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Dead Sea Highway

Sometimes you’ve got to get down low to find the real highlights. The Dead Sea is the example par excellence – to be found quite literally at the lowest point on earth. Taking a dip takes on a new meaning here, as the intensely salty water keeps you so buoyant you’ll be bobbing about like a cork rather than gracefully swimming a few strokes. Dead Sea mud famously doubles as a skincare product, and you can take things to a more luxurious level at one of the many high-end spas that line the coast.

There are more waters to take than just the Dead Sea, however. Nearby is Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan, the site where Jesus Christ is said to have been baptised, and a magnet for religious and secular tourists alike. More worldly attractions can be found at the nature reserve of Wadi Mujib, where you can splash your way through watery canyon trails.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Dead Sea Highway.