Best Time To Visit Amman

When you travel to Amman, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Amman, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Amman to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Amman things to do can include exploring Amman attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Perhaps one of the most distinctive places in the city, the Roman Theatre is an open amphitheatre built on the same styles as the ones found in Rome. It is one of the most frequently visited places within the city.  The Theater complex also houses a folklore museum and a culture museum.

Is located in the border of the old city of Amman.  The place contains many interesting historical sites from the city’s ancient past.  Most of these sites are ancient Roman ruins and have been preserved for tourists. The Temple of Hercules, Byzantine Church, Ummayad Palace and National Archaeological Museum are housed with the citadel.  Ummayad Palace offers a panoramic view of the city.  The Archaeological Museum contains an eclectic collection of artefacts from across Jordan.

Is an art gallery spread across three building in the heart of the old city.  The place houses some of the most famous works of notable artistes in the country.The gallery also hosts a number of artistes and organizes exhibitions around the year.

Finding activities to keep kids engaged is definitely a challenge during holidays.  In Amman tour young children will have the opportunity to try out different activities that are simple yet thoroughly enjoyed by kids. Kite-flying is prevalent in Amman and while here one can take their children to The Citadel and fly colourful kites. Kite-flying is playfully competitive and locals are ever present to give tourists a run for their money. Spending a memorable day at Amman Waves, a water park located a few kilometres outside the city is sure to be a memorable experience for children and adults alike.  Day tours to historical sites like Jerash or Petra to savour the world famous ancient architecture with your children.  The Royal Racing Club which organizes camel and horse races during spring and summer would be another place to take children to.  The Haya Cultural Centre designed for children has a vast area for indoor games, a museum and library for children to play and explore their varied interests.

Built in the late 1980s the mosque is an imposing figure and is one of the primary religious places in the city.  The late Kind Hussein built this mosque as a memorial for his father the late King Abdullah I.  This is perhaps the only place in the city which allows non-Muslims. Tourists entering the place are advised to be sensitive about the dress they were and it is also very important for tourists to behave appropriately when visiting this place. A massive blue dome dominates the mosque which has an amazing capacity of seating. Close to 10000 worshippers can seat inside and in the courtyard.  The blue dome has inscriptions from the Holy Koran written in gold on the inside and has a massive chandelier which illuminates on the inside. There is a separate prayer room for women which can accommodate up to 500 at a time. The Mosque also has a museum within the premises which houses some of King Abdullah 1’s personal collections and Islamic scripts and coins.

This gallery reflects Jordan’s strong artistic culture and is host to artistes not only from Jordan but also across the region.  The exhibitions are a top draw among the residents of Amman and attract a crowd of visitors daily.

As the name suggests this museum chronicles the country’s military history from the late 19th century and has an interesting collection of photos, articles and artefacts from the era.

The museum is one of the most popular attractions among tourists. It showcases the automobile collection of Jordan’s royal family.

The quaint activity filled street is located in one of the older areas of the city and is named after an old cinema show house which is now closed. The street is lined with cafes, book stores, boutiques and is a place for locals as well as tourists to hang out.  The street is noted for its old traditional architecture which is being preserved to attract more tourist footfalls.

Most natural attractions are located outside the city with the Dead Sea being the most popular one.  The lowest point on the earth, the Dead Sea waters are rich with minerals and natural salts and give swimmers natural buoyancy and have exemplary rejuvenating powers. Visitors can use the public beaches in the area or book themselves in one of the hotels which would have its own private beach area.

The Roam Theatre, Citadel, Nymphaeum reflect the rich cultural and historical past of the city of Amman.  However a trip to the country is incomplete without a visit to places like Jerash, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Petra, Umm Quais, Wadi Rum, all of which is located outside the city and is easily accessible by booking a day trip. Jerash is one of the most ancient cities in Amman and a trip to this place will transport visitors to the old Roman era with its paved boulevards, impressive columns and structures. Moyunt Nebo is where Moses is fabled to have seen a vision of the Promised Land.  The place offers panoramic views of ancient places like Jericho, Judah and boasts of a Franciscan monastery with mosaics and ancient relics. Madaba is often dubbed as the ‘city of Mosaics’ and boasts of an elaborate mosaic of the Holy Land.  Local guides here keep visitors enthralled with biblical tales that lend the place a different atmosphere and transports visitors to a different time. A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra is a must for every visitor to Amman. Roughly 3 hours from the capital, Petra is an ancient city that has often been filmed umpteen times on celluloid. A walking tour arranged by locals will give visitors a glimpse of the city rich past. The protected region of Wadi Rum which is essentially a large area of spectacular gorges, rock formations and canyons is again a must-do for tourists who would be regaled with stories of TE Lawrence who had fought alongside Bedouins during World War I.

Amongst Amman’s most famous landmarks, the Jabal Al Qala or The Citadel and the Roman Theater would stand out as distinctive landmarks that represent Amman. The majestic King Abdullah I mosque is a notable feature in Amman’s skyline.  The Nymphaeum with its elaborate mosaics, fountains and swimming pool is another notable landmark within the city.

The Jordan Gallery of Fine Arts and the Darat Al Funun are notable museums that are standing proofs of the city’s deep-rooted artistic culture.

Whether one is busy exploring the historical sites or visiting the city’s hotspots, Amman has something for everyone across all age groups. You can spend your days exploring the ancient attractions and the evenings sitting at one of the happening cafes near the old city savouring local delicacies and soaking up the city’s atmosphere.

Due to the ever burgeoning tourist inflow, Amman offers a range of local and international cuisine.  A trip to the city is incomplete without tasting the delectable local dishes.  The most popular dish is the shawarma which is meat i.e. lamb or chicken rolled in flat bread.  Another local delicacy the mansaaf is a dish of lamb and rice is available widely across all eateries.

Typical Middle Eastern dishes like falafel, hummus and fuul are also available here.  Amman also has a number of local confectionaries selling local sweets notably the baklava and the knafeh nabelseyyeh.  The Petra beer is the national beer of Jordan.  Most hotels and restaurants also offer a good selection of wines notably the Mount Nebo and Haddad labels.

Amman boasts a wide range of restaurants catering to every taste and budget.  Visitors wishing to try authentic local cuisine should make it a point to visit Hashem Restaurant noted for the mouth-watering food at affordable prices. The Blue Fig Cafe near the Abdoun Circle is a top draw for tourists who love its ambience and unique fusion of local and international cuisines. Diwan Al sultan Ibrahim restaurant is noted for its Lebanese food, La Terasse for its European cuisine and Al-Quds restaurant for its desserts. The Grappa, Big Fellow Irish Pub and Peace Cafe are favourites among locals and tourists seeking to unwind and relax with good drinks.

The nightlife in Amman is undergoing a sea change with cafes and bars propping up in various hotspots around the city.  Most of these are however concentrated in west Amman.  The Abdali locality is one of the most happening places with numerous cafes, pubs, restaurants, shopping centres dotting the old-world cobbled pathways.

With Amman beginning to keep pace with the rest of the mega cities in the Middle East region, malls are now an integral part of Jordan’s attractions.

The Abdoun Mall and the Mecca Mall are two of the largest malls boasting of national and global brands, dotted with multiplexes, activity centres and numerous restaurants.  For tourists seeking old-world bazaars and souks, a visit to The Balad located in the old city is a must.  Explore the narrow alleyways selling souvenirs, spices, local handicrafts available here.

Numerous cafes and eateries sell delectable local cuisine and are extremely friendly and welcoming to tourists. The Al Alaydi Jordan Craft Center has a whopping collection of local artefacts and is a top draw for tourists.

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