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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.

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Olive Harvest in Jordan

If you happen to be in Jordan in autumn, you are definitely lucky! …because that means that you can participate in the olive harvest, and experience this memorable event up close as you work alongside local families.

 

An essential part of Jordanian culture

 

The olive harvest is an established event in Jordan’s calendar. Since thousands of years it holds significance both in terms of tradition and in terms of being a vital source of income. This makes the farming of olives an essential part of Jordanian culture and economy. The products that emerge are diverse, and besides the olives also the wood is very valuable. It is fashioned into a variety of products from jewelry to household items and furniture, and then sold. Important note: Only wood from non-producing trees is used for that.

 

But the real deal are the olives! Or perhaps rather what’s made out of them is. Jordan is one of the world’s top-10 producers of olive oil. And this is a good thing, for it is also consumed by the gallon here. Practically every meal uses this precious ingredient – a local favorite is simply bread dipped in olive oil and Za’atar, a traditional Arab spice mixture consisting of thyme, roasted sesame seeds, salt, and additional other spices.

 

Olive Picking

 

Wondering if you would be up to that task?

 

So, as stated above, if you are in Jordan during autumn, you have the great chance to visit a farm and participate in the olive picking process.

 

Here is a simple how-to:

 

1. Stretch plastic tarpaulins below the tree.

 

2. Pull your hand down every single branch, stripping the trees of the ripe olives, which then fall onto the tarpaulins.

 

3. Once the tree is stripped of all the olives, shake them into the middle of the tarpaulin. Sift through them, and also remove the twigs that have fallen into the mix.

 

4. Also collect any olives lying on the ground. Don’t even think about throwing dried and shriveled olives which are seemingly past their best! They are actually the best kind to take to the press. This is because the water has evaporated from them, leaving only concentrated oil behind.

 

5. Pile the olives, now twig free, in buckets, which are poured into sacks. These sacks get transported to the warehouse and factory where the press lives. There, they are churned and juiced, pulped and purified, until only the gorgeous yellow oil remains.

 

 

This experience, which is part of our weekly walks program, offers excellent insight into a process that is at the heart of Jordanian culture, in terms of economy, cuisine and tradition. Of course, not all olives are turned into olive oil. There is another process that begins to create olives for eating. Yum! But that is for another post.

 

If you’re in Jordan now, sign up for the harvest – for a day in the fresh air of the green northern countryside with many new interesting insights and a lot of fun for young and old. You won’t regret it!

 

Get more information about this and other cultural experiences, events and trips here.

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Experience Jordan’s History: Amman Citadel

Jordan has more amazing historical sites than most people realize. This historic fortress, the Amman Citadel, is located on top of Jabal al-Qal’a, the highest of seven hills on which the city was built (jabal means ‘mountain’, qal’a ‘castle’).

Travel through time…

The citadel boasts a diverse range of previous inhabitants: Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, as well as Umayyad and Ayyubid dynasties. Of course, this is a paradise for everyone else who loves history. The first signs of human occupation that archaeologists found date back to the Middle Bronze Age (1650-1550 BC). At that time, most likely either a fortress, or an agora (a public space for arts, sports and politics) occupied the hill. Today’s visitors can trace the great ancient civilizations through the remnants of a Roman Hercules Temple, a Byzantine church, a spectacular Umayyad palace, and many other ruins and fragments. They can also visit the Jordan Archaeological Museum. In the museum many excavated artifacts are preserved, including both every day items, and the finer things of life such as jewels and statues.

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“I’m not interested in History…” – Here is why you should still visit:

You may say, “Thanks for all the information, but historical sights are not really my cup of tea. Why should I visit?” – We have a few more reasons to convince you…

1. The Location

The citadel is the perfect place to take a moment of rest. This is in particular from the busy and sometimes even stressful atmosphere in downtown. Since the site is located only a few minutes walking distance from Roman theater and Husseini Mosque (to be honest though, that’s downhill), you can fit a visit easily into your schedule. The way from downtown to the citadel is mostly a steep uphill. We therefore recommend to take a taxi (should cost less than 1 JD), or plan a few extra minutes of walking.

2. The View

From the citadel’s vantage point, situated atop the highest hill in Amman, you can see far out in every direction across the beautiful city. As you look west, the tallest freestanding flag in the world flies proudly in the wind. At the foot of the hill the amphitheater and downtown Amman buzz with life. And all throughout the year you can see flocks of domesticated doves circle over the city, that are joined by numerous kites during winter and spring time. It is a strange and fascinating feeling to stand in the ancient site that has been occupied by so many cultures, all while observing the modern city of today.

