The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an amazing nation with great food and incredible people. Here are five things that you should not miss during your visit.
Petra almost goes without saying, but it is even more stunning in-person and easily the top attraction in Jordan. I made Petra a day trip, driving down from Amman on Route 15, which took about three hours. Give yourself at last 2-3 hours here and ensure you walk all the way up to the monastery.
2. Mount Nebo
According to the Book of Deuteronomy, Mount Nebo is the spot in which Moses was shown the Promised Land. At 2,330 feet, you can see Jehrico on most days and Jerusalem on a clear day.
3. Jesus’ Baptism Site
The Jordan River divides Israel and Jordan and is also thought to be the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. While visiting, you may notice pilgrims being baptized on both sides of the water.
One of the best meals of my life was in a small kitchen in Irbid, a northern city near the Syrian border. While your meal may not be as authentic, make sure you try mansaf while you are in Jordan. Mansaf is lamb cooked in fermented dried yogurt with spices and served with rice and toasted nuts. It is one of my favorite dishes in the world. Try it.
5. Kanafeh at Habibah in Amman
If you read my Middle East Airlines trip report, you know how much I love kanefeh, a traditional Arab dish made with layers of cheese and dough, topped in pistachios and drenched in rose water syrup. The most famous (for good reason) kanafeh is served at a place called Habibah in central Amman. Seek this place out for the best kanefeh in the world. Be prepared to wait in line.
I’ll be the first to admit that the list above is highly subjective and limited as well to what I experienced. The country is full of biblical and Roman ruins that I did not see in places like Jerash and Aqaba. Nevertheless, trust me on the five things above: they are all worth checking out. Check out Tiffany’s amazing trip report through Jordan for other ideas.
Have you visited Jordan before? What tops your list?