Stuck between two seas, one Red and the other Dead, Jordan is a small country three-quarters invaded by the desert and long inhabited exclusively by nomads, a hinge between the Mediterranean world and the East, where a succession of many civilizations.
They have left some splendid remains, among the most important of the Middle East: the Roman city of Jerash, cross fortresses, the Umayyad castles of the desert and, of course, the wonderful Petra, the city dug in the rock by the Nabataeans.
Jordan is above all the land of colors: the Red Sea, Petra the Rose, Amman the White, without forgetting the orange, the yellow and the gold of the desert … En route, the Dead Sea will put salt in your journey and the wadis (“valleys”) will offer breathtaking perspectives!
Jordan also offers a beautiful route in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, from the port of Aqaba to the oasis of Azraq through the amazing Wadi Ram; and all the traditions of the Arab world: hookah, muezzin call, and camel rides …
Do not forget the Jordanians, wonderful people who reserve to all travelers a warm welcome. The Hashemite Kingdom receives each visitor as a distinguished guest. With a little luck, they will invite you to drink tea or coffee with cardamom, accompanied by greetings to never-ending. All the magic of the East.
Petra, the Raqmu of the Semitic, dug out of the rock, is a pure jewel. You can take a trip to Jordan just for this Nabataean city where caravan incense and spices from Arabia Blessed were staged. At the end of the Siq, Wadi Musa Canyon appears the Baroque Khazneh or Treasury. After the Lower City, where to abound temples and chiseled tombs, comes the Roman Cardo, then it is the rough climb to the Deir. But what a wonderful and what a panorama on the Wadi Araba valley and Jebel Harun! It is also necessary to take the time to go to see the places of the sacrifices and El Beida, to locate the betyles, the cisterns and water pipes which are also technical prowess!
Every year, the city of Jerash vibrates to the rhythm of the Jerash Festival of Art and Culture. Between June and August, this cultural event is a showcase of expertise and art in the Middle East. For a dozen days, natives and tourists from all walks of life are enthralled by the charms of Jordanian art. Local artists and artists from neighboring countries such as Libya, Cyprus, Greece and India also take part in the festivities. Designed to enhance the art, literature and culture of Arab countries through theatrical performances, lyric poems and concerts of modern music, this multi-artistic event is also an opportunity to promote the destination.
A summer festival to discover
Since its first edition in 1981, the Jerash Festival of Art and Culture has been gaining notoriety. The 2014 edition was a real success. More than 30,000 visitors were registered during the two days of festivities. In addition to the opportunity to enjoy the performances of local artists, this colorful festival is also an opportunity to discover the historical riches of Jerash. This Jordanian city is, indeed, known for its archaeological remains inherited from the Greco-Roman era and the Byzantine civilization. The Roman amphitheatres and ruins of Roman temples are among the highlights of the excursions.
Wadi rum travel
Located in Jordan, the desert of Wadi Rum, “true open-air cathedral” in the words of Lawrence of Arabia who stayed there for a while, is a wide valley with sandy soil bordered by high cliffs. Needles of pink, red and black sandstone, fashion to the rhythm of the wind one of the most beautiful deserts in the world.
Ancient trade route of myrrh, incense, and perfumes transported by Nabatean caravans from Yemen to the city of Petra, it is also tracks that borrowed most probably the Hebrews en route to the Promised Land …