Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

13 reasons to visit Jordan

30 Apr 2018

After years of instability Jordan is wooing tourists back in their droves as the Middle Eastern country looks to welcome 7 million a year by 2020. Here's why it's your turn to be enraptured by a country that offers sun, sea, sand dunes, the wonders of Petra and delicious lamb and yoghurt.

1. Forts and resorts

Aqaba was little more than a dusty desert fort when TE Lawrence pitched up here in 1917, playing a leading role in the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. Now there’s luxury to boot at this Red Sea resort, with the forthcoming Ayla development showcasing Hyatt’s first five-star hotel in Jordan.

2. Mensaf

When in Jordan... eat as the Jordanians do. Mensaf, a traditional dish of lamb and yoghurt served with rice, is best enjoyed in traditional surroundings. Head for the Sufra Restaurant in Amman’s trendy Rainbow Street.


3. Crusader castles

Think Jordan, and you probably won’t think crusader castles. Our favourite is Shobak, built in the twelfth century to guard the King’s Highway from Damascus to Egypt. More atmospheric and less touristy than nearby Kerak.

4. Thrills and spills

Feeling a little jaded after all that sight-seeing? Clear away the cobwebs canyoning in the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, a dramatic sandstone wadi where you can hike, rappel, scramble, abseil and swim through 50-metre high canyon walls.

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