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Holidays in Amman

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Holidays in Amman

No matter if you're travelling with family or on the road on your own, Amman promises something for everyone.

With around 1,300,000 people proudly calling this place home, you're sure to make plenty of new friends!

If your holiday is all about the entire family, outings to Hussain Luna Park and Amman Waves are sure to be popular. If you're after even more excitement, the Children's Museum and the Grand Cinema are a couple of other possibilities.

Plonk yourself down on the grass and look out for shapes in the clouds at Salah El-Din Park. It's a simple pleasure that won't cost you a penny!

If your connection to nature has been feeling a little frayed lately, organise a visit to Mount Nebo.

Eye-opening displays are just waiting to be seen at the Martyrs' Memorial and Museum and the Jordan Archaeological Museum. They're serene places to regain composure or escape a stormy day. If you've got time, also check out Madaba Archaeological Park and the Madaba Museum.

Broaden your knowledge of the natural world when you pay a visit to the Salt Archaeological & Folklore Museum. With so much information to absorb and so many intriguing objects and specimens to look at, you might want to spend a whole day there!

Some travellers are passionate about art, while others haven't even looked in the direction of a canvas since those compulsory art classes. No matter which crowd you fall into, you're certain to find something that interests you in the unique, surprising and sometimes startling pieces at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts and the Darat al Funun.

Experience the rich heritage of this city through the variety of fascinating displays and artefacts at the Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions.

Visiting historic sights is an excellent way to get a deeper understanding of times gone by. Get a taste of Amman's past at Byzantine Church and Temple of Hercules. If that's not enough to satisfy your inner history nerd, also swing by Amman Citadel and Quseir Amra.

As you can see by their grand designs, no expense was spared when it came to building Ummayed Palace and Zahran Palace. Of course, don't forget about Burnt Palace either.

The watchful turrets and robust stone walls of Qasr Al-Mshatta were built to help protect its inhabitants from intrusion. This amazing architecture alone makes it a worthwhile place to visit, not to mention the fascinating history found within.

Whether you're a believer or not, places of prayer like Coptic Orthodox Church and Basilica of Saint George are sure to be among the most tranquil sights you'll experience on your travels. The King Abdullah I Mosque and the King Hussein Mosque are also major pieces of Amman's religious identity.

Have some breathing time at Abdoun Bridge, a remarkable monument that occupies a special place in the locals' hearts.

Enquire about tours and open days at the University of Jordan, one of the most well-known tertiary institutions. Appreciate the modern buildings or just watch the students rushing from lecture to lecture.

This destination is a dream for shoppers. You'll be able to purchase all that you'll need and more at Plaza Mall and City Mall. Next stop is Mecca Mall or Amman Mall, where you'll find plenty more enticing outlets to look through. After all, those who love shopping can never have too much retail therapy!

For a great night out, see what's on at the Amman Roman Theater. If nothing catches your eye there, check the guide at Strikers Entertainment Center.

Before you head home, don't forget to check out a few of the less frequented destinations here, such as the Royal Culture Center, the Darat al-Funun and Rainbow Street.

Hotels in Amman

Being the national capital, it shouldn't be too much trouble securing your hotel in Amman. There are around 111 properties on ebookers' hotel travel guide.

Top Amman attractions

Roman Theatre

The amphitheatre is a monument remaining from the ancient city of Philadelphia. Built into a hill, it can seat 6,000 people and is sporadically still used for events.

Check out the two museums located at the site: the Jordan Folklore Museum and the Museum of Popular Traditions, which display mosaics, costumes, and other items from ancient Jordan.

Citadel Hill

Thousands of years ago, the capital Rabbath-Ammon stood on the site; excavations have unearthed relics from the Stone Age and Roman and Islamic periods.

The magnificent Omayyad Palace, the Great Temple of Amman, a Byzantine basilica, and the Jordan Archaeological Museum are located on the hill as well.

The museum has artefacts that date back more than 700,000 years. See one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a facsimile of the Mesha Stele and sarcophagi from the Iron Age.