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3. The Atmosphere

Like the many locals coming to the Citadel, you can take time to relax, have a chat with friends and let you gaze wander over the sea of houses. Due to the variety of people present, you oftentimes find yourself enveloped by an atmosphere that is as diverse and multicultural as the traces of history covering the place.

Practically speaking, there are WC facilities on the mountain and a nice little market where you can get ice cream, waters, snacks, and coffee. The site closes around sunset – so make sure to be there early enough, so you can lean back to enjoy Amman in the glow of the golden hour (or any other hour of the day).

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Experience Jordan’s Guide on Getting Around

Navigating Amman’s complicated roads and the overall somewhat chaotic driving in Jordan can be a daunting task. The good news is – there are plenty of options for getting around! Our team at Experience Jordan Adventures is always happy to help you arrange transportation in- and outside Amman. If your adventure includes setting out on your own though, let us present you herewith …(*drums*)… Experience Jordan’s Guide on Getting Around:

 

Apps – Uber and Careem

 

The international ride hailing app Uber, and its Arab world alternative Careem are readily available in Amman. Careem was bought by Uber in May 2019, but will remain an independent brand. Both companies initially faced legalization battles in Jordan, but by now have emerged successfully.

 

The apps’ rating systems, GPS navigation, and automatic calculation of prices may spare you from many uncomfortable situations. They can for example prevent the driver from overcharging you. Or both you and the driver from getting lost on the way to your destination. On the other hand, it can sometimes take painfully long between ordering a ride through Careem or Uber, and that ride actually arriving at your starting point. This is especially the case during rush hours. However, you can prevent the problem by pre-scheduling your ride several hours, or even the day before.

 

All in all, experience showed that if you’re in Amman, unfamiliar with the city, and want a save, clean, and comfortable ride, Uber and Careem are great choices!

 

Taxis

 

Yellow taxis are ubiquitous in and outside of Amman, and can take you almost anywhere. They are also a bit cheaper than Uber and Careem.

 

The perhaps most important thing to know about yellow cabs: They are legally required to operate with a meter. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a cab driver to overcharge foreigners, particularly when picking them up around tourist sites or hotels. Always make sure the driver uses a meter (al-addad) and turns it on. Shaghal al-addad is the Arabic phrase for this. If he refuses, simply get out and take another cab.

 

There are some other taxis customs that travelers should regard in Jordan. For instance, it is recommended that women sit in the back, especially when travelling alone. Men usually take the front passenger seat. Also, while technically not required, it is nice to round up the fare to an easy number with for example five to ten qirsh. Just keep in mind that most taxi drivers don’t make a great salary…

 

In Aqaba, the “yellow taxis” are green. In Amman you might also see silver and white taxis driving around. The silver taxis are basically the same as the yellow ones, just more luxurious (newer models), and therefore also more expensive. The white taxis are called service. They are a type of public transportation which follows specified routes and are shared with other passengers. Visitors (and at times locals) usually find it very difficult to navigate service. We therefore recommend avoiding them in favor of the yellow (or green) taxis.

 

Private Drivers

 

A private driver is an excellent option for those looking to go on a day trip to one or more of the many sites close to Amman. These drivers generally have excellent knowledge of the surrounding areas, and often become one of the best parts of the trip, adding entertainment and information to the experience!

 

Some yellow taxi drivers or private car owners will agree to drive visitors around for the day. We, however, recommend hiring a private driver only from reputable companies. If you need assistance with this, we are happy to help! You can also have a look at our transfer services between Jordan, Jerusalem, and Israel/Palestine.

 

Public Transport

 

Public transport in Jordan is very different from the one in most European or North American countries. Services tend to be more informal, and timetables or system maps are nearly impossible to find, or -if existent- unreliable.

 

An exception to this is JETT. The transportation company is running buses on longer distances at fixed rates and schedules.
For all other buses, the best option is to find out from where to take the bus (you can e.g. try asking the staff in your hotel), and then go to this place and wait for the bus to pass by. Sometimes you also have to wait for the bus to fill up with passengers. The good think is, these buses are really cheap. The bad thing is, using them requires quite a bit of regional knowledge, as well as time and flexibility.

 

We hope this guide can bring some clarity to the Jordanian transportation system. And – on a last note – sometimes, getting around is as easy as asking someone to take you there!

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Break Time: The Great Coffee Stops of Amman

Unless you’re a seasoned expat, it might seem daunting finding basic lifestyle comforts that you generally get back home. For many tourists a day or two in Amman might seem overwhelming or dull as you are unsure of where to go and what to do. If you are like myself…coffee and cafés are an essential part of life and a way to see more of the city.

