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6 ‘musts’ while you’re in Jordan

22 Sep 2014 9 AM

6 ‘musts’ while you’re in Jordan
Tucked between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Jordan is a land of great wonder. With such a vast desert landscape, most visitors flock to the capital city Amman on the gorgeous Red Sea coastline.

Between Amman in the south and the Dead Sea in the north, Jordan reveals itself as a country of ‘must-dos’ and ‘must-visits’ – from scuba diving in the Red Sea and floating in the Dead Sea to bathing in beautiful hot springs.

Read on for our top list of unmissable things to do in Jordan – and whichever Hilton hotel in Jordan you stay at, you’ll only be a short drive away.

Visit the ancient city of Petra

Deep in the heart of Jordan, two hours from the DoubleTree by Hilton in Aqaba, lies the mysterious ancient city of Petra.

Built as early as 312 BC, this UNESCO World Heritage Site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812. Discovered by a Swiss explorer, it’s now one of Jordan’s most popular tourist attractions and a top destination on many a travel bucket list.

It’s almost impossible to describe its beauty and how well it has been preserved – it’s better to see it for yourself. It’s even believed that the city was built so that the sun would illuminate its most sacred places.

Float in the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is a true natural wonder of the world – lying on the border of Jordan and Israel, this lake has one of the highest concentrations of salt of any body of water in the world.

50 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide, the Dead Sea is nine times saltier than the ocean which means you’ll be able to float in it.

There’s no sensation like it and if you’re wondering where the Dead Sea got its name… Its high salinity makes it too harsh an environment for most plants and animals to survive in.

Bathe in the Ma’In hot springs

During your trip to the Dead Sea – or even if you’re planning a visit to the new Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa – make sure the Ma’In hot springs are high on your itinerary.

The springs and waterfalls still run hot, with temperatures ranging from 40˚C to 60˚C, and you’ll find them in a remote hidden valley with stunning views.

Climb Mount Nebo

No visit to the Holy Land would be complete without a trip to Mount Nebo – regardless of whether your visit is religious.

Mount Nebo is the 817m high ridge where Moses is said to have been given a view of the Promised Land he would never enter.
Here you’ll get spectacular views of the Holy Land, the valley of the River Jordan and the city of Jericho. You can even see as far as Jerusalem on a clear day.

Visit the spectacular Roman theatre in Amman

On any trip to Jordan’s capital city Amman, witnessing the enormous Roman amphitheatre with your own eyes is an absolute must.

Built into the hillside to seat around 6,000 people, it faces north to keep the sun off the spectators. The seats at the top of the theatre are called ‘The Gods’ and even though these seats are far from the stage, the shape of the amphitheatre means their voices are still heard.

Go scuba diving in the Red Sea

When you’re staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba, overlooking one of the world’s most stunning coastlines, scuba diving in the Red Sea is a must.

Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a beginner, diving schools along the Aqaba coast will be happy to take you out – some will even provide a tasty barbecue with meat, fresh fish, salad and bread for you to enjoy after your dive.

So there you have our list of top six ‘musts’ in Jordan – let us know if you can recommend anything else that is absolutely unmissable in Jordan!


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