Jordan is a country rich for its hospitality, ancient history and culture, and has numerous Unesco World Heritage sites, Jordan offers endless opportunities for an unforgettable holiday experience. This beautiful country is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts.It’s home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C. Set in a narrow valley with tombs, temples and monuments carved into the surrounding pink sandstone cliffs, Petra earns its nickname, the “Rose City”.
Climate and best time to travel
The best time to visit Jordan is March to May (spring) (peak season) or October to November (autumn) (second busiest season). Temperatures can be unbearably hot in summer and freezing in winter. (Including snow in some places. Who woulda thunk!!) If you want to minimize the crowds, travel in the months either side of the peak seasons.
Transport around Jordan
Jordan is a relatively compact country. It takes only 4-5 hours to drive from Amman in the north to Wadi Rum in the south. Most popular stops are 1-2 hours apart along this route. You can comfortably visit most of the important places in less than two weeks.
For independent travellers, best options are to hire a car and self-drive, hire a car with a driver for the duration of a trip, or get local taxis or private cars from A to B. Public transport is limited, but you could combine public transport with local taxis if you’re on a tight budget.
What to wear in Jordan
Jordan is a primarily Muslim country, so conservative dress is advisable for men and women traveling in Jordan. Low-cut or crop tops are a no-no, and shorts are fairly out-of-place (even though you will find that many tourists wear shorts and sleeveless tops in public). recommend that you cover up your knees and shoulders (at the very least) in Jordan.
Money and Costs
Jordan’s currency is the Jordanian Dinar. ATMs are widely available in Amman, larger towns, and tourist destinations. Take cash to smaller places, including small denominations for tips, taxis and snacks. Check in advance whether your accommodation accepts credit cards. Jordan is not a cheap travel destination, and prices can vary a lot. Midrange camps and guest houses for around JD30-40 per night, and two high end resorts for JD150-200 per night. Similarly, meals ranged from JD1-2 for a local meal to JD10-20 for a ‘tourist’ meal.
One of the best travel tips is to purchase a Jordan pass before you arrive in Jordan. The Jordan Pass is a tourist pass that covers the cost of your visa and entry to most of the main attractions in country.The Jordan Pass costs JD70, 75 or 80 with 1, 2 or 3 days Petra entry. Given that a visa is JD40 and Petra entry is JD50/55/60 for 1/2/3 days, this is excellent value indeed.
Jordanian’s speak Arabic, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Learning some key Arabic phrases like hello (mer-ha-ba) and thank you (shok-ran) will go a long way.
Jordan is a tourist friendly country
From the straightforward visa-on-arrival counters to the Jordan Pass and warm hospitality, it is one of the most tourist-friendly countries. The staff at the hotels we stayed at throughout Jordan were knowledgeable, well-trained and more than happy to help. Sure, there are always exceptions to the rule, but the vast majority of people we interacted with were eager to answer our questions and help with bookings and recommendations.
Food and Drink
Food in here is a real treat. Fare is typically Middle Eastern with a local Jordanian element. Basic, fresh and tasty! Expect to devour plenty of falafel, dips (hummus, labneh, baba ganoush, mmmm), tomato and cucumber salad, bread (soooooo much bread!) and a selection of meats and vegetables.Jordan is not a totally dry country, but with over 90% Muslim population, alcohol can be hard to come by and many restaurants, hotels and camps are dry. You’ll find alcohol at the great rooftop bars in Amman, at most larger international hotels.
Where to stay
Amman rotana with panoramic views to the tasteful and classic petra Marriott luxury is not hard to find in Jordan. However, it also comes with a serious price tag, and most hotels also tack on an additional 17% in tax and service charge so be aware of this when booking hotels in Jordan!
Here are a few hotels to in Jordan,