Find out 10 good reasons to travel to Jordan and some of the top places to visit in this beautiful country.
Just after a few days of returning from Jordan, I was already missing the beautiful places I visited and the amazing people I met.
It’s always difficult to explain in detail why a particular trip has been amazing, but this is especially true for Jordan. Why? Because of his position in the Middle East, many think that Jordan is quite a dangerous country, so no matter what you say, they’ll stick to this idea. But as I wrote here, Jordan is a safe country to visit.
I can only say that Jordan surprised me: I didn’t expect this country to be so beautiful!
If you want to know why you should visit Jordan, keep reading the article. If you are convinced but are looking for information on what to see and do in Jordan, do not miss my travel guide.
The top 10 reasons to visit Jordan
Here’s a partial list of the top reasons why it’s definitely worth organizing a trip to Jordan.
I bet the food is not the first thing you imagine when thinking about Jordan, but honestly, it was one of the highlights of the entire trip.
It’s one of the countries with the best food I’ve tried so far. You can find all the ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine, including extra virgin olive oil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and any other things that I could find in Italy, but, if possible, the food in Jordan is even better! They mix Mediterranean cuisine with oriental spices, and the result is incredible.
Not to mention the drinks: cardamom coffee, lemon manana (water, lemon, and mint), and tea… I’m sure you’ll miss Jordanian food once you go back home.
Jordan is geographically located between Europe and Asia, so it has always been considered a strategic country. Moabites, Amorites, Israelites, Greeks, Romans, Nabateans, and many other civilizations have conquered this land.
Just like in Italy, you will find historic sites almost everywhere. Don’t miss Jerash, where you’ll find incredibly well-preserved Roman ruins alongside the modern city. Just like Rome: only cleaner and with much fewer tourists.
Amman is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and, therefore, very rich in history. Many people unfortunately spend little time there, just enough time to fly in and leave for other more famous destinations, but if you devote at least a couple of days to it, you will not regret it.
Don’t miss the Roman citadel, the Greek theater, and the historic market.
I suggest you stay at least two days and explore the Roman Citadel, the Greek Theatre, and the Market.
Needless to say, people are what make the difference between an amazing trip and a complete nightmare. If the places you visit are great, but the locals are rude, you will most likely not enjoy the experience, are you?
Luckily, Jordan’s people are very hospitable and always ready to help.
The Wadi Rum desert is one of the most amazing places in the world, period. This place is also known as the Valley of the Moon, although, to be honest, it looks more like Mars than the Moon.
Thomas Edward Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, lived in this desert during the Arab Revolt.
You probably don’t imagine many comforts when you think about the desert. If you spend the night in Feynan, you’ll change your mind.
There, you can find one of the best Eco-lodges in the world. Don’t get me wrong: you won’t find an infinity pool or a sauna, but the rooms are comfortable. There is no electricity, but you’ll have plenty of hand-made candles.
This means no TV, but you can always watch the stars from the roof of the lodge using the telescope provided by the structure.
During the day, you’ll have plenty of options to keep yourself busy: spending a whole day with the local shepherds, hiking for about 7/8 hours to the Dana Reserve, or relaxing and drinking some tea with the Bedouins.
You can later have dinner under the stars. Candles, soap, and bread are all made by the Bedouin women, and some of the money earned by the lodge will be used to support the local community.
Feynan is definitely another good reason to visit Jordan!
The Dead Sea
Swimming in the Dead Sea and walking at the lowest point on earth is a must-do experience at least once in life.
You can find some hotels in the Dead Seas on the Israeli and Jordanian sides, but the Jordan side is a bit better.
Two interesting facts: due to its “altitude” (-420 mt), you won’t need sunscreen: the UV rays can’t get through the thick atmosphere. Another interesting fact is that the Dead Sea’s oxygen level is three times higher than in any other place on earth.
Regarding the accommodation, I recommend this hotel; it’s ideal to relax in this part of the country.
Whether you are religious or not, visiting Jordan means exploring a land important for three of the major monotheistic religions in the world: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
According to some local legends, the pillar in the top left corner of the picture above is Lot’s wife.
As you have noticed, I didn’t mention Petra until now. Why? Not because it’s not worth it. Actually, it’s the other way around. Petra is so amazing that people often forget that there are many other beautiful places in Jordan.
If you want to visit Petra, I strongly suggest you spend at least two days and be sure that for one of the evenings is scheduled Petra by night. Petra is not only the Treasury (the famous building you can see in the Indiana Jones movie) but hundreds of other historic sites to explore.
Jordan is a safe country
The main reason why some people don’t visit Jordan is that they are afraid that it’s an unsafe country. This is not true, as I explained in my previous article. Just be careful when driving around the country: there are a lot of camels!
When is the best time to visit Jordan?
Spring, between March and May, is the best time to organize a trip to Jordan. This is because temperatures are not too high or too low (winter is relatively cold, especially in the desert). Also, in spring, everything blooms and is a sight for the eyes. Alternatively, the autumn months are a good choice as well.
Are you now convinced that you should include Jordan in your bucket list?