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Salt

Practical information on Salt

  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
45min drive from the centre of Amman
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Salt

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

Salt is a town with a population of around 100,000, roughly 35km from Amman. It's managed to preserve its historical charm, unlike so many of Jordan's concrete jungles. It's home to several historical vestiges.

My suggestion:
You can combine the visit with a trip to Iraq al Amir, a 45min drive south, along a little road with panoramic views. 
My review

I really enjoyed wandering around Salt,, particularly its colourful, spice-filled souk. The town is lively and fun. Touring the town centre was fascinating; you'll find 19th Century Ottoman houses, painted in pretty colours and boasting period windows. The best known is in the town's main square. It belonged to a certain Abu Jaber, a rich Ottoman merchant.

The town existed during Roman times under the name 'Saltus' and also thrived during the Middle Ages, as seen by the remains of a 13th Century Ayyubid fortress. The archaeological museum was also interesting. It's in a beautiful building and includes a gallery dedicated to the rites and traditions of the Bedouin.

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