    38. Nabatean Theatre- Round up your exploration of Petra with a visit to the Nabatean Theatre. It had a seating capacity of 4,000 with seats cut out of rock.
  • 03Places to Visit in Aqaba

    Places to Visit in Aqaba
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    39. Sharif Hussein Bin Ali- Sharif Hussein Bin Ali Mosque is an iconic landmark that shines white in the sun. Visit the place after prayers when it’s not busy there.

    40. Aqaba Archaeological Museum- This is Aqaba’s official archaeological museum and a must-visit when in the city. Its collection consists of an inscription of a Quranic verse and Bronze Age artefacts.

    41. Aqaba Fortress- Right near Aqaba Archeological Museum is Aqaba Fortress built in the 16th century. It was used as an inn by pilgrims on their way to Mecca.

    42. Fourth Century Catholic Church- This ancient church is one of the world’s oldest Christian churches. Skeletal remains, tombs with golden crosses and glass lamps have been excavated.

    43. Wadi Araba Desert- Explore the sandy Wadi Araba Desert with its stark and tranquil beauty and interesting rock formations. It’s among the most favourite tourist places in Jordan and tour operators regularly organize visits by jeep here.

    44. South Beach- Take a break from sightseeing and go to South Beach which has great snorkelling and dives sites. Stay until evening to see a gorgeous sunset.

    45. Aqaba Marine Park- Aqaba Marine Park is one of the most popular places to visit in Jordan. With 7 miles of protected area, there’s a rich variety of marine flora and fauna to see.

    46. Aqaba Flagpole- At 430 feet, Aqaba Flagpole is the world’s 6th tallest freestanding flagpole. The flag it carries can be seen from as far away as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel.

    47. City Beach- City Beach isn’t the prettiest and quietest, but, it’s located close to the city centre. It’s a great place for getting to know people and striking conversations.

    48. Souk- Souk by the Sea is a shopper’s delight with vendors selling handmade bags and jewellery, authentic Jordanian products and stalls selling tasty snacks. The street market is held every Friday.

    49. Palm Beach- Just a way from downtown Aqaba is Palm Beach. It’s not quite ideal for swimming but serves as a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

    50. Diving and snorkelling in the Red Sea- Aqaba is the best place to experience the beauty of the Red Sea. It has numerous dive and snorkelling sites that showcase the region’s colourful marine life.

    51. Berenice Beach Club- Enjoy some time by the coast at Berenice Beach Club. It has a host of facilities including restaurants and bars, football and volleyball pitches, shops and a kids’ club.

    52. Aqaba Bird Observatory- This artificial wetland is an important stopping point for several bird species that migrate during spring and autumn. It also has a 1.5 km walking trail.

    53. Syrian Palace- Tuck into some tasty Syrian and Jordanian cuisine at the Syrian Palace. The casual ambience makes it a great place for evening relaxation.

    54. Ali Baba Restaurant- Ali Baba Restaurant is just the place to savour fresh seafood. It’s also one of the few restaurants that serve alcohol with food.

    55. Captains Restaurant- Captains restaurant is another choice seafood restaurant with an Oriental and traditional twist. If you’re travelling in summer, dine outdoors to enjoy the cool air.
  • 04Places to Visit in Jerash

    Places to Visit in Jerash
    56. Temple of Artemis- Ruins of the Temple of Artemis go back to a time when the Roman Empire was in power. The temple was said to be one of the most beautiful in the city.

    57. Oval Plaza- The gorgeous colonnade of the Oval Plaza that was built in the 1st century AD can still be seen in the ancient city of Jerash. It was once used as the city’s forum.

    58. Dibeen Forest Reserve- Explore nature at Dibeen Forest Reserve that’s home to at least 17 endangered species and one of the last pine-oak forests in the Middle East.

    59. Arch of Hadrian- The Arch of Hadrian was erected to commemorate Roman Emperor Hadrian’s visit to the city. The site was excavated in 1925 and continues to be an attraction point till date.

