Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the tertile Jordan Valley.
In the commercial heart of the city, ultra-modern buildings, hotels, smart restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques rub shoulders comfortably with traditional coffee shops and artisan’s workshops. Everywhere there is evidence of the city’s much older past. Amman is crowned by the Citadel, a hill with ruins of the Temple of Hercules, an Ummayyad Palace, and a Byzantine Church. At the foot of the Citadel lies the 6000 seat Roman Theatre.
Due to the city’s modern-day prosperity and temperate climate, almost half of Jordan’s population is concentrated in the Amman area. The residential suburbs consist of mainly tree-lined streets and avenues flanked by elegant, almost uniformly white house. The downtown area is much older and more traditional with smaller businesses producing and selling everything from fabulous gold silver jewellery to everyday household items.
No more than a four hour drive from anywhere in the country, Amman is also a perfect base for exploring the surrounding areas and sites.
Citadel, located at the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammin, its boatsts remains from Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods. See the Umayyad Palace in all its historic glory. With Jordan pass entrance is free, without Jordan pass entrance fee – 3 JOD. Address: K. Ali Ben Al-Hussein St. 146, Amman. Coordinates: 31.954508, 35.936997
Roman Theater, built into the hillsite, this great theater was constructed during the time of Antonius Pius, it seats around 6000 people and is still used for performances today. With Jordan pass entrance is free, without Jordan pass entrance fee – 2 JOD.
Coordinates: 31.951546, 35.938168
King Abdullah I Mosque. Built as a memorial by the Late King Hussein to his grandfather, the unmistakable blue-domed mosque can ost up to 7000 worshippers inside and another 3000 in the courtyard area. With Jordan pass entrance is free, without Jordan pass entrance fee – 2 JOD.
Woman should wear modest clothes, because you should respect Muslims traditions. Coordinates: 31.961195, 35.912895
Abu Derwish Mosque is one of the beautiful mosques of Amman. It was built in 1961 on top of one of Amman’s seven hills, Jebel al-Ashrafiyeh. Its alternating black and white stones draw on traditional Levantine architecture. The mosque is clearly visible from other hills around Amman. It can accommodate more than 7000 worshipers
Address: Abu Darwish St. Jabal Ashrafieh, Amman. Coordinates: 31.941588, 35.937489
The Royal Automobile Museum was founded in 2003 under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II. The Royal Automobile Museum showcases an important part of Jordan’s political history from an interesting perspective. The exhibits also reflect the history of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan through cars from the reign of King Abdullah I to the reign of King Abdullah II. More recently, it has included many non-Jordanian vehicles and bikes, such as a 19th-century bike, a Bugatti and other rare vehicles. One of the most important items of the museum is the Lincoln Cabri convertible, 1952 model, which was used by late King Hussein Bin Talal during his studies in England, and also during his crowning ceremony in May 1953.
Coordinates: 31.982899, 35.826378
- Welcome to the Jordan – the phrase which you will hear often;
- Revise in the airport will not take long;
- You must have a Jordan visa, it cost 40 JOD, you can buy it in the airport or website before the arrival (the main condition you should spent 3 nights and 4 days). In addition you will get 40 entrance to the most popular places in Jordan (including the Petra). More information: https://www.jordanpass.jo;
- The roads condition are really bad, in the motorway you can go 110 km/h, but you will drive slowly, because there are road pits a lot. We are recommended to go in the light time;
- Gas prices are the same in every petrol stations;
- Do not change the money in the airport, because there are the worst rate;
- Local people are very friendly and nice, but you should be careful because they are like to cheat the tourists;
- You should have a cash, if you want to pay for hotels or in supermarkets;
- There are death penalty for drugs and rape;
- Food is not expensive, we are recommended go to the cafes where you can see the prices in meniu;
- Do not walk drunked, do not drunk in public places, woman should wear modest clothes, because you should respect Muslims traditions;
- Drinks: Coffee is very strong, sometimes you can relish it with cardamom. Tea is very sweetly, which is supplied with mint. Alcohol drink – Arak anise liqueur;
- Food: musachan – olive oil fried chicken, with onions and bread; mansaf – lamb with yoghurt sauce; makliuba – crumbed vegetables with fish and meat; shishkebab – roasted lamb or chicken with onions and tomatoes; kabsa – vegetables with meat and rises; mahshi – vegetables (cucumbers, aubergines, peppers, tomatoes) stuffed meat and rises. Very popular: kebabs, shavarma, falafel, humus;
- Souvenirs from Jordan: dried dates, halva, nuts, hookah, shawls;
- Cheap hotel near the city centre Concord Hotel
- Special car rental prices in Jordan;