Top things to do

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 to…
Top Choice Tomb in The Ancient City

Monastery

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 BCE as a Nabataean tomb. …
Top Choice Theatre in The Ancient City

Theatre

Originally built by the Nabataeans (not the Romans) more than 2000 years ago, the Theatre was chiselled out of rock, slicing through many caves and tombs in the process. It was enlarged by the Romans to hold about 8…
Top Choice Tomb in The Ancient City

Urn Tomb

The most distinctive of the Royal Tombs is the Urn Tomb, recognisable by the enormous urn on top of the pediment. It was built in about AD 70 for King Malichos II (AD 40–70) or Aretas IV (8 BC–AD 40). The naturally …
Top Choice Tomb in The Ancient City

Royal Tombs

Downhill from the Theatre, the wadi widens to create a larger thoroughfare. To the right, the great massif of Jebel Al Khubtha looms over the valley. Within its west-facing cliffs are burrowed some of the most impre…
Top Choice Tomb in The Ancient City

Treasury

Known locally as the Treasury, this tomb is where most visitors fall in love with Petra. The Hellenistic facade is an astonishing piece of craftsmanship. Although carved out of iron-laden sandstone to serve as a tom…
Top Choice Performing Arts in The Ancient City

History of Petra

Included in the price of the entry ticket to Petra is a chance to see the Jordan Heritage Revival Company in action. Dressed as Roman centurions, some in full armour on horseback, their steel helmets glinting in the…
Top Choice Buffet in The Ancient City

Basin Restaurant

The Basin serves a wide spread of international dishes, including a healthy selection of salads, fresh falafel and barbecued spicy sausage. Lots of desserts are also on offer, including fruit and umm ali (dessert of…
Top Choice Jewellery in The Ancient City

Umm Raami's Shop

Marguerite van Geldermalsen, of Married to a Bedouin fame, sells silver jewellery from this stall nearly opposite the cave in which she once lived with her Bedouin husband and in which she raised her eldest son, Raa…