Jordan back on Tourist Map

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Jordan back on Tourist Map

Jordan back on Tourist Map | Among westerners any country connected to the Arab culture is carrying a warning sign. The way islamic societies treat women and the way they think about so-called ‘non-believers’ makes creates mix emotions. Therefore countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Lebanon or Palestine are not even listed as destinations for leisure tourist. But moderate muslimic states allow and even promote leisure tourism. Examples: Turkey, Tunisia, Malaysia. And there is a new star on the rise: Jordan …

With today’s blog post Chili & Churp want to make a strong case for Jordan. In our opinion Jordan is the Middle East’s most remarkable tourist destination. One image comes in mind first: the red pillars of famous Petra, an ancient city carved into the desert mountains and a UNESCO World Heritage site. But you might have already guess it: Jordan got more to offer than Petra …

The Dead Sea

Jordan back on Tourist Map | Among westerners any country connected to the Arab culture is carrying a warning sign ... Jordan Dead Sea
Jordan Dead Sea, Photo from Flickr (Itamar Grinberg).

Jordan is back on the tourist map among others because of its access to the Dead Sea – lowest place on earth accessible by foot, extremely salty water. Result: you can’t sink. The Dead Sea is flanked by mountains to the east and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the west. 45 billion tons of salts has been dissolved here. The Dead Sea area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar. Very popular habit of tourists: covering the body in mud. Not only does Dead Sea mud contain beneficial minerals, it also kills acne-causing bacteria. Body wraps made from Dead Sea mud are a popular treatment at high-end spas in the region.

The Red Sea

Jordan back on Tourist Map | Among westerners any country connected to the Arab culture is carrying a warning sign ... The coastline of Aqaba in Jordan
Jordan back on Tourist Map | The coastline of Aqaba in Jordan is not really a burner. But wait for your scuba diving sessions …

In the very south of Jordan lies Aqaba – a city that touches the Red Sea. Its beaches and coral reefs make a world-class snorkeling site. But be aware. There will be no powder-sugar sand, no lounge chairs, and no service of any kind. In return for accepting this you will be rewarded with untouched coral of every hue imaginable and schools of fish in all their brilliance.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum, Jordan. Many famous Hollywood block busters were shot here.
Wadi Rum, Jordan. Many scenes for famous Hollywood block busters were shot here.

A landscape that looks like Mars! Wadi Rum in Jordan was a practical backdrop for the planet Mars in filming The Martian – Bring him Home, starring Matt Damon. One part of Wadi Rum is known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T.E. Lawrence based their headquarters during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in World War I.

Jordan part of the Holy Land

Machaerus - a fortified hilltop palace from the Roman Empire. It's located 15 miles southeast of the mouth of the Jordan river, eastside of the Dead Sea.
Machaerus – a fortified hilltop palace from the Roman Empire. It’s located 15 miles southeast of the mouth of the Jordan river, eastside of the Dead Sea.

Jordan has several biblical attractions that create pilgrimage activities. The list of biblical sites seems to be endless: Al-Maghtas where Jesus was baptized / Mount Nebo where Moses looked on to the Promised Land / Umm ar-Rasas, a fortified Roman garrison that contains 16 Byzantine churches / Madaba that holds the Madaba Map which is the oldest mosaic map of the Holy Land* / Machaerus which is a fortified hilltop overlooking the Dead Sea where John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed etc etc.

Dead Sea, Jordan. Cover you body with mud. A great treatment for your skin
Dead Sea, Jordan. Cover you body with mud. It is said that this is a great treatment for your skin.

*: The Holy Land was located in today’s Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. It is considered holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims.


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