Petra is one of the world's most compelling historical sites, up there with the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids for romance and visual drama but it’s not until you’re there that you begin to feel a real sense of awe for the place.
Once inside, it is a lengthy walk down to the Siq. This is the spectacular but narrow passage way that leads into Petra and was used in the aforementioned Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It is almost 1km long and is a fascinating walk with contrasts of light and shade, stunning colours and man made carvings.
A first glimpse of Petra's Treasury is a sight to behold, and is the one sight most people will recognise in Petra. However, it is an entire city which at one stage was home to 30,000 people and to see everything takes at least a full day. Imagine an entire city carved out more than a thousand years ago from the rose-red stone of desert mountains and you’ll begin to get an idea of the magnificence of this ancient city. Built by the Nabateans in the 1st century BC, the city is an imposing sight till this day.
Sturdy footwear is a must especially if you climb up the rocky steps to the heights. The views from the top are well worth the effort. A ride in a horse drawn carriage back out of the canyon is a nice relief for tired feet as there is lots of walking !!
If you choose to delight in Petra at night, the ancient city transforms into what must be one of the most magical places in the world. Thousands of candles guide visitors through the Siq, it’s a truly romantic experience.
How long does it take to get to Jordan ?
Approximately 5 hours flight from London to Amman ensures it is a very feasible short break. All our
Jordan breaks are very efficient at using every minute wisely which means with the Petra Express, you get 2 nights at Petra, which we think is imperative to truly enjoy the experience, and then you also enjoy a night at the Movenpick Dead Sea to tick another item on the bucket list.
Some interesting facts about the Dead Sea:
1. You can lay on the surface of the water without even trying to float. The high salt content makes you buoyant.
2. The Dead Sea isn’t actually a sea at all! The Dead Sea is a saltwater lake. As the name implies, there is no marine life in the Dead Sea. The high mineral and salt content of the waters make it impossible for fish or plants to live.
3. The shores of Dead Sea mark the lowest point on the earths’ surface.
4. The unique salt in the Dead Sea treats acne, psoriasis, hives, cellulite, dry skin, dandruff, stress, muscle aches, and more.
What is the weather like ?
Jordans climate offers year-round sunny skies and dry air. It has less than 50 millimetres (2 inches) mean annual rainfall and a summer average temperature between 32 and 39. Winter average temperatures range between 20 and 23 °C.
On average, there are 192 days above 30 degrees celcius annually. Overall Petra gives you the perfect destination to enjoy some sunshine & see some incredible sights all in a short space of time.
I have just touched the surface here on things to do in Jordan so if time is not an issue for you then there is so much more to do including seeing the desert, the Red Sea and Jerash Roman ruins to just name the well known sites.....there re many others as wll!