At the sprawling mountain city of Amman Jordan, the ancient Middle East meets modern day Jordan with an array of fascinating historic sites and contemporary art galleries. Amman is the capital of Jordan and is situated between the desert and the fertile Jordan River Valley. Spread over a number of hills, residents and visitors alike have great panoramic views of the city and beyond at every turn.
A commercial center and prosperous capital, the western fringes of the city center reflect more of a western feel with boutique shops, restaurants and a vibrant Amman nightlife to match. Downtown is more reflective of traditional Middle Eastern culture with local coffee bars and artisan craft shops.
In accordance with municipal law, all the buildings are faced with local stone, which gives the effect of a blanket of uniformed white house’s. These suburban houses flanked by leafy tree lined streets have earned Amman Jordan the nickname “the white city”.
Amman tourism is centered on a number of close by and easily accessible sights. Amman boasts an illustrious history dating back to the Stone Age.
Certainly worthy as an Amman travel destination is the
Jordan Archaeological Museum, which boasts a collection
of ancient antiquities including an exhibit of, the Dead
Sea Scrolls. The museum chronicles the region’s
impressive history through a remarkable collection of
pottery, tools and monuments. Amman Jordan also has a
Folklore museum and Museum of Popular Tradition.
A popular Amman tourism attraction is the archaeological site known as the citadel. Situated within the site are Neolithic remains dating from the early Bronze Age. Sitting alongside these relics of early man are later examples of Byzantine occupation such as the Temple of Hercules. There is also a church and an Umayyad Empire era palace. Lying at the foot of the citadel is a 6000 seat Roman theatre that is still used today for cultural performances.
Amman travel tours heading south out of the capital along the 5,000-year-old Kings Highway will experience a very memorable journey. Passing through a string of ancient historic sites, you finally reach the city of Madaba. Known as the City of Mosaics, the Church of St. George houses some spectacular examples of Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Here two million pieces of colored stone depict a 6th century map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land reaching as far as the Nile Delta illustrating villages, valleys and hills. Spread throughout the towns many churches and an archaeological museum are 5th, 6th and 7th century mosaics depicting scenes from mythology to the everyday pursuits of hunting, fishing and farming. The artwork also records plant, bird and animal species.
It is also possible for tourists taking an Amman vacation to visit Petra, one of the ancient wonders of the world. Located 3 hours south of Amman, Petra is a viable Amman travel option and within grasp of most holiday makers. This world-renowned UNESCO World heritage site is continually voted the best tourist attraction in Jordan.
For those intending on an Amman vacation staying close the capital needn’t worry about a lack of Amman tourism sights, as there are plenty of good options for adventure activities in the nearby Jordan Valley. The valley is easy to reach. Being only a short drive away it makes for a great day excursion and offers activities like hiking and horse riding. Jordan’s main Amman vacation resorts can organize sports like professional skydiving, hot air ballooning and horse riding lessons from the surrounding equestrian centers. Amman also boasts a 9-hole golf course and the Waves water park. On the western outskirts of the city is the King Hussein National Park complete with a cultural village. This presents a great opportunity for delving into Jordan’s heritage and picking up some local handicrafts.
Like any cosmopolitan city, there is a considerable Amman nightlife after dark. Plenty of bars and clubs throw out modern beats among the fashionable young crowds. For the more culturally driven, there are also traditional Amman nightlife venues showcasing Arabic music and dancing. For dining out, there are a range of restaurants serving dishes from international cuisine to local food.