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Adjlun

Practical information on Adjlun

  • Romantic
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Essential
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
30min drive from Jerash
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Adjlun

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

Ajloun is a little town around 20km from Jerash that's known for its classified nature reserve and nearby Medieval castle of Qala’at ar-Rabad, built during the 12th Century by Arabs from the Ayyubid Dynasty.

My suggestion:
Think about taking a picnic with you - Jordanian families often come here to eat under shady olive trees and enjoy the spectacular scenery. 
My review

I really loved Ajloun, with its magnificent Mediterranean landscape. Whereas Jerash is dry and stony, this town in nestled in the lush, green Jordan Valley. I took a walk along little roads lined with pines, oaks and olive trees; as it was Springtime the fields were bursting with flowers. 

The reserve at Ajloun is extremely well managed, finding a balance between eco-tourism and conservation. Only one trail is accessible without a guide. I went on the Soap Maker's trail, which is one of six possible treks that alternates panoramic views with woodland. We rounded up our tour with a visit to an olive oil soap-making workshop that's run by a group of local women. 

I also toured the Qala’at ar-Rabad fortress, which overlooks the town. The view from its heights was incredible. I was impressed by this well-fortified, Medieval construction, complete with dungeons, round towers with battlements, torture chambers and moats.

I recommend you hire a guide, who'll provide you with a fascinating narrative - the walls, after all, can't tell their own story. You'll learn, for example, that the castle formed part of a chain of dovecotes (along with Kerak and Belvoir on the other side of Jordan) between Damascus and Cairo that allowed allies to communicate by carrier pigeons!

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