20 Must-Visit Attractions in Jordan

The spectacular and very high natural fault of al-Sīq, the grand caravan entrance into Petra (The Siq) © Jorge Láscar
The spectacular and very high natural fault of al-Sīq, the grand caravan entrance into Petra (The Siq) © Jorge Láscar
Photo of Ginin Dunia Rifai
6 March 2017

Welcome to the Middle East’s most celebrated, easy going country, where smiles, generosity, Levantine flavors, and historical ruins are there to accompany you through your magic ride in an oriental gem.

Al-Siq, Petra

Along the Siq © Allan Grey | Petra, Jordan | © Allan Grey

Petra, the bedazzling rose-city, unfolds many treasures as old as time. While walking the narrow, rosy stone path, Siq will forcibly find itself to your to-do list.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum, Jordan | Flickr

First in Lawrence of Arabia, then in The Martian, the famous red desert of Wadi Rum is unconventionally becoming a Hollywood star.

Colonnaded Street, Jerash

Jordan-16A-102 – Colonnaded Street | © Dennis Jarvis

The ancient city of Jerash beholds numerous Roman attractions; Colonnaded Street serves as the most known and celebrated. Still maintaining its original stone paving, the Cordo was once the focal point of the ancient city.

Ajlun Castle, Ajlun

Ajlun | © Uwe Brodrecht

Ajlun is the city of natural and historical fusion, where its timeless historical fortress and its rare wildlife can be appreciated. Ajlun Castle dominates a giant hilltop, which back in the day took benefit of its position as protector of the commercial trade routes passing by to Syria.

The Treasury, Petra

Petra, Al-Khazneh | © Faraheed

Surprisingly, the rose-city has much more to offer, and tribute must be paid to Petra‘s most iconic monument, Al-Khazheh or the Treasury. This signature jaw-dropping sight will meet you the moment you finish walking through the 1200-meter Al-Siq.


Sunset over Red Sea | © cat_collector

This is Jordan’s only port to the Red Sea, and can be ultilized with water activities like scuba-diving, snorkeling, boat trips, jet-skiing, and just enjoying the sea air.

Dead Sea

Dead Sea, Israel | © Itamar Grinberg

The Dead Sea is the lowest point of dry land. Known for its highly salty waters, it will lift you easily without the fear of drowning or attempts to swim. Visitors of both local and international nationalities seek the Dead Sea for its mineral-rich mud, known for its therapeutical and cosmetic miracles. This mud is being sold for mind-blowing prices among imported goods, and it might not even contain the real ingredients. Don’t get it in your eyes, though!

The Jordan Valley, Al-Ghor

A look towards the Jordan valley | © Amir Yalon

Located just along the Jordan River and filled with date, banana, and tropical fruit farmers, visiting Al-Ghor is a refreshing way to explore a colorful and rather-humid side of Jordan. Enjoy the fresh-plucked fruits offered to you by the farmers and citizens as a welcome gift.

Mount Nebo, Madaba

Mount Nebo | © Ibrahim Owais

Mentioned in ancient religious tradition as the mountain from which Moses saw the Promised Land, Mount Nebo is an elevated ridge from Madaba city overshadowing the sacred land of Palestine and the Dead Sea. Search for Moses’ staff just at the end of the last staircase for the perfect view.

Roman Theater, Amman

Amman_Roman Theater | © krebsmaus07

The most famous landmark in Amman is the Roman Theater, located in the busy downtown area. This 6000-seat theater was built by the Romans in the 2nd century, and is still preserved.

Ma’in Hot Springs

Waterfall at Ma’in Hot springs, Jordan | © Rob

When feeling weary, the Ma’in Hot Springs are your perfect remedy. The sight is centered between Madaba and the Dead Sea. Indulge in the hot, mineral waters and enjoy the breeze of nature. For a night’s stay, check in the Ma’in Hot Springs Spa & Resort for further pampering.

Temple of Hercules, Amman

The Temple of Hercules | © Davidlohr Bueso

Dating back to the time of the erection of the Roman Theater, the Temple of Hercules is located at the top hill of the glorious Citadel of Amman, and is also visible from downtown.

The Baptism Site of Jesus Christ, Al-Maghtas

Bethany Beyond the Jordan | © krebsmaus07

Al-Maghtas, translating to “the place of Bapstism,” is an international treasure and attraction. The site is known as “Bethany Beyond the Jordan,” and it is a yearly gathering of Christians during their pilgrimage season.

Temple of Artemis, Jerash

Temple of Artemis | © Dennis Jarvis

Ruins of the legendary and iconic Temple of Artemis are still standing tall at the highest point in the city of Jerash.

Church of St. George, Madaba

Mosaic map | © Dennis Jarvis

Madaba is famous for its archeological Mosaic art. Discover the largest Mosaic map embedded on the floor of the Church of St. George.

Umm Qais, Irbid

Byzantine Church at Umm Qais (Gadara) | © Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

Umm Qais is a historical and natural sight located in the north of Jordan, known for its ancient ruins of Gadara. Umm Qais has optimal weather and spreading natural landscapes almost all year long.

Wadi Mujib

20 Wadi Mujib Malaqi Trail – Near the Waterfall | © Hiking in Jordan Website and Guidebook

Jordan’s famous self-guided hike sight, Wadi Mujib is a spectacular narrow canyon and river leading to the waterfalls. It is best known in the Hebrew Bible as Arnon River.

Jabal Al Lweibdeh, Amman

Jabal Al Lweibdeh | © Samuel Lahu

Jabal Al Lweibdeh is a small, yet trendy neighborhood located on one of the seven hills of Amman. It is a main attraction for expatriates and locals. Filled with old shops dating back to the establishment of Amman city, it is becoming more modern by the day with the numerous cafés and pubs opening their doors to newcomers, but is still holding on to the unique and soothing air of Jabal Al Lweibdeh.

Rainbow Street, Amman

Rainbow Street | © www.mapio.net

The one-way, stone-paved street is a destination itself. It is favored by tourists for its many souvenir shops, historical landmarks, and urban café places.