Here is an insider’s look of where to go to get that much needed cup of joe and a bit of ambiance in a chaotic city like Amman.

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Whether you are looking for American coffee or Italian coffee, a place to work or a place to hang out with friends, there are options for it all. Now, you could easily go to the familiar Starbucks, Costa, Caribou or Paul, but do not underestimate the quirky and lively cafés popping up around town.

Dimitri’s Coffee

Founded in Amman in 2014, Dimitri’s Coffee is one of my personal favorites for a Friday morning coffee. By far the most skilled coffee brewers in Amman, Dimitri’s brews their coffee using methods such as Chemex, V60, AeroPress, French Press, an Nitro Cold Brew, just to name a few. If you are a coffee snob like myself, check this place out.

My Recommended Drink

  • Nitro Cold Brew

Location(s)

  • Abdali Boulevard Branch, Abdali
  • Dahiet Al-Ameer Rashid Branch, Mamdouh al Sarayra St.

Rumi Cafe

Rumi is one of those places that most expats tend to hang out. In the morning and early afternoon it is a good place to work, or relax and read, but come 5:00 p/m. you will be lucky to find a seat. If you are more into Italian style coffee, Rumi is the place to go. Yet, for those who are not coffee fans, try the tea! Rumi has some of the most amazing tea options that I have found in Amman.

My Recommended Drink

  • Iranian Tea

Location(s)

  • 14 Kulliyat Al Sharee’Ah St., Jabal Al Weibdeh
  • Abd Al Hamid Shoman Foundation, Jabal Amman (located in the library and is cheaper than the one in Weibdeh)

Turtle Green Tea Bar

Yes, they actually have turtles. But most importantly, the food and drinks are delicious, too. It is a reliable coffee option, but it is better known for its teas. The baristas are young and friendly, and the ambiance is perfect to sit and work, or meet up for a cuppa with a friend.

My Recommended Drink

  • Matcha Shake

Location(s)

  • Rainbow St., Jabal Amman

Seven Pennies Coffee

Why Seven Pennies? Well, SPC is a coffee shop with an ethical twist. Every 1JD you spend, you receive a token worth seven pennies to give to one of the featured charities on their wall. This coffee shop is always my first stop on my way to the Airport or the Dead Sea. Not to mention, they have some delicious, mouth-watering baked goods.

My Recommendation Drink

  • Flat White

Location(s)

  • Abdullah Al Hmood St., 7th Circle

Fann Wa Chai

A quirky café located next to the Italian Cultural Center provides a place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle from the street down below. From goldfish swimming in a television to art exhibitions, Fann wa Chai knows how to provide a stimulating experience.

My Recommendation Drink

  • Ice Tea (any kind)

Location(s)

  • Kulliyat Al Sharee’Ah St., Jabal Al Weibdeh

Want to try some more?

  • Café Strada
  • Majnoon Qahwa
  • The Good Book Shop
  • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • The Film Cafe
  • Wild Jordan Center

Yours Truly,

Caitlin B.

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Experience the Red Sea: Discover Life Under the Sea

Visiting Aqaba, right at the bottom of Jordan, offers an entirely new experience. This seaside city, bordering a bright turquoise body of water, is the last thing you might expect after driving south through Jordan’s seemingly endless expanses of desert sand.

 

Upon arrival to Aqaba you are met by the beautiful blue waters of the Red Sea. You know that it is real because, like most beach towns anywhere in the world, there are salt breezes and life moves just a little bit slower. People are just a little more relaxed when living by the sea. We will expand on the city of Aqaba at another time, because today we want to focus on the Red Sea itself.

 

 

The deep blue colors are hiding a secret. Unexpectedly, Aqaba boasts an amazing diversity of the marine life: coral, whale sharks, sea turtles and more. You will not believe the natural beauty that lies beneath the rippling azure of the waves.

 

There are many ways to enjoy your time along the coast, whether you prefer a more relaxing trip or wish to partake in as many activities as possible!

 

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Options in Aqaba

Scuba diving and/or snorkeling is for you if you wish to get up close and personal with the sea creatures Or if you prefer to watch from slightly further back, we recommend taking a trip in one of the glass-floored boats. You can cruise over the coral in style, with a professional explanation of what you are seeing below.

If you are looking for a private beach experience, which we all love, you can book at one of the 5-star hotels that have private beaches. Of course, there are other options as well. If you are to stay at a 4-star hotel there are public beaches and private beaches with low cost entrance. But if you can, why not enjoy the 5-star experience?

