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At the crossroads of centuries-old pilgrimage and trading routes, Jordan is famed for the Nabatean ‘lost’ city of Petra, evocative biblical sites and lonely desert palaces where Umayyad noblemen once relaxed in splendour. 

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Jordan offers everything from sophisticated city life to nature reserves that are home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals. The country’s breathtaking canyons are a dream for hikers and climbers, while desert and forest landscapes provide plentiful opportunities for exploration. It has world-class diving sites off the coast and upmarket hotels for spa breaks beside the Dead Sea.

A country rich in history, natural beauty and charm, all of which the Jordanians are justifiably proud, Jordan is a perfect holiday destination. At the crossroads of centuries-old pilgrimage and trading routes, Jordan is famed for the Nabatean ‘lost’ city of Petra, evocative biblical sites and lonely desert palaces where Umayyad noblemen once relaxed in splendour.

Palm-filled wadis, flower-carpeted meadows and the brilliant blues of the Gulf of Aqaba provide splashes of colour among the dramatic rocky landscapes.  Yet the country’s appeal stems as much from its people as its scenery: no trip would be complete without sipping wild mint and cinnamon tea with the Bedouin in Wadi Rum, delving into Amman’s live music scene and mingling with locals over an argeeleh pipe in Madaba.

Carole French

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