We only spent 11 days in Jordan but it has taken us months to finish writing our posts about this wonderful country. From olive groves to desert, ancient ruins to scuba diving, there’s plenty to do and see in Jordan, and its small size makes it easy to fit a lot in. Some people are wary of travelling to the Middle East so in this post we want to answer any questions you might have and help you plan your own trip to Jordan, which we feel is the perfect introduction to the region.
When we first arranged our visit to Jordan we planned to end our trip in Aqaba, on the Red Sea in the south of the country and travel on to Egypt by ferry. The ferry to Nuweiba on Egypt’s Red Sea coast seemed like a good option as it was only supposed to take a few hours. When we arrived in Aqaba and tried to book a ticket though, things turned out not to be as simple as they seemed.
One of the things we loved about Jordan was its diversity and compact size. This was most apparent on the last leg of our trip when we woke up in a Bedouin tent in the Wadi Rum desert and just a few hours later were sailing out into the ocean.
I’ve always dreamed of galloping an Arabian horse through the desert, and in Jordan’s Wadi Rum my dream came true. Arabian horses are known for their speed and beauty and the craggy rock formations of this sandstone and granite valley were the perfect place to follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, who led the Arab Revolt here against the Ottomans during Word War 1.
We often aren’t very good with ruins or “must see” tourist attractions, but Petra blew us away and exceeded every expectation. We’d read a lot about it in advance but we just weren’t prepared for the epic scale of these ancient ruins—a city carved out of the mountains by the Nabataeans over 2000 years ago. It is deservedly Jordan’s most popular tourist attraction, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Wonders of the World.