sprinkled with hidden gems
I guess sharing travel stories of the Middle East isn’t as glamorous as visiting Paris or various
boroughs of London. My experience through the Middle East was one that was spectacular, warm
and invigorating. Forcing me to seek new adventures and learn so much about a region that we
view so differently. And though I’m quite selective about sharing the places I’ve visited,
I thought Jordan was one that was worth noting.
A country that I coin as the ‘Luxembourg of the Middle East” because of its diversity in
people and dialects and history, it is certainly one that holds a special place in my heart as
it was my first true taste of the region. So here are 6 of my favorite places to visit in the country…
special thanks to Jordan Tourism Board
The capitol of the country and as far as cities in the Middle East goes, it’s quite a young one.
Full of recent generation, well-educated adolescents that have so much to offer to the country and
region. I spent three-months based there and in just a small space there were Roman theaters,
the citadel, Turkish baths and lots of cafes that I think Hemingway would have enjoyed.
The Dead Sea is the perfect day trip from Amman. A unique ecological site that sits some 400m
below sea level. The high salinity levels forces you to remain buoyant, but the greatest impact
are the minerals and mud deposits around the coast that acts as a natural body mask. I visited
twice both with day passes to a resort pool and restaurant that connected us to the sea.
Truly a gem when it comes to the country as it’s a place that not many people know about.
Ajloun boasts its ancient remains of the 12th century castle and marketplace and 600-year old mosque.
I’ve never been to a castle in my life that enables you to explore each crevice and corner.
It’s a great place to visit if you are also thinking of visiting Jerash.
A true Middle East experience always has to be accompanied by a desert getaway. I spent a night
with the bedouins in Wadi Rum exploring the geological wonders of the orange sands, some
incredible bedouin food, and a night under the stars where no man’s light hits with live music
and traditional dancing. It was quite an adventure forcing me to go back to basics and embrace
the natural beauty of life.
A wonder of the world and the place that everyone thinks of when Jordan comes to mind. Petra,
as you would assume, it absolutely breathtaking. In between enormous cliffs and rock formations
lies a fully sandstone city from the 3rd century BCE, that accommodated some of the trade routes
from Damascus to Arabia. I can’t even explain to you how intricately and well-thought out this
entire city was. A true experience to walk the city of the former people.
Easily my favorite getaway from Amman after the language exams. A city that allows you
to take a beach holiday. We splurged a bit and ended up stay in a beautiful resort chalet
that overlooked the Red Sea. Aqaba sits at the pinpoint of the Red Sea and has access to some
of the world’s best snorkeling. With lots of underwater exploration, we decided to explore and
then enjoy a proper seafood meal on a yacht.