The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is steeped in history, and archaeological attractions are plentiful; the ancient city of Petra, carved into the red rock face by the Nabataean people, is a must-see, while Jerash – hidden by sand until the 1920s – is one of the world’s best preserved Roman provincial towns.
For those who like the hustle and bustle of a cosmopolitan capital, you’ll love Amman where traditional coffee shops and markets vie for attention with the smart restaurants and boutiques. Natural wonders abound too. Allow the Dead Sea to amaze you with its ability to make you float effortlessly while at the same time benefitting from its mineral-rich mud; or marvel at the spectacular wilderness of Wadi Rum and its striking rock formations, canyons and water holes. If you wish, spend the night in a Bedouin tent and fall asleep to the sounds of the desert. Alternatively, excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities are guaranteed at Aqaba, the Red Sea resort. Swim amongst coral, fish, turtles and dolphins, and if you’re feeling brave, join a highly memorable night-dive.
Ramadan, which is observed for one month each year, is a period of fasting when the pace of life is slower, public areas are busier and there are certain restrictions, for example, consuming food in public, drinking alcohol and use of restaurants. In 2013, Ramadan will be celebrated for one month from 9th July.