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Tourist sites in Jordan: these are the country's most important destinations.

Despite being a relatively small country, Jordan’s tourist sites are numerous. On this page, we provide you with information on the most important ones, in the form of travel guides with practical tips and explanations of their history, climate, and other details to consider. Browse through each guide to discover where your travel itinerary can take you.

The Jordan Valley is the territory where the Jordan River flows between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. It is the northern area of Jordan, which also serves as a border with Israel. But most importantly, from a touristic point of view, it concentrates some of the most interesting places in the country, not only because of its greener landscapes but also because it harbors cities and towns of enormous beauty and history. We also include the place known as Bethany Beyond the Jordan, for its religious importance: the exact point on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized.

This road runs north-south and parallel to the eastern shore of the Dead Sea, which also serves as a border with Israel and the Palestinian Territories. It is a unique place, not only for its beauty and thermal destination possibilities, but also because it is the lowest place in the world, with points below -400 meters above sea level. Its main points of interest are located along the shores of this large body of water.

As can be seen on a map, this road runs parallel to the Dead Sea road and not too far away (about 10 km in a straight line in some points). However, between both roads, there is a great difference in altitude, as they are separated by a long chain of hills with abrupt silhouettes. Therefore, this King’s Highway also runs north-south, and other roads branch off from it to the west (towards the Dead Sea, through small roads that follow the course of wadis or dry streams) and to the east (towards the desert). This King’s Highway travels through what is known as the Highlands of Jordan, which in its central section concentrates some of the best touristic sites of Jordan, such as:

Amman is the capital and most populous city in the country. Therefore, it deserves its own chapter in this section on touristic sites of Jordan. All our tours pass through here since it is the main gateway to the country. But in addition, its numerous attractions justify a visit, either in panoramic mode or in detail. Its roots date back to the Roman era, although its main monuments and daily heartbeat are clearly Islamic, without giving up a modern touch that is popular among the new generations. Also, Amman is commonly used as a starting point for nearby excursions, such as those heading north of the country (Jerash, Ajloun).

Petra needs no introduction: it is a place known to all, especially since the movie Indiana Jones immortalized its main spaces. Therefore, it is one of the great goals of our tours. We usually dedicate one or several days to it, as its attractions are not only found in Petra, the capital of the ancient Nabateans, but also in the nearby Al Beida, also known as Little Petra for its surprising similarity to its “big sister.”

Some of the best tourist sites in Jordan are located further south of Petra. Here, the desert takes on its most spectacular and surprising appearance, especially in Wadi Rum. And at the edge of the country, overlooking the Red Sea, lies the city of Aqaba, where one of the great attractions for travelers is hidden along its coasts: its colorful fish and corals, which make this destination one of the most sought after for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Eastern Jordan is undoubtedly one of the least explored areas of the country, perhaps because the basalt rock desert is unforgiving here, with few settlements and natural oases. However, there are some surprising attractions that will please history and art lovers very much. Especially thanks to the so-called ‘castles of the desert’, built centuries ago in what was a lively crossroads between Baghdad, Jerusalem, Syria and Arabia. These are the most prominent destinations:

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