For those who love cultural journeys, Jordan is a great destination. In this inviting Middle Eastern nation, culture abounds through biblical attractions, delicious food and wine, Bedouin heritage and much more. To help you plan your trip, here are some must-have cultural experiences in Jordan.
Rainbow Street in Amman is the city’s most famous and important thoroughfare. Known for its traffic and plethora cafes, the street lies in one of Amman’s most walkable neighborhoods, with plenty of bookshops, antique stores and restaurants where the city’s residents come to socialize.
Madaba is a historically and culturally-rich city best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. On every street you’ll find shops, artisans, churches and other attractions showcasing the city’s beautiful mosaics.
For those traveling to Jordan who enjoy after-hours exploring, Amman is home to a vibrant nightlife scene. Featuring everything from relaxed pubs to trendy lounges to energetic nightclubs, you’ll be able to find a venue that suits your needs. To help you navigate the many choices for nightlife in Amman, here are some top picks.
While Jordan is over 80% desert, the country is also home to tropical and Mediterranean climates. Because of this, you’ll be able to experience a variety of landscapes, as well atmospheres and activity offerings. That being said, there is only one city where you can experience Jordan’s balmy coast: Aqaba.
Situated at the crossroads between East and West, the desert kingdom of Jordan has a history that stretches back to the dawn of civilization. During its long and turbulent history, Jordan has played host to a number of ancient civilizations, many of which left their indelible mark on these desert lands. Many remnants of this ancient history survive today and have been made UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Petra, Quseir Amra, Um er-Rasas and Wadi Rum.
Jordan is well-known for its Biblical history, as the country was the setting for Bible stories of Moses, John, Paul Elijah and many other famous Biblical figures. Luckily, these many sacred and historical sites that tell fascinating stories relating to Jordan’s spiritual history still exist today. Some must-see biblical attractions in Jordan include:
The Jordan River (or the “River Jordan”) is one of the most famous rivers in the world due to its significance to the three Abrahamic faiths. It was the River Jordan that the Israelites crossed to reach the Promised Land. For Christians, John the Baptist is said to have baptized Jesus in its waters. According to Islam, the Four Companions of the Prophet Mohamed are said to be buried on its shore.