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5th Circle, Al-Kindi Street, Amman, Jordan
A group of dedicated hikers successfully joined forces to develop the Jordan Trail, the country’s greatest example of a passion project. It stretches for about 370 miles, from Umm Qais to Aqaba. You can choose among trail options for one or more...
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Dead Sea Road, Jordan
At the lowest point on Earth, you find the body of water in which you cannot sink. The Dead Sea is a geographic oddity. This inland sea, with no outlet for its water, has a salt content of 20 percent due to evaporation. This means you're naturally...
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Unnamed Road, Jordan
If you don't have a huge amount of time, the quickest way to cover a decent stretch of territory in Wadi Rum is to take a jeep tour. Even with just one afternoon at your disposal, you can make it to the major highlights including Khazali Canyon,...
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Jerash, Jordan
From Amman (or Madaba) it's an easy day trip to Jordan's top two Roman sites. Head for Jerash to walk the long colonnaded street from the Oval Plaza to the Sanctuary of Artemis via the incredibly well-preserved Nymphaeum. Then, head further north...
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Shamakh, Jordan
It's all downhill from Dana village. The Wadi Dana trail has to be one of the Middle East's best one-day hikes. Starting from Dana village, at an elevation of 1100m, the trail threads down the ridge of the Great Rift Valley through a gorge of...
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Easygoing and friendly Madaba is Jordan's most approachable town: small enough to explore completely on foot, packed full of interesting historic sites showcasing mosaics from the Byzantine era, and easily used as a base for jaunts down the King's...
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Complex No 34, King Abdullah Ist St 34, Amman, Jordan
Jordan's capital is where Jordan's traditional soul and modern city life merge. Head downtown for souk (market) bustle and coffee shops packed full of old men drinking ahwa (Arabic coffee) and smoking shisha. Then skip up the narrow staircases...
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Al Karak Hwy، Karak, Jordan
The number-one highlight of the King's Highway is Karak Castle, with its immense fortifications dominating the provincial town of Karak. Built in AD 1140, Karak was one of the last outposts held by the Crusaders after Jerusalem was recaptured by...
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Unnamed Road, Jordan
The vast ruins of Umm Qais (ancient Gadara) are tucked right into the tip of northwest Jordan, with sprawling views across to the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights from the edge of the plateau. Settlement here at this site runs from the...
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Al-Quds St., Amman, Jordan
Pilgrims since the Byzantine period have claimed this spot to be where Moses finally saw the Promised Land, and where the prophet died. Today, the Moses Memorial Church here (a modern construction, built over an earlier Byzantine church) is home...
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Shamakh, Jordan
For a spot of nature between all the history sights, you can't beat spending the night at Dana Biosphere Reserve. For hikers and trekkers, this is one of Jordan's top places to get out into the wilderness, but even non-walkers will enjoy a stop...
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Al Jizah, Madaba, Jordan
For knockout views of Madaba, plus the fun of scrambling around oversize bells on your way up the bell tower, don't leave Madaba without visiting the Shrine of the Beheading of John the Baptist Latin Church. Built over Madaba's ancient acropolis,...
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King Faisal Street, عمّان، Jordan
It may not be the smartest address in town, but it sure is the tastiest. Hashem Restaurant is an Amman institution, dishing up the city's best fuul (fava bean dip) and crisp, fresh falafel to the masses 24 hours a day for decades. This is...
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Climb the stairs from downtown to reach Abou Baker al-Seddeek Street (more commonly called Rainbow Street), the vibrant hub of Amman's cafe culture. Nicknamed after the (now-defunct) Rainbow Theater, this road is packed with restaurants, funky...
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Made world famous after becoming the setting of the Holy Grail's home in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the Treasury is Petra's most recognizable monument. Its facade soars to 40m, creating an imposing welcome to the main ruins area after...
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K. Ali Ben Al-Hussein St. 146, Amman, Jordan
At the Citadel, on the summit of Jebel al-Qala'a, are extensive remnants of the city's many past incarnations. Evidence of habitation here stretches back to the Bronze Age. The collection of ruins include a Roman temple, a Byzantine church, and a...
