As-SaltThe charming town of As-Salt (also known as just Salt), with its creamy-colored limestone buildings climbing up the hillside, is within day-tripping distance from Amman. Nearly all the town's architecture dates from the late Ottoman period, giving the town a coherent architectural character that's a real pleasure to stroll through. Salt's heritage dates from its time as the region's capital under the Ottoman and it's trading connections with Palestine, while its preservation is due to the fact of its official abandonment when Amman was chosen as the new capital in the 20th century.
Salt feels tailor-made to explore on foot. Start at the museum, inside an old merchant's houses, and then walk the surrounding streets lined with the facades of grand buildings, including the old orthodox church. The narrow lanes of the bazaar are some of the most atmospheric in Jordan. Finally, wind your way up the hill through the narrow backstreets to spot grand, half-dilapidated villas and get excellent views across town.