    60. North Theater of Jerash- The North Theater of Jerash is a lovely theatre that is believed to have been used for meetings. After being abandoned in the 5th century, its stones were reused for other buildings.

    61. The Cardo Colonnaded Street- The Cardo Colonnaded Street was once the centre of Jerash. Stately columns lined the street and tracks made by chariots can still be seen here.

    62. Jerash Museum- Jerash Museum takes you on a journey of discovery and learning. Artefacts excavated from ancient Jerash give you a good look at the past.

    63. Jerash Festival of Culture & Arts- Catch the Jerash Festival of Culture & Arts held each year in July. Musical performances, poetry readings and plays are some of the exciting events.

    64. Temple of Zeus- The Temple of Zeus stands tall on a hill and overlooks Jerash. Although in ruins, it still commands awe.

    65. Roman Ruins- Jerash’s Roman Ruins are the hottest attraction in the city and you have to visit them to see why. The past seems to whisper here and it’s as if you’re transported hundreds of years back.

    66. South Theatre- The South Theater is the larger cousin of the North Theater. It could seat as many as 3,000 spectators at a time. In fact, the ornate stage is still used to this day!

    67. Nymphaeum- An ancient Roman fountain in Amman, Nymphaeum was an elaborate structure that featured carvings and mosaics. It was dedicated to the nymphs.

    68. Hippodrome- Chariot races were once held at the Hippodrome, an arena that could hold a massive 15,000 spectators. Explore the ruins and get a feel for what life was like back then.

    69. Lebanese House Restaurant- This is one of the best places to dine at in Jerash. Aside from Lebanese cuisine, it serves local delicacies and international favourites.
  • 05Places to Visit in Madaba

    Places to Visit in Madaba
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    70. Mount Nebo- Mount Nebo is where Moses is believed to have glimpsed the Promised Land, making it one of the top tourist places in Jordan. On a clear day, you can see Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the Jordan River.

    71. Madaba Mosaic Map- Madaba Mosaic Map shows us how the Middle East was depicted during the Byzantine period. It’s located in the Church of St George.

    72. Church Of St John The Baptist- The Church of St John the Baptist is a 20th-century building that was constructed on top of an ancient chapel. The highlight of the church is the Acropolis Museum that showcases artefacts and paintings.

    73. Visitors Centre- The Visitors Centre will introduce you to the history of Madaba through information panels and a film. Take a stroll in the shady courtyard and take photos of the late 19th-century building.

    74. Madaba Archaeological Museum- Near St George’s Church is the Madaba Archeological Museum that houses stunning mosaic collages. Explore these gorgeous artefacts including those that depict mythological scenes.

    75. Church of the Apostles- The crowning glory of the Church of the Apostles is an intricate floor mosaic called the Personification of the Sea. It was created in 568 AD.

    76. Wadi Jadid- Wadi Jadid’s collection of dolmens is breathtaking. The massive stones are about 5,000 years old, dating back to around 3,000 BC.

    77. Adonis Restaurant & Cafe- Adonis Restaurant & Cafe is located in a charming old house called Beit al-Shwiehat. BBQ is the speciality here which you can savour with local drinks.

    78. Dana Restaurant- Dana Restaurant offers guests a delicious buffet with dishes like Sajieh. The comfortable interior is perfect for a night of relaxation with good friends.
  • 06Other Must Visit Places in Jordan

    Other Must Visit Places in Jordan
    79. Dead Sea- The Dead Sea’s eastern shores lie in this country and are among the most famous places to visit in Jordan. The sea has steadily shrunk over the years so visit before it’s too late!

    80. Wadi Rum- Wadi Rum may be a desert wilderness but the beauty of nature is apparent here. There are rock paintings and temples left behind by different cultures. This treasure trove of ancient finds makes it one of the best places to visit in Jordan.

    81. Ajloun Castle- The historic Ajloun Castle dates back to the 12th century. It’s built on a hill called Jabal Auf and overlooks the three wadis leading to Jordan Valley.

