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Experience Jordan in Winter

You may be wondering, is winter a good time to visit Jordan? Does Jordan get cold? Or, how can I make the most of my trip while staying warm? And of course, what should I pack?

– Don’t worry! We have the answers to those questions and more below. There are plenty of great options for sightseeing, hiking, and having an amazing experience!

How is the weather? And what to Pack?

Practically, if you are visiting Jordan between December and February: Do pack warm cloths! Although it may seem that the temperature is higher in Jordan than your home country, the feel of the temperature can be quite different. There can even be snow. Wearing layers is advisable, as it means you can react flexibly to changing temperatures (day/night, inside/outside), plus a decent coat, sturdy shoes, and warm socks.

Indoor heating may be different than what you are used to from your home country as well. In Jordan the buildings generally have room heaters (hot water carrying wall units), AC units (that are also able to blow hot air), or space heaters (electric or gas) as primary heat sources. That is instead of central heating like more modern buildings and areas. Hotels should always be comfortably heated in the winter. However, houses and older buildings are very often poorly insulated. So even inside buildings, you may want to wear a light jacket. 

Preparation is key, so be sure to check the weather forecast before you come for any signs of rain/snow!

Winter is a great season to hike in Jordan.

In summer most places are crowded with tourists, and the blazing sun can make being outdoors uncomfortable. But you can avoid both of these inconveniences by planning your trip during the winter months between November and March.

This time of the year is especially perfect for activities such as hiking, since the temperatures are comfortable for even long hikes on desert trails. For example the route from Little Petra to Petra is a fantastic hike to consider: Rated among the top hikes in the world by National Geographic, it has you enter Petra via the lesser travelled ‘back door’ route. That route enables you to explore the beautiful and wild landscape, as well as many other attractions on the way, without the heavy traffic of thousands of fellow tourists. It also incorporates the phenomenal site (and sight!) of Petra with a better grasp of cultural and historical places and traditions. 

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While in Petra, you perhaps also want to take the time for a visit to Petra kitchen. It’s a great option for the shorter days of winter! There you can learn to cook traditional meals with local women. Additionally, it is a fantastic opportunity to engage with locals, sample delicious dishes, and learn more about the fundamental importance of food and hospitality in Jordanian culture.

Other Options for visiting Jordan in Winter:

A trip to Madaba, could include visits to several (heated) museums and churches, as well as a stroll on nearby Mount Nebo. The view over the Holy Land is best at this time of the year, when the dust in the air has been washed away by the winter rains. There is a renovated church on top of the mountain, boasting an array of beautiful mosaics, and on the road up to/down from the site itself you can visit the best folklore museum in Jordan: La Storia. In Madaba there are different churches that are also worth stopping by – above all the Church of St George accommodating the oldest existing map of the region. …and since Madaba is a predominantly Christian town, a December trip can incorporate the sighting of sparkling Christmas trees too!

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Another great option is to travel to the Dead Sea. Due to it’s low altitude, the climate in this region is much warmer than in the rest of Jordan, and the opportunities for relaxation are unrivaled. Even if you find it too chilly to swim in the sea, many of the hotels have heated pools, plus the spas are heavenly – treat yourself!

And last but not least, there are also many options in the capital city of Amman. In Amman there are art galleries, restaurants, cafes, cultural centers, concerts, historical sites, or local markets. As travel experts, we would be happy to recommend some options specific to your trip.

Dead Sea view on your trip to Jordan
Experience Relaxation: A Day by the Dead Sea Makes Your Experience in Jordan Complete

When you visit Jordan, you don’t want to miss the world-renowned Dead Sea. The Dead Sea, really a large salt lake,  is the lowest point on earth. Known for its super-salty water that makes floating effortless and for its mineral-rich mud that is used in cosmetic treatments all over the world. A day at the Dead Sea is like a day in paradise! Here you can treat yourself like royalty.

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Due to the altitude of 400m below sea level, the climate at the Dead Sea is mild in winter and hot in the summer. Amazingly, it has temperatures an average of 10C hotter than in Amman, despite its proximity. So it’s a great escape for those traveling from colder weather. But even in the Summer, it is a worthwhile and recommended experience.  Through the wintertime, you can still expect temperatures that will allow you to enjoy the pools and salty water of the sea.

The sea’s buoyancy is incredible. Other people’s accounts can’t prepare you for the sensation of weightlessness as you let your feet lift from the bottom of the banks and you begin to bob with the gentle flow of the water.

