7 Exciting Things to Do When Visiting Jordan: the Dead Sea, Aqaba and More

We have been to Jordan, loved and wrote about it too - today, we bring you another post about this wonderful country! Often cited as the ‘jewel of the Middle East,’ Jordan is home to breathtaking historical sights, delicious food and cuisine, and must-visit chaotic cities. There are so many things to do in this spectacular Middle Eastern country, so we’ve narrowed down seven exciting things to do when visiting Jordan!

#1. Explore Wadi Rum

Filled with narrow gorges and natural stone arches, Wadi Rum is a must-visit desert valley home to The Bedouins, a ​​nomadic Arab tribe who have lived here for nearly 12,000 years. Need a little more convincing? T.E. Lawrence began his journey through the Arabian desert from this exact spot…

#2. Float in the Dead Sea

Apart from some algae and smaller microorganisms, the Dead Sea is one of the most intriguing natural phenomena on earth for being completely devoid of life.

With no seaweed, fish or any other sea creatures, people have been known to float in the Dead Sea for hours on end, just taking in their surroundings and with a newspaper in hand! Heading to the Dead Sea? Jordan tours are a great way to explore the country and mean you won’t miss any incredible sights along the way.

#3. See the Jerash Roman Ruins

Forget Europe, some of the best Roman ruins can be found in Jordan. The Jerash ruins are some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world and include the hippodrome that once hosted infamous chariot races, and Hadrian’s Arch, built to commemorate a visit by (you guessed it) Emperor Hadrian.

#4. Visit Aqaba

We weren’t lying when we said Jordan had it all. A beach town on the southern tip of the country, Aqaba is a hotspot to go diving and snorkelling in the Red Sea. It’s Jordan’s only coastal city, and the perfect excuse to tell peers back home that yes, you can have a seaside vacation in the hot, dry Middle East.

#5. Visit the Ancient City of Petra

One of the ancient cities of the world, Petra is one of those places everyone says you should visit - but still totally lives up to the hype.

With incredible buildings built into high cliffs, walk through the deep narrow gorge of the Siq before heading into Treasury Square. Want more? This route is even more beautiful when the sun goes down and this walkway is lit by hundreds of candles…

#6. Go canyoning in Wadi Mujib

You can reach Wadi Mujib easily from the Dead Sea; it’s possible to tie these two places together during your stay. Make the most of Wadi Mujib by going canyoning in the warm waters… and waterfalls.

#7. Sleep at a Bedouin camp

Experience life as part of The Bedouins by camping in the middle of Wadi Rum overnight. Walk by candlelight, enjoy a traditional Bedouin meal that will inspire you to continue cooking Middle Eastern at home - it’s a Middle Eastern fairytale brought to life!

For those new to the Middle East, ​​Jordan is a traveller's dream introduction. Don’t miss these seven exciting things to do when you arrive!

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We overland. We eat plants and fungi. We live outside as much as possible. We are all connected. A female travel blogger overlanding and writing about ecotourism, ethical and sustainable travel, socially conscious travel and housesitting. An online travel magazine since 2015.


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