Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Eastern Desert

Qasr Kharana

Located in the middle of a vast, treeless plain, this imposing thick-walled structure was the most likely inspiration for the ‘desert castle’ moniker and is arguably the most photogenic of all the desert castles. Th…
Top Choice Castle in Eastern Desert

Qusayr Amra

One of the best-preserved desert buildings of the Umayyads, the Unesco World Heritage site of Qusayr Amra is the highlight of a trip into the Eastern Desert. Part of a much greater complex that served as a caravanse…
Top Choice Ruins in Umm Al-Jimal

Umm al-Jimal Ruins

The unpretentious urban architecture of Umm al-Jimal, near the Jordanian-Syrian border, encompasses over 150 buildings standing one to three stories above ground, including 128 houses and 15 churches. Together, thes…
Top Choice Ruins in Amman

Citadel

The area known as the Citadel sits on the highest hill in Amman, Jebel al-Qala’a (about 850m above sea level), and is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon. Occupied since the Bronze Age, it's surrounded by a 1700m-long…
Top Choice Castle in Eastern Desert

Qasr al-Azraq

On the edge of dusty Azraq, this imposing fort is where TE Lawrence and Sharif Hussein bin Ali based themselves in the winter of 1917–18 during the Arab Revolt against the Turks.Lawrence set up his quarters in the r…
Top Choice Castle in Shobak

Shobak Castle

Perched in a wild, remote landscape, Shobak Castle wins over even the most castle-weary, despite being less complete than its sister fortification at Karak. Formerly called Mons Realis (the Royal Mountain), it was b…
Top Choice Canyon in The Ancient City

Siq

The 1.2km siq, or canyon, with its narrow, vertical walls, is undeniably one of the highlights of Petra. The walk through this magical corridor, as it snakes its way towards the hidden city, is one full of anticipat…
Top Choice Viewpoint in The Ancient City

High Place of Sacrifice

The most accessible of Petra’s ‘High Places’, this well-preserved site was built atop Jebel Madbah with drains to channel the blood of sacrificial animals. A flight of steps signposted just before the Theatre leads …
Top Choice Tomb in The Ancient City

Monastery (Al-Deir)

Hidden high in the hills, the Monastery is one of the legendary monuments of Petra. Similar in design to the Treasury but far bigger (50m wide and 45m high), it was built in the 3rd century BC as a Nabataean tomb. I…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Eastern Desert

Azraq Wetland Reserve

For several millennia, the Qa’al Azraq (Azraq Basin) comprised a huge area of mudflats, pools and marshlands, which led to the establishment of Azraq as one of the most important oasis towns in the Levant. Although …