JORDAN TRAVEL GUIDE
Jordan, an Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan River, is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts. It’s home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C. Set in a narrow valley with tombs, temples and monuments carved into the surrounding pink sandstone cliffs, Petra earns its nickname, the "Rose City."
Jordan is one of the most hospitable and welcoming countries in the world. In the Middle East, which has a reputation for being exceptionally male-oriented, Jordan comes across as a cool breath of equality. Famous for its pink Petra caves, glimpses of ancient Greek, Roman temples, amphitheatres and gateways and samples of Christian civilisation. Jordan isn’t quite swamped by tourists though. The tensions of the region are to blame for that, but don’t get taken in by incomplete information – Jordan is a safe place, as safe as any place around the world.
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JORDAN QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Amman
- Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD)
- Area: 92,300 km²
- Population: 9,956 million (2018)
- Language: Arabic, (English widely understood among upper and middle classes)
- Religion: Sunni Muslim 92%, Christian 6%, other 2%
- Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (Continental round pin & UK plugs)
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JORDAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 30 January, Birthday of H.M. King Abdullah
- 1 May, Labour Day
- 25 May, Independence Day
- 9 June, Accession of H.M. King Abdullah
- 10 June, Army Day
- 14 November, King Hussein Remembrance Day
Business openings and work schedules may be significantly affected by Islamic holidays and festivals.
JORDAN WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Jordan's climate ranges between a more Mediterranean climate to a desert climate, but the land is generally very arid. Winter temperatures in the southern and northern highlands range between 9-13°C, while the deserts regions range from 19-22°C. In the Jordanian Valley, summer temperatures range between 38-39°C, while in the desert regions, they vary between 26-29°C. About 75% of precipitation falls during the winter. Jordan's climate is influenced by the Dry Sirocco (Khamsin) winds, which can lead to large temperature anomalies, with increases of up to 15°C. The Shammal Winds are also an influencing factor, blowing from the north and northeast and causing high daytime temperatures.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN JORDAN
The best time for outdoor activities in Jordan varies by region. In the north, March and April are best, while in the south, February and March are the most pleasant months.
BEACH OPTIONS IN JORDAN
The best time to enjoy the beaches of Jordan is from May to October. Some of the best beaches are: Amman Beach, Coral Beach, South Beach, Wadi Mujib, Berenice Beach.
KITESURF IN JORDAN
For all the wind seekers, Aqaba is a great kiteboarding destination in Jordan! The main windy season is from April to October, although there is wind all year round. The water is choppy with small swells depending on the wind strength.