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Al-Hashemi St., Amman, Jordan
When Rome ran these parts, Amman was known as Philadelphia and flourished as a vital stop on the trade routes north and south. The 6,000-seat theater dates from the 2nd century AD and is one of the only remnants of Roman rule in the city. Climb to...
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Madaba, Jordan
Mukawir (ancient Machaerus), a short drive off the King's Highway, is said to be where John the Baptist lost his head after Salome danced for King Herod. There are only scant remains of Herod the Great's castle on the conical mountaintop, but...
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The narrow canyon of the siq makes for a dramatic entry to Petra. As you walk the trail, bordered by immense cliffs on both sides, it's easy to understand how the Nabataeans managed to guard their capital from attack and how, later, Petra was lost...
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Al Yarmuk St., مأدبا، Jordan
They don't call Madaba the "mosaic city" for nothing. This small, relaxed town's heyday came in the Byzantine era when it prospered and became an important center of Byzantine art. Today, this heritage is everywhere you look, from the historic...
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Jerash, Jordan
One of the best-preserved Greco-Roman sites in the world, Jerash allows the pomp and ceremony of the ancient world to come alive. Although founded during the Hellenistic era, it's the monuments of Jerash's glory days under Roman rule that have...
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Abu Al Alaa Al Maari, Amman, Jordan
There's more to Jordan's food than falafel and shwarma (though those are pretty great). The national cuisine is classically Arab with plenty of mezze (small plates made for sharing) and kebabs, but with a few Jordanian specialties as well. A zarb...
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Arar St 128-148, Amman, Jordan
While Jordan—and the Middle East in general—isn't widely known for wines, Zumot Winery & Vineyards is a legend in the industry. Not only do Omar Zumot and his staff create delicious Saint George-label wines from a variety of grapes, they do it in...
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Abu Al Alaa Al Maari, Amman, Jordan
Solar powered and supplied with water from a local spring, the award-winning Feynan Ecolodge blends seamlessly with its setting in the Dana Biosphere Reserve. It’s a special place that encourages guests to disconnect and engage with nature. The...
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Foresight32, Ibn Al Rumi St 32, Amman, Jordan
If you’re in the market for a special souvenir from your Jordan trip, I suggest stopping by Lama Hourani Jewelry for a culturally inspired, locally made item. Lama’s eclectic, chic creations have been celebrated and exhibited in galleries and...
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20, جرش، Jordan
In a picturesque valley, surrounded by the mountains of Gilead, lies one of the Roman Empire’s best-preserved Roman legacies. We’re talking about the city of Jerash, where you can wander theaters and temples that harken back to the days of...
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Dead Sea
Scenic roads lead southwest from the capital of Amman to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the planet at more than 1,300 feet below sea level. Technically a lake, the Dead Sea’s intensely blue waters are also heavily salted, making it easy to stay...
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#16 Mohammad Ali Al Saadi Str.، Amman, Jordan
Walk up a winding, narrow street in a quiet residential neighborhood of Amman, Jordan. Climb a set of whitewashed, limestone steps and enter a warmly lit small kitchen decorated in deep greens and bright whites with—my favorite—a bright orange...
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The desert isn’t the only spectacular setting for adventures in Jordan. Case in point: the Dana Biosphere Reserve, an oasis at the intersection of three distinct climate zones that, together, support more than 600 varieties of plants. Wildlife...
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Yemen has unfortunately contributed significantly to Jordan's large and diverse refugee demographic. The best example of this is the Sanaa restaurant. Named after Yemen's ancient capital, and serving up national classics. Biryani is the national...
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Anybody who has ever watched one of the dozens of movies filmed in Wadi Rum (Lawrence of Arabia, The Martian, etc) has wanted to know what it's like to be there. There is a vastness about it just doesn't compare to anywhere else in the world. The...
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Madaba, Jordan
Madaba is famous for the ancient mosaics that decorated its houses, temples and, later, churches. Haret Jdoudna is an old house with a restaurant and a small souk that sells contemporary mosaics as well as wall hangings, jewelry, pottery and rugs....
