Fort in Aqaba

Aqaba Fort

The fort was built between 1510 and 1517, as attested by the Arabic inscriptions inside the monumental gateway, and was used as a khan (travellers’ inn) for pilgrims on their way to Mecca. The Ottomans occupied the…
Ruins in Aqaba

Ayla (Ancient Church)

To the untrained eye, these ruins look unprepossessing to say the least but archaeologists maintain that the remains of this ancient, mud-brick complex represent the oldest, purpose-built church in the world. The fo…
Museum in Aqaba

Aqaba Museum

The museum, part of the Aqaba Fort complex, was previously the home of the great-great-grandfather of the present king, Abdullah II. The collection of artefacts includes coins, ceramics and 8th-century Islamic stone…
Ruins in Aqaba


Located along the Corniche and incongruously squeezed between the marina and the Mövenpick Resort, Ayla is the site of the ancient port of Aqaba. The ruins are limited, but fading noticeboards in English pinpoint it…
Landmark in Aqaba


Beach in Aqaba

Public Beach

Packed at the weekend and on public holidays, this stretch of rather minimal, scruffy sand beneath the palm trees offers a great way to engage with Jordanians at play. During eids, the family parties extend well int…
Mosque in Aqaba


This busy central mosque makes a useful landmark for the nearby minibus station to Karak.
Mosque in Aqaba

Sherif al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque

This grand and beautiful mosque was recently refurbished by the current king.