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5 reasons to travel to Jordan

Although you obviously need to avoid the Syrian and Iraqi frontier zones, that's not a reason to give up on a trip to Jordan. The inhabitants are very welcoming and the sites are so amazing that you won't regret having dared to go.

  1. 1
    Delicious food
  2. 2
    The friendly population
  3. 3
    Floating on the Dead Sea
  4. 4
    Following the steps of adventurers in the desert
  5. 5
    Petra, one of the Wonders of the World
1. Delicious food

It's no use going to Jordan if you are in the middle of a diet. Mezze, falafel, shish kebab, not to mention the rich array of sweet pastries influenced by Turkey, Lebanon, and Egypt - I'm afraid it's impossible to resist them.

2. The friendly population

The Jordanians have an innate sense of welcome. You will often be surrounded by people wanting to talk to you or even offered a mint tea out of the blue. Some people will even pay for your bus journey, discreetly! You'll be amazed.

3. Floating on the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is legendary, so-called because the high salt levels mean nothing can live in it. The salt levels are so high that as soon as you dive in you rise back to the surface. There's no need for a rubber ring or lilo, you'll float by yourself. Lie on your back, let yourself float effortlessly on the surface and read your book or magazine!

4. Following the steps of adventurers in the desert

Spend a few days in the marvellous Wadi Rum desert. On foot, in an off-road vehicle or by horse like Lawrence of Arabia, its red sand and peculiarly shaped rocks await you.

5. Petra, one of the Wonders of the World

One of the 7 Wonders of the World, Petra is one place you must not miss during a trip to Jordan. They are typically crowds of people but if you get there early in the morning, as soon as it opens, you might be lucky enough to see Petra's jewel, Al Khazneh, almost alone. Higher up, the monastery is also spectacular.

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Why travel in Jordan

Compelled to jump in and play the part of adventurer when you see the a photo of the sublime Al Khazneh? Then don't wait another minute, a trip to Jordan will be right up your street.

You should go if...
  • You dream about seeing Petra and its marvels
  • You want to follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia in Wadi Rum
  • You love honeyed pastries
  • You want to find out what it feels like to float in the Dead Sea
  • You dream about walking in Biblical places
You shouldn't go if...
  • You're frightened that the Syrian frontier is too close
  • Too much sugar will ruin your diet
  • You're looking for a holiday off the tourist tracks
  • You don't like old stones and historic sites
  • You don't like bargaining in the market

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Discover a country that is full of history, with a fascinating culture, and whose inhabitants are very hospitable. Visit Petra and Wadi Rum, or spend some time in the desert of this beautiful Middle Eastern country. The two best periods for going to Jordan are spring and autumn, because the temperatures are most pleasant. Between November and March there is more rain. In winter it can be very cold and it may even snow. Also, be aware of the differences in climate between different regions: although the eastern desert is bearable in summer, the southern desert is so hot that it's a real ordeal.

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What to see in Jordan?

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Prepare your trip in Jordan

Here you have it, a summary of everything you need to know before heading to Jordan.

What documents to travel with in Jordan?

You will need a passport that is valid for 6 months after you enter the country. A visa is obligatory and can be obtained at the airport or land border crossings (except the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge).

Health advise

There are no obligatory vaccines. But you are advised to make sure your Typhoid and Hepatitis A are up to date.

Language

The kingdom's official language is Arabic. Howver, people in the tourist business, and a majority of the population speak English.

Time difference

Jordan is 2 hours ahead of Washington. When it is noon in Washington it is 2 p.m. in Amman.

Phone and internet connection

International telephone code: +962

Electricity

Plugs are 220 volts. So you will need an adapter.

Embassy of Jordan in the United Kingdom