Surely you have already read the other posts about Jordan , but since I’ve been talking to some friends who are planning to visit it, I want to specify some things.
This small Middle Eastern country is perhaps not among the best known in the world, but don’t be fooled: it is a real pearl set between the desert of Syria and the Red Sea. A trip to Jordan is a unique experience, which I strongly recommend you do with complete peace of mind and which can compete with journeys to much better known destinations.
Jordan has a history of four thousand years. Over the centuries it has been dominated by the greatest empires in history. Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, Turkey: all have left their mark in Jordan. The result is a country with an immense cultural heritage, not only thanks to the conquerors, but also to the efforts of the Jordanian people. In the south, the Nabataeans carved the city of Petra into the rock, leaving us one of the wonders of the ancient world. The Ammonites built the city of Rabath Ammon, which dates back to 1200 BC, and which is mentioned in the Bible: still today it is a thriving and full of life capital.
Add to this the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa , the beautiful landscapes of the Wadi Rum desert , the saline waters of the Dead Sea and the port of Aqaba, and you will have the perfect recipe for a vacation that combines history and relaxation. All without having to travel enormous distances: to reach the extreme points of Jordan, a 5 hour car journey is enough. Travel by car which, I can assure you, will be pleasant and peaceful because the locals are more than hospitable and they are really happy to come into contact with tourists who choose their country as a holiday destination.
Jordan is also the crossroads of the Middle East. It borders on Syria, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories, and is separated from Egypt by a strip of Palestinian land of only 15 km. Although in recent years many of these regions are not recommended for tourists due to the political situation, Jordan is a peaceful place to spend holidays without fear of dangers of any kind. The country’s political situation and the enlightened contact with other countries make Jordan very tolerant and above all open to Western customs and traditions.
Aqaba is the place where the legend of Lawrence of Arabia, the British spy who in 1917 helped to free the port from Ottoman control during the “Arab Revolt” grew. This magnificent character is also associated with the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum, famous for its sand formations, similar to columns, unique in the world.
The Dead Sea is located west of the country. It is the lowest point of the earth’s surface, and is located at 420 meters below sea level. It has a very high salinity (more than 34%) and for this reason its waters have two characteristics: they are perfect for treating various ailments, and allow them to float effortlessly, even without knowing how to swim. Be careful if you have injuries or if a splash of water gets into your eyes: it burns a lot!
Amman is the capital of Jordan and, in addition to the traditional markets and the souks, houses a series of structures of Greek and Roman origin, such as the amphitheater and the citadel. But far more surprising is Gerasa: a Roman city in the middle of the desert, where it is possible to admire the arch of Hadrian and the temple of Artemis among the dunes. A unique combination of unparalleled charm.
In summer in Jordan temperatures can reach as high as 35 degrees, so the recommended periods for a trip are spring and autumn. I was there in September and I must say that the weather was rather hot. The position of Aqaba, for example, makes it a perfect destination for all periods of the year, with temperatures that myths rarely fall below 20 degrees. Amman, on the other hand, has a high altitude, and can be quite cold during the winter, with the possibility of snowfall.
Whatever period you choose, you cannot avoid visiting Petra . It is a millennial citadel, entirely carved out of stone. A unique place, which for nothing has been declared one of the wonders of the ancient and modern world.