Wadi Rum offers some of the most extraordinary desert scenery you´ll ever see and is certainly one of the highlights of any visit to Jordan.
Wadi Rum is a series of valleys cut into the sandstone and granite rock. The valleys are about 2km wide stretching north to south for about 130km. Among the valleys is a desert landscape of sand and rocks, punctuated by towering jebels that have eroded into a soft sandstone over a period of up to 50 million years. The highest peak here is the Jebel Rum, dominating the central valley at 1754m.
The Dead Sea is the saltiest sea in the world with 34,2% salinity. Practically this means that swimming here becomes floating.
The seas surface is 427 metres below sea level, making it the lowest point in the world. The reason for the saltiness is that there are no outlet streams. The Jordan River is the only major source of water. The name is derived from the fact that the water is far too salinated for marine life.
Diving in Gulf of Aqaba
The Gulf of Aqaba offers some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. The temperate climate and gentle water currents have created a perfect environment for the growth of corals and teeming marine life. The soft and hard coral formations are spectacular and there are many species unique to this area.
Here you can swim with sea turtles as they dart amongst the schools of multicoloured fish. Night dives reveal the nocturnal sea creatures, crabs, lobsters, and shrimp, as they search for a midnight snack.
Since ancient times travelers have been drawn to the Dead Sea to bathe in its mineral rich waters. Thus, the area has a good selection of spas to relax in. With one of the most advanced spa complexes in the Middle East, Zara Spa in Mövenpick hotel is considered one of the best ones.
Zara Spa is and has 6,000 square metres dedicated to pampering visitors senses, relaxing, revitalising and refreshing the mind. The spa area has extensive facilities, offering hydro-pools, whirlpools, pools with varying saline concentration, steam rooms, tropical scent showers, 31 treatment rooms, a VIP royal therapy suite and up to 70 à la carte treatments and massages.
Jerash is one of the largest and most well preserved Roman sites outside Italy. Its paved and colonnaded streets, hilltop temples, theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates remain in exceptional condition, making it a fascinating voyage to the Roman times.
Hammamat Ma'in is a series of natural hot springs and waterfalls located between Madaba and the Dead Sea in Jordan. There are about 60 thermal springs in this area, the most famous being the ones next to the Six Senses Spa. The springs have been here for ages and among others King Herod was a frequent visitor of these healing springs.
The waterfalls, those gush over a cliff beneath the resort, ranges in temperature from 40° to 60° C (104-140° F). There is a variety of pools right underneath the waterfalls and the water in these pools contains potassium, magnesium and calcium.
The Siq a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural rock formation that works as the main entrance to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra. Also known as Siqit, the main entrance in Petra is a dim, narrow gorge (in some points no more than 3 metres wide) winds its way approximately 1.2 kilometres and ends at Petra's most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh (the Treasury). A wide valley outside leading to the Siq is known as the Bab as-Sīq (Gateway to the Siq).