If you’re trying to think of a holiday destination that’s a little different this year, why not look to the Middle East?
That’s right, rather than heading on European city breaks and beach holidays, the Middle East is filled with beautiful places, jam-packed with history, just waiting to be explored. While you may be wondering about your safety, Jordan, a country bordered by Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel and Palestine (West Bank) is a stunning country that’s a very safe place to visit.
The ideal spot to make your own tailor-made holidays, there’s so much to see and do here, you won’t know where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of things to include in your itinerary that you don’t want to miss.
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One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this is not only the most famous location in Jordan but one of the most famous locations in the world. A simply stunning place, you can’t go to this wondrous country and not pay Petra a visit. A huge place, you could easily spend two days here, so it would be wise to book an overnight stay or two.
This way, you can explore all the highlights, such as the Monastery, the Royal Tombs, the treasury and the entrance to Petra to name a few. Oh, and make sure you wear comfy shoes.
While Petra is the main port of call here, Little Petra isn’t to be overlooked. It is exactly what it says it is, a smaller version of the impressive Petra. While you won’t spend two days here, it will give you a couple of hours’ worth of exploration as you take in the stunning landscape that surrounds you. Make sure you keep an eye out for the cute orange cats too.
The Dana Reserve
Hugely diverse, Jordan is filled with areas of natural beauty, and the country is taking steps to preserve them for continued enjoyment. At the top of this list is the Dana Biosphere Reserve.
The ideal place for you to explore on a long hike (make sure you have supplies), this is one of the best examples of Jordan off the beaten track. With high mountains and deep valleys, you could easily spend a few days here exploring its many wonders.
Go way back in time again at the best-preserved Roman ruins in the whole world. Sitting in the north of the country, this is a city that’s completely in-tact and includes a forum, theatre, gates, hippodrome, streets and temples. Truly a place that needs to be seen to be believed.
Said to be the site where Moses first glimpsed the promised land, this is a place to go if you love walking and adventure. But, most importantly, it’s a place with religious significance and offers a stunning views when you reach the peak.
While Jordan is filled with many more exciting things to see and explore, these five places should get you started as you begin to tailor your ideal holiday in this middle eastern treasure.