10 Amazing Adventures that are Unique to Jordan

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With a dramatic sweeping landscape half occupied by the Arabian Desert, Jordan is a captivating Arab kingdom packed full of history and culture, proudly boasting a wealth of exceptional sights. From ancient Roman ruins to biblical attractions, there are plenty of adventures to be had and here are ten of the very best.

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the lost city of Petra is awe-inspiring. Carved into rock by the Nabataeans 2,000 years ago, the city affords stunning views and offers a unique insight into this ancient civilisation. The highlight is the Treasury, an engineering masterpiece of more than 40 metres and built as a king's tomb.

The Dead Sea
Another well-known attraction is the Dead Sea, with water that is ten times saltier than seawater, creating healing minerals and aiding natural floatation. Dead Sea mud is renowned for its soothing properties and many tourists have taken the opportunity to read, whilst languishing in the water.

The Red Sea
With glorious waters take advantage of the area around the Red Sea, especially if you want to embark on a diving adventure. Aqaba is a superb base for exploring the coral and sea life here and divers are treated to sights of turtles, dolphins, lobster and schools of colourful fish. An excellent place to enjoy an active holiday or to find late cruise deals at cruise.co.uk, there are also opportunities for water sports.

Nature Reserves
In terms of sheer raw beauty, the Dana Nature Reserve is unbeatable, sheltered by the Rummana Mountain and offering panoramic views, lush greenery and hiking opportunities. Explore the peaks and valleys and perhaps come across some of the wildlife unique to this region, including the native Roe deer.

The Baptism Site of Jesus
The area known as Wadi Kharar is thought to be the place where Jesus Christ was baptised by John the Baptist. It was also where Jesus gathered his disciples and first prayed to God. The site was only recently discovered.

Mount Nebo
Another significant holy site, Mount Nebo was once a dedicated pilgrimage spot, having been recognised as the place from which Moses spotted the Holy Land. A church was built here in the late 4th century to mark the end of Moses' life and the place he is believed to be buried. Now a basilica with beautiful Byzantine mosaics occupies the site.

The Jerash Ruins
Incorporating some of the world's best examples of Roman ruins, this incredible site is well worth a visit. Housing well-preserved ruins including a hippodrome and theatres, this is a prime location to marvel at everyday life in Roman times.

Wadi Rum
The amazing desert dunes at Wadi Rum are haunting yet heavenly at the same time and tie in nicely with a trip to Petra. An adventure aboard a dedicated vehicle is the ideal way to take in the exceptional landscape in all its glory.

Map of the Holy Land
The distinct market town of Madaba is home to the fascinating map of the Holy Land, which dates back to the 6th century and is made up of two million stone pieces and is protected by the Church here. The town itself is a riot of colour and activity, making for pleasant exploration.

Perseids Meteor Shower
A natural phenomenon for the last 2,000 years, the Perseids Shower occurs once a year, lighting up the clear Jordanian sky. Best viewed from the desert, the meteors can be spectacular and facilitate stargazing at its best. Camp out under the stars to enjoy this adventure, which is unique to Jordan.

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