The closest many might get to Jordan is via Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, but for travelers seeking peace in the Middle East, a flight to Jordan is usually the first step. This nation has seen its share of turmoil since the War on Iraq began, mainly because of its location in the Middle East, and this has prevented many tourists from visiting. However, on the whole Jordan is a peaceful country and when the fighting subsides it will rely on tourism to revive its economy.
It’s best to put all preconceived notions aside before boarding your flight to Jordan. In some parts of the country there is a lack of certain natural resources, but Jordan is also one of the most welcoming countries in the world. If the arts appeal to you, a trip to Jordan will be worth your while. Since the 1980s, Jordan has emerged as a leader in music, literature and arts and in 2002, Jordan’s city of Amman was chosen by UNESCO as the Arab Cultural Capital.
It’s important to note that travelers booking cheap flights to Jordan and Middle East trips should exercise caution. Jordan may be friendly territory on the whole, but its Israel and Iraq borders are trouble areas for tourists. Stay informed and keep up on security and travel alerts.
Spring and fall are the most pleasant times to visit with clear, sunny days and moderate temperatures.
July and August are the hottest and driest months of the year, especially in Amman, the Jordan Valley, and in the desert areas. However, with temperatures reaching over 97F, it’s also a great time to find cheap flights to Jordan.The winter months from November to April can be very cold, particularly in Amman, with snow, rain and wind. But there is little rainfall in the desert regions and in Aqaba, which makes a pleasant wintertime resort.
There is only one route available for domestic Jordan flights, which is between Amman and Aqaba.
Renting a car is probably the easiest way to travel – though make sure you fill up with gas before leaving the big towns as stations are few and far between. Anyone with a valid driving license for their own country – which they must have held for at least a year – is allowed to hire a car. Driving is on the right. All signs are in both Arabic and English. Brown signs mark spots of tourist interest.
Buses are available for routes between the main tourist destinations. It is probably worth paying a bit more to travel in one of the air-conditioned buses, aimed at tourists.
(prices quoted are from London)