One of the only private beaches located within the national park of Aqaba, is situated perfectly so you can explore the reef-life. Other dive clubs, not in the national park area, have to take you from their base into the area from which you can then snorkel/dive.

For those among you who do not wish to go on a guided excursion, snorkel and wet suit hire are available.

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Aqaba is a marvelous place to visit for any age and person type; what you do with your time there can be tailored to suit your individual desires and needs, and whatever the specifics of your visit you will enjoy the experience. If this is on interest to you, be sure to mention to us that you want to include Aqaba on your trip to Jordan.

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Experience Art in Amman: Fantastic Art and Where to Find It

Art is the mouthpiece for culture. If you want to experience the rumbles of the emerging culture, visiting local Arab art galleries is the way to go. Not only will it provide a unique adventure, but you will learn what many people often miss when they visit Jordan. The heart and soul of the next generation.

 

Unbeknown to many, Amman has an eclectic and interesting collection of  boutique art galleries, many of which are within only a short walking distance of one another.

 

Walking the streets that lead off of Rainbow Street, 1st Circle, will have you stumbling across several art shops and galleries, some simply showcasing art, others double-timing as creative spaces, book shops, and cafés among other things! (Plus, while so close to Rainbow Street you can grab yourself one of the infamous Al Quds falafel sandwiches- ticking off another “must-do” on your Amman checklist!)

 

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Wadi Finan is a gallery, featuring emerging artists and offering a variety of art courses for those looking to engage and expand their creative side!

 

Nabad gallery is extremely close to Wadi Finan, and also houses an art studio in addition to a wonderful display of artist’s work, making it a fine arts resource for local and regional collectors alike. The venue is a renovated 1930s house, which also hosts musical events some evenings.

 

Café des artistes on Rainbow Street is another fantastic art spot, although its main occupation is as a café there are monthly art exhibitions supporting young talent in the area. It’s a wonderful place to relax; the ambience feeds your creativity as the kitchen feeds your belly!

 

Jabal al-Weibdeh is an artist’s hub in itself, being the location of art-themed cafes such as Fann wa Chai (literally “art with tea”) as well as galleries.

 

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Darat Al Funun, affiliated with the Khalid Shoman Foundation, stands on a hill overlooking the heart of Amman and boasts some of the best looking garden in all of Amman! The grounds serve as a top venue for experimental art, annually holding the “Do it” festival, where artists produce instructions for the public to follow in order to stimulate thought and new art. This year over 60 artists contributed! They host events such as concert film screenings, and readings in the beautiful grounds too, making it a place of true art-celebration.

 

Amman’s major contemporary art museum is the prestigious Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. Art-lovers and non-art lovers alike, the gallery is worth a visit purely for its status as a main part of modern Amman.

 

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The Jordan Tourism Board produced a list of key art venues in Amman, which you can access here.

 

We highly recommend paying a visit to some of the smaller and lesser-known art-hubs while you are in Jordan as it will give you a feel for the local culture. In doing so you support the local talent and enterprises, while discovering a new side of contemporary Amman.

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Your Visit to Jordan Must Include Mansaf – Jordan’s National Dish

Jordan’s national dish is Mansaf; as such it is essential that any and everybody who comes to Jordan tries it. Mansaf is magic.

Ingredients of Mansaf

Served on a large platter, the base is a layer of shrak, a flatbread so thin it is almost translucent. This is topped with lightly spiced rice, then slow-cooked melt-in-the-mouth pieces of tender lamb and a generous sprinkling of fried nuts.

The sauce, which the meat is first cooked in, and the remainder of which is poured lavishly over the dish, is what really brings it all together. A broth made of jameed- a hard dry goat’s milk yogurt of Bedouin origin- and spices.

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More than just Food

 

But it’s not only the phenomenal flavors that make this dish special; there’s more to this dish than meets the taste buds!

 

Mansaf ties together the key elements of Jordanian culture: Bedouin tradition, food, and most importantly- community.

 

The very fact that Mansaf is eaten from one large plate exemplifies the importance of sharing all you have, a core value here.

 

Food is renowned for bringing people together, all throughout history people have joined together for meals: whether it is a family inviting others into their homes as a display of hospitality, or politicians meeting for a dinner over which they discuss the fate of the masses!

 

But nowhere brings people together over food in the way the Middle East does. In the way mansaf does. (In fact, we think it would be a very good idea for mansaf to be served at all state dinners when different nations are discussing things, as it will make them so happy and sleepy that only good things can happen!)

 

Mansaf deserves the prestigious title of “the national dish of Jordan”, combining all the best things: the shared plate for the community; the sheer quantity for hospitality; the flavors for tradition.

