Jordan is the Middle East, but not as you know it, and nothing quite prepares you for how remarkable it is. Be inspired by ancient kingdoms found in steep gorges and sweeping deserts that change with the wind.
Empires from the Persians and Romans to the Greeks and Ottomans have left their mark on the country. Today Jordan is tranquil, safe, friendly and has a gourmet scene that will come as a revelation.
From its cosmopolitan capital, Amman to the ancient, rock-hewn city of Petra, this country is one surprise after another. It’s a place which will engage you as sensually as it does visually – the emptiness of the desert at Wadi Rum, the weightlessness of the Dead Sea and the inviting crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea all draw you in closer.
When to go
Jordan is a year-round destination – but despite its small size, you’ll find wide variations in climate, often reliant on the topography. The spring months are warm but not scorching, so this is our favourite time.