Jordan has so much to offer its visitors, but many of them don’t realize the wonders that are right under their nose. It isn’t just the Dead Sea that makes Jordan one of the most beautiful places in the Middle East, but also a vast array of astonishing natural sites and cultural attractions spread throughout the country. Here’s our list of the top 10 wonders of Jordan that will leave you speechless with excitement!
1) Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum is a desert valley in southern Jordan, home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The valley and its surrounding mountains are littered with hundreds of natural rock formations that lend the area an otherworldly appearance. Visitors can hike through the rocky terrain or ride a camel through it, as many have done for thousands of years. One thing you won’t find at Wadi Rum: people.
Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an that was originally built around 312 BC as the capital city of the Nabataean kingdom. The city contains some well-preserved ruins and rock-cut architecture that has made it a popular tourist destination. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
3) Ancient City
One of the most impressive ancient cities in the world, Petra is a sight to behold. The site consists of buildings carved out of solid rock and is a testament to the ingenuity and ambition of its people. As if that weren’t enough, Petra was also listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1985.
4) Dana Nature Reserve
While the Dead Sea is certainly a sight to see, there are many other natural wonders in Jordan that are equally breathtaking. One such wonder is Dana Nature Reserve, which is home to some of the most impressive sandstone formations in the world. These red rocks tower over visitors, make for one-of-a-kind hiking opportunities and provide a perfect backdrop for unforgettable photographs.
5) Jerash Gate Bridge
In the ancient city of Jerash, you can find the oldest stone bridge in the world. This bridge is named the Bridge over the Daraghah and is believed to have been built in 11 AD during Roman Emperor Hadrian’s reign. The bridge spans around 100 meters and still stands today, even after being destroyed and rebuilt a number of times.
6) Umm Qais Ruins
Umm Qais Ruins are a collection of Byzantine churches and basilicas in the Jordanian city of the same name. The site is an important example of Byzantine architecture and was abandoned after an earthquake in 749 AD. The ruins offer visitors a glimpse into the ancient Christian Church which ruled much of the region during late antiquity, before they were replaced by Muslim rulers in 635 AD.
7) The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day by the sea or an adrenaline-filled adventure, this body of water has something for everyone. Visitors can swim in its salty waters, float on its surface and even indulge in some therapeutic treatments at one of the many resorts located along its shores. The best way to explore the Dead Sea is by taking a boat trip across it with one of the many tour operators available.
8) Snow on the Desert Mountains
The Dead Sea isn’t the only natural wonder that Jordan has in store. When you think of a desert mountain, images of snow are probably not what come to mind. However, this is exactly what can be found on Mount Hermon at around 3,000 meters above sea level.
In the winter months (December-February), the mountaintops are covered with snow due to the region being located in a rain shadow.
9) Rose Valley
Rose Valley is a natural wonder, located in the region of Wadi Al Arabah. It is also known as the Valley of Roses, due to the many varieties that grow there. The valley covers an area of 400 square kilometers and has been declared a nature reserve by UNESCO. The reserve is home to over 10,000 species of plants and animals such as ibexes and leopards.
10) Bethlehem Nativity Church
The Bethlehem Nativity Church is a place where you can find the birthplace of Jesus Christ. It’s also one of the most popular destinations in Jerusalem. The church is a sacred and holy site for many Christians.
It is believed that Jesus was born to Mary at this site, as it is close to where she was living in Nazareth, about 60 miles north. Shepherds are said to have visited this site on the night that Jesus was born, and angels told them about his birth.