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Are you looking for a country that combines sightseeing, culture, relaxation and adventure? Then Jordan should be the country to visit! Located in the heart of the Middle East, Jordan is located around 160 km (100 miles) from Jerusalem, or 5 hours by plane from central Europe. It offers remarkable natural scenery juxtaposing with ancient ruins, old traditions and rich culture blended with modernity and progress. Here are the top three reasons why Jordan should be your next travel destination.
1. There is Much to See and to Do
The main reason people from all over the world visit Jordan is the country’s rich cultural heritage. Petra, an ancient Nabatean city dating back to the 4th century B.C., is the most popular attraction in Jordan. And this for good reason: the ancient lost city has been renowned as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
But there is much more to discover in Jordan than only Petra. Roman traces are omnipresent in Jordan, especially in the Northern part. Four out of the ten cities of the ancient “Decapolis”, a group of Roman-Greco trade cities, are located in Jordan. Both the capital Amman as well as the city of Jerash let you re-experience the Roman Empire, as you walk through well-restored Roman towns.
In addition to remarkable monuments, Jordan has some amazing landscape to offer. From unique landscapes in Dana Biosphere Reserve, waterfalls in Wadi Mujib or red sand dunes in Wadi Rum – Jordan is a true heaven for everyone who loves nature and outdoor activities.
2. Culture and Culinary Delights
Food lovers looking for good cuisine will definitely have their culinary desires satisfied when visiting Jordan! Most of the dishes you find in Jordan originate from the Levant region and are similar to dishes you will find in countries like Lebanon or Palestine.
Famous dishes in Jordan include the well-known Falafel, Houmous and Kebab. If you would like to try something a little more traditional, go for Manakeesh (Arabic pizza) or Kibbeh (fried minced meat balls). Vegetarians will love Halloumi (grill cheese) or Mujadara (rice with lentils). Last but not least, do not miss out on Za’arb (Bedouin underground barbecue) and of course Jordan’s national dish: Mansaf.
Food in Jordan is more than just filling your belly – sharing a meal has a high importance for Jordanian people and represents their generosity and hospitality. Luckily Jordanian food is very diverse and really tasty!
3. Jordan is a Safe Destination
Last but not least, safety is one of the crucial factors most people consider when picking a travel destination. Despite the fact that Jordan is located in the Middle East (a region that is reputed for being unstable), Jordan is a safe place to visit. The political situation in Jordan has been healthy and stable over the past decades. Crime rate in Jordan is generally low and public spaces, such as malls, events and airports are well-guarded.
Solo-travelers don’t have to worry when traveling around Jordan. Locals are used to tourists, including female solo-travelers. Jordanians are known to be very welcoming to tourists and helpful in the event of any difficulty. If you are lucky, you will even be invited to share a meal with a local family!