Jordan is the ideal destination for those travelers who wish to sample Middle Eastern culture without the risk that accompanies visiting some countries. Jordan is an Arab kingdom in West Asia and borders Saudi Arabia to the south and east, Iraq to the north east, Syria to the north and Israel to the west. It is situated on the East Bank of the Jordan River and has something for everyone in terms of history, art, cuisine and impressive scenery.
If you’re a fan of Mediterranean food, then Jordan is the place for you. The national dish is called mansef and consists of rice, lamb and yoghurt sauce. It’s eaten by hand and tends to be a very social eating experience. There’s plenty of hummus, baba ghanouj, olives and falafel, so remember to ask which dishes the locals recommend and try all of them!
Leave the Western World Behind
We often go on holiday and fail to really distance ourselves from our daily lives. If you’ve been guilty of holidaying with your mobile phone and laptop in constant operation, why not take a break from technology and stay in a traditional Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum? Here you can be surrounded by miles of unbroken desert and sleep under the endless night sky after enjoying shisha and a traditional meal with a Bedouin tribe. This way you can be sure that no technology or work worries from back home will distract you from the Wadi Rum experience.
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is the lowest point and the saltiest body of water on this planet and has attracted visitors for thousands of years. In the water of the Dead Sea, you can just float and because of the high salt content, nothing can live in the water. If you visit Jordan, you can’t miss an opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea.
The Red Sea
For those who are interested in marine life, Aqaba is the perfect snorkelling and diving location. The Red Sea is home to some of the most impressive coral reefs due to gentle water currents and the pleasant climate. Look out for sea turtles, dolphins and jellyfish. You can spot these on dives or from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. If Jordan sounds like the right holiday destination for you and your family, contact a firm that specialises in Jordanian tours, like Encounters Travel.