Float in the Dead Sea when you visit Jordan

Floating in the sea

While there, people can be seen on the banks lathering themselves in the black mud. It is true that the minerals in the mud are many and are extremely good for the skin. However, it remains for the individual to decide if they wish to coat themselves in it entirely, or simply choose a few key spots.

A host of spa hotels line the Jordanian bank of the sea, meaning no matter your budget and situation, the restful experience is real.

For families, the Dead Sea Spa hotel is a great option. In addition to beach access, it has a range of pools: ones suitable for adults to float and relax, and others with slides to keep the kids (and kids at heart) entertained.

For those looking for a top-end luxurious experience, there a several fantastic 5* hotels, including the Movenpick and Kempinski, with full spas and a large range of treatments. The Dead Sea is a great place to pamper yourself.

Five star hotel accomodations at the Dead Sea with Experience Jordan

Looking out from a hotel room

On the other end of the spectrum, for you who are not bothered about relaxing by a pool or indulging in a massage, there are several public beaches which you can visit and enjoy both floating in the sea and the famous mud for only a few dinars (local currency).

In addition to the water sports, food and entertainment options are available depending on what hotel you are booked with. Other activities near the Dead Sea include hiking in wadis, Lot’s Cave, Ma’in Hot Springs, and The Baptism Site to name a few.

When you book your trip with Experience Jordan Adventures, let us know what your interests are for your trip and we can create the perfect itinerary for your ideal vacation.

Life at the Dead Sea exjo June 30 2014
Life at the Dead Sea

Life at the Dead Sea

June 30, 2014

 

​There are some things in life that live up to your expectations of them. New York City, I found, was one of those things; big, bustling and just as exciting as everyone made it out to be. Petra, too. That walk through the Siq and the catch-in-your-throat breath that comes with the first glimpse of the Treasury. But more on Petra and my adventures there later.


The Dead Sea, though, exceeded all the expectations. Colleagues told me it was amazing, friends who’d visited before said it’s unlike anything I’d ever experience, locals all pointed out how it’s always a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of busy Amman. They were all correct.


Last week I went to one of the hotels stretched along the coast with friends for one night. We arrived in the afternoon, entered the immaculate lobby, rushed our bags to our rooms, and went straight down to the beach.


The sky was splashed with orange and pink as the sun was setting over Israel as we all walked over the little wooden jetty into the water, still warm from a day of sunshine beaming onto it. I can’t quite describe the sensation of wading out into the sea and then suddenly floating, sitting, not sinking. Nothing would do it justice, I think. There were shrieks of laughter and disbelief, and the three other tourists looked on with amusement, probably remembering their identical reactions the day before.


It was hard to take in as I was floating there, watching the sun sink over the hills on the shore across the sea, that this was the only place on the planet I could be having this experience. It’s not the only time I’ve had a feeling like that in Jordan, but it felt particularly amazing at the Dead Sea as we were laughing and trying unsuccessfully to swim and flopping around like toddlers in life jackets, and ultimately giving in and lying back, being gently lifted and rocked by the waves.


And then there was calm. It was quiet, and I had time to reflect a bit. It’s hard to think in the city sometimes. Cars everywhere, people everywhere, the heat, the buildings, the concrete. Floating in the Dead Sea afforded the much-needed opportunity to just stop. You don’t even need to swim – there’s no sense of struggling to stay afloat. No work or worries or schedules or lists or language barriers to weigh you down. It’s the weightlessness, both literal and figurative that makes the Dead Sea so amazing, so unlike anywhere else.


I mean, yes, there are amazing hotels, five-star luxury, spas, breakfast buffets to die for and all the rest. In fact, it’s quite tough to go to the Dead Sea without staying in a hotel – I would definitely recommend paying a bit extra, if possible, and staying somewhere with a private beach and good facilities. When you’re ready to get out of the intensely salty water it’s definitely nice to be able to shower and take a dip into a pool, sit back on a sun lounger, or recline in the shade at a bar.


But once you’re out there on the waves with the sunset over the Holy Land and no distractions whatsoever most other things fade into insignificance. There’s a freedom on the water that comes like a cool breeze on a hot Amman afternoon. That sense of forgetting yourself, the space to ponder, the clear your head and just let things go. Yes, it’s definitely the weightlessness that makes it wonderful. You’ll see.