 

traditionally served mansaf

Go get yourself some Mansaf!

 

It’s best enjoyed home-cooked, however, the top-rated restaurants for Mansaf are Reem Al Bawadi (near Medina Street), Tawaheen Al Howa (near Duwar Waha),  Jerusalem (Al Quds) found in the Downtown, and Jabri, on Gardens Street.

More important than where you eat it is how you eat it.

No.1 priority is doing so as part of a group. There are certain Mansaf etiquette guidelines that it is advisable to be aware of before you dive into this amazing food that you will never forget.

To study-up on said guidelines, check out this helpful article by StepFeed that outlines 6 key points to eating mansaf.

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Mansaf, served with Jameed sauce and fresh vegetables

Common Mansaf Jokes

Mansaf in addition to being the national dish is also a national inside joke. To know mansaf, the taste, and the effects.  First, the taste. Each city/region has a specific way of making the dish that gives it a unique taste. There is an on-going debate about which city makes the best mansaf. Try not to get in the middle of these discussions and simply be agreeable with whomever you find yourself with. If they are from Karak, then Karaky mansaf is the best, from Salt, then Salt mansaf is the best. If they are from Irbid…get the picture?

In reference to the side effect, mansaf is better at putting you to sleep (or a loopy state) than Thanksgiving turkey. Once you start eating, it is difficult to stop, and once you have consumed a good quantity you will be ready for a good nap. the below video gives you a good idea of what we are talking about. It is because of the above that mansaf is the great insider joke for both Jordanians and those who wish they were Jordanian.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Experience Dining: One for the veggies…

Are you vegan or vegetarian traveler interested in visiting the Middle East? Although meat is a rather substantial part of the Jordanian diet there are food options a plenty for you here in Jordan.

 

Pre the era of imported food, people made meals with whatever they had on hand. This means that vegetables are featured heavily in well-known and loved Jordanian dishes. The Jordanian culture of hospitality ensures that at every meal there will be more than enough food and variety of food on the table. This means you will never be limited to the choice of only one dish whether you are in a home, or a restaurant/café.

 

The cuisine here boasts a whole range of mezzes (small plates), so many that there seems to be absolutely no limit to them! Salads, dips, breads, potatoes, stuffed grape leaves, mini vegetable fritters, pickles… All of these and more are easily found on the menus of all restaurants serving traditional cuisine.

 

Salads: Pomelo and pomegranate, Beet, Cheery tomato; Chai; Manakish with cheese, olives and eggplant; Makdous

Salads: Pomelo and pomegranate, Beet, Cheery tomato; Chai; Manakish with cheese, olives and eggplant; Makdous

Of course, the basis of these restaurants is founded on the traditional Jordanian kitchen. Thus, fear not if you are invited to a home to dine- the mezze dishes on offer to you there will be even more plentiful and even more delicious than at the restaurant!

 

Traditional flatbread is a constant accompaniment to meals, so any mezze selection can be easily made more substantial. It is worth noting that this bread deserves it’s own names place on the menu, it is so delicious and fresh here.

 

Eggplant fattoush; mohammera bel jouz; shanklish

Eggplant fattoush; mohammera bel jouz; shanklish

There are many main dishes that are vegetarian friendly too: a selection of vegetable stews and rice dishes grace the menus of the restaurants.

Okra and tomato stew is particularly common, not to mention delicious, as are plates containing eggplant, like Fatteh el Makdoos (a bread, tomato, and eggplant casserole).

 

In Amman there are several restaurants that are purely vegetarian, Shams El Balad (Rainbow Street) being our top recommendation for flavour, freshness, and authentic experience.

 

Of course, it is extremely easy for veggies to grab a quick, cheap bite to eat: falafels are everywhere! Falafel sandwiches can be stuffed with sauces and veggies, and purchased from every corner of the city. These are infamous for good reason: they are divine.

 

As for sweets and snacks, these tend to be vegetarian and that sure is lucky for you because Jordan boasts an amazing selection of nibbles.

Roasteries full of nuts, chocolates and dried fruits can be found in every commercial area, as can sweet shops such as Habibah. “Sweets” is the word used to refer to all sweet things; it’s not limited to candy but covers cakes, cookies, chocolate and knafeh (for non-vegans) alike!

 

Dessert- Ghazal al Banat

Dessert- Ghazal al Banat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember when you visit Jordan we have excellent food options for you. Enjoy experiencing this amazing country full of culture, history, adventure, and food!

For more information on some specific veggie friendly places check out this site:

https://www.happycow.net/asia/jordan/amman/