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Azraq

Practical information on Azraq

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Desert
  • Lake
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Essential
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr drive from Amman
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Azraq

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

The town of Azraq is around 100km east of Amman. Surrounded by arid lands, it was built beside a lush, green oasis.

My suggestion:
Stop off at Azraq, on the road that links the desert castles. A tour of the fortress and reserve won't take long.
My review

The town of Azraq is not particularly attractive but it does house an interesting fortress - the Qasr al-Azraq Castle, where Lawrence of Arabia once stayed. It's a great introduction to the larger castles found further along the route. I really enjoyed the on-site guide's tour - a dynamic presentation of the castle.

I also liked the visit to the Azraq Wetland Reserve on the outskirts of town. It's what's left (15%!) of an oasis that became Amman's main water source... The oasis is no longer being drained, but today you'll find its size has shrunk. There's a short but lovely walk around the large pond, which is bordered by lush plantlife. There's lots of well explained information on the local ecosystem. You'll also spot lots of birds - it's a calming place

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