    82. Karak Castle at Al-Karak- Karak Castle is a crusader castle built under the authority of Fulk the Younger. It features a mix of architectural styles including Byzantine and European.

    83. Desert Castles- Jordan’s Desert Castles form part of the Umayyad Desert Castles built under the rule of the Umayyad Dynasty. Qasr Kharana, Qasr Hallabat and Qasr Tuba are a few you need to visit.

    84. Dana Nature Reserve- In a country where the desert is one of the biggest tourist draws, Dana Biosphere Reserve is a haven for endangered and rare animals and plants. The huge reserve extends for over 300 square kilometres.

    85. The Gulf Of Aqaba- The Gulf of Aqaba is a must-visit when in Jordan. It’s home to terrific diving destinations that attract locals and tourists alike.

    86. Museum Of Jordanian Heritage At Irbid City- Learn about Jordan’s prehistory, the Roman, Nabataean and Byzantine periods, and reconstructions of traditional crafts at the Museum of Jordanian Heritage.

    87. Canyoning At Wadi al-Mujib- Explore the adventurous side of Jordan by going canyoning at Wadi al-Mujib. Abseil, swim and climb your way through several trails.

    88. Salt Town- Salt Town or Al-Salt is an ancient town that was once the country’s administrative capital during Ottoman rule. Walking through the streets, you realize not much has changed. Old yellow sandstone buildings still stand proud and beautiful.

    89. Wadi Bin Hammad in Karak- Experience some of the best of Jordan’s natural beauty with a hike at Wadi Bin Hammad. Gorges, streams and hanging gardens are some of the treasures to see.

    90. Wadi Musa- You’ll probably visit Wadi Musa on your way to Petra as it’s the administrative centre of the Petra Department. Even so, unwind a Turkish bath and dine at one of several eateries.

    91. Karak Archaeological Museum at Karak- Located in Karak Castle, Karak Archaeological Museum features collections from the Neolithic period right up to the Islamic period.

    92. Ruins at Umm Qais- Although not as popular as Petra, Umm Qais is nonetheless awe-inspiring with its pedestals and amphitheatre. Its non-touristy nature makes it the perfect place for reflection and unmatched photo ops.

    93. The Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ, Al-Maghtas- Al-Maghtas is considered by many to be the site of Christ’s baptism. Nearby are churches, shrines and a visitor’s centre where you can join a tour.

    94. Pella- One of 10 Decapolis cities dating back to the Hellenistic period, Pella is a treasure trove of archaeological finds. It’s been continuously occupied since the Neolithic period.

    95. The Gulf of Aqaba- The Gulf of Aqaba is one of the world's leading diving locations. The region is rich in coral and marine biodiversity and contains a number of underwater shipwrecks.

    96. Hiking at Petra, Wadi Rum and Wadi Mujib- Jordan has some of the best places for hiking. Petra, Wadi Rum and Wadi Mujib top the list with their dramatic landscapes of sandstone formations, deep canyons and open desert.

    97. Hot springs at Ma'in- Close to the Dead Sea is Hammamat Ma'in or Ma'in Hot Springs. The mineral-rich waters invite you to soak yourself in and relax.

    98. La Storia Tourism Complex at Mount Nebo- La Storia Tourism Complex is an ethnographic overview that features many of Jordan’s cultural and historical highlights. It also has a shop selling handicrafts.

    99. Shaumari Wildlife Reserve- Shaumari Wildlife Reserve is one of the great places to visit in Jordan. It’s home to endangered animal species that live in the hamadas and desert wadis.

    100. Azraq Wetland Reserve- Azraq Wetland Reserve has become a bird-watching hotspot. It also has an incredibly diverse population made up of Druze, Chechens and Bedouins.

    101. The King’s Highway- Jordan’s countryside is laid out in all its stark glory along The King’s Highway. The Dead Sea rift, Crusader castles and the Dana Nature Reserve are some of the attractions.

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