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A mud bath and a swim—or more accurately, a float—in the Dead Sea, the lowest point in the world, is a must for many travelers on a trip to Jordan. Several lookout points off the main road reveal a rugged landscape with scaly salt-crystal...
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Jerash, Jordan
Exploring the ancient city of the Greco-Roman city of Jerash is like no other ruins I have visited. The site is huge, and you get an appreciation for how large it is due to the fact that there is little to no other people there. On site you are...
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We took a 10-day trip through Jordan - we wanted to take our time to really explore this country. It wasn't enough. One reason: we spent half a day at the desert in Wadi Rum...I could've stayed months here. The monoliths at Wadi Rum are massive to...
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Jordan
The sea may be dead but AFAR Magazine makes our trips come alive. We had spent two weeks traveling throughout Egypt and Jordan and this spot on the Dead Sea in Madaba, Jordan was just the ticket to relax and read.
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Leaning back, my legs pop-up and I’m floating as if supported by an underwater chaise lounge. The bobbing effect is soothing. If only I had a cocktail and a book. On shore, I grab fistfuls of Dead Sea mud and slather it onto my skin. I’d feel...
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Madaba Governorate, Jordan
The current Greek Orthodox church of St. George located in the heart of Madaba, Jordan, isn't a very old church, relatively speaking for the area it's situated in. What makes St. George a unique destination beyond the simple beauty of its intimate...
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Dead Sea Road, Jordan
The Movenpick Resort is a great way to unwind after Petra and the Wadi Rum in Jordan. The dead sea is steps away and you can dip in the water, as well as use the fresh mud to smear over yourself before dipping in the sea.
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Basman, Amman, Jordan
I was consulting in Amman for about 3 weeks. I had not been to Jordan for more than 7 years, and it was changed, yet the same. 80% of the population lives in Amman. I visited with a small group to learn about the spices and other items, such as...
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35, Madaba, Jordan
Jordan's greatest road trip has tons of historic sites to check out along the way, but a major highlight is the scenery. This road winds along the ridge of the Great Rift Valley, dipping and diving across the barren hills that roll down to the...
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Dead Sea, Jordan
I had no clue about the Dead Sea until I started planning my trip to Jordan. I got to the Dead Sea and learned that it is the lowest point on Earth and a source of natural salts! What I found fascinating is that nothing can survive in the Dead Sea...
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To be honest, the Middle Eastern country of Jordan has a lot of "wow" moments. Among all of them, though, one of my favorite experiences was walking through the massive desert known as Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum has been inhabited by Bedouins for...
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Jordan
As is often the case with travel expectations, there’s so much more to a site than what we can see in the confines of a screen or read in black and white letters on a page. Often the real place is a shock of depth, colors and aromas, and the way...
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Abu Al Alaa Al Maari, Amman, Jordan
In Northern Jordan, the hilltop village of Umm Qais, known as Gadara in the bible, provides sweeping views of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. (Mathew 8:28-34). It’s skirted by Greco-Roman ruins from the Decapolis city of Gadara, yet Umm...
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Abu Al Alaa Al Maari, Amman, Jordan
This historic townhouse has served as Amman’s first post office, the Ministry of Finance, and a hotel. It’s been left in the same state since 1924 and, while rather rundown, is an intriguing place that welcomes all comers. The walls display...
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Every other summer, Amman highlights independent music acts from the Arab word during the Al Balad Music Festival. A variety of concerts take place for a week at one of Amman’s most ancient sites: the downtown Odeon Theater, built in the second...
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Amman Civil Airport، Al Mataar St 22، Amman, Jordan
Founded in 2010, Carakale is Jordan's first and only family-owned microbrewery. It began as a labor of love for master brewer Yazan Karadsheh, who has grown production from his family’s backyard to a hillside location by the old city of Fuheis. It...
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Jabal Al Lweibdeh, Amman, Jordan
Artists have long flocked to Al Lweibdeh, which remains the preferred neighborhood of creative types, even as it admittedly gentrifies. My favorite lunch spot is Joz Hind. There’s no menu; Luca makes his creations from whatever seasonal, locally...