Madaba

Known as Medeba in the Bible, this ‘City of Mosaics’ is located only 30km from Amman. Stunning Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, including the well-known mosaic diagram of the Holy Land, festoon the city’s churches. The Holy Land map is in the Greek Orthodox Church of St George.

The Archaeological Park also houses a collection of mosaics. Due to some ingenious ramps built over some excavated mosaics, you can view certain ones from above.

The city is also known for beautiful hand-woven tapestries.

Jerash

One of the main attractions of Jordan, the city is only 50km from Amman. Sand buried the city for centuries, preserving it better than almost all other ancient Roman sites on the planet.

The impressive theatres, baths, temples, and streets rutted by the wheels of stone chariots will enthral you. Excavations have proven that the city has been continuously occupied for 6,500+ years.

Most delightful is when the ancient amphitheatre is used once a year for the Culture and Arts festival. Also, throughout the period from July to October, there is a sound and light spectacle every night.

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Amman highlights

Swim in the Dead Sea

Nothing inhabits the Dead Sea due to its salt concentration—four times higher than average sea water. However, this makes floating on its surface effortless. The water is also incredibly rich in minerals, which makes it internationally popular for its healing properties.

Most visitors go to the northern shore where the Government Rest House offers bathing and dining facilities, as well as a beach and the chance to roll around in the famous rich black mud. Swimming anywhere in the sea is free, but for the price of JD2 (£1.80), you can access the Government Rest House’s facilities.

Head to the Shops

Gold and jewellery, sold by their weight, are abundant in Amman—try the Gold Souk for an excellent collection.

For hand-woven bags and dried fruits, visit Wild Jordan. Jordan Design and Trade Centre across from the Amman Orchid Hotel sells hand-woven rugs, plus other goods crafted by participants of the Bani Hamida project.

The downtown streets are full of shops selling a range of items, especially King Talal Street. Look for Turkish coffee services.

There are also shopping malls such as the Mecca Mall and Zara Shopping Centre.

Attend a show at the Royal Cultural Center

Near the Regency Palace Hotel, the Royal Cultural Centre is the premier venue for cultural activities. You will have the opportunity to hear Arabic and classical music performed, as well as watch folk dancing shows.

Hike in Wadi Rum

Don’t miss this protected area of breathtaking desert wilderness, where the film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was shot. Even today, Bedouin tribes inhabit the mountains in goat-hair tents and can take visitors on jeep rides. Or you can just hike the stone mountains and sand dunes, and then watch the surreal sunsets.

Snorkel at the Royal Diving Club

The dive centre rents gear, so don’t worry if you haven’t brought your own snorkel to the desert. There are two pools, a clean beach, a restaurant and a coral reef. This is a relaxed place to swim around before enjoying cocktails and dinner.

Where to stay in Amman

The Le Meridien Amman hotel can be found in the Shmeisani area, close to some of the city’s most popular attractions. The hotel features a health club with spa facilities and a beauty shop. Note that check in is from 3p.m.

The Holiday Inn Amman hotel has a top location, a stone’s throw from major shopping centres and the airport. There are 218 rooms and suites, all of them boasting simple, but modern, amenities. The hotel also houses a few decent restaurants, a pool and serves up regular live entertainment.

The Grand Hyatt Amman hotel is a 5-star hotel set in the business district. It offers top-end facilities, including a fully-equipped health club, while useful services like currency exchange are also provided for. Those not wishing to go out after dark can choose from five restaurants for dinner, and then head for a nightcap at the ultra-trendy ‘Terrace Bar’.

The Grand Palace hotel offers above-par quality for its moderate cost. The 1970s box-type building may not look very exotic from the outside, but the air-conditioned rooms and sound proof windows will ensure a comfortable stay. It is handily located near to cultural attractions, which the welcoming reception staff will guide you to.

The Kempinski Hotel, with its state-of-the-art design, only opened its doors a few years ago. Situated in a prime location, its spacious suites offer unparalleled views of the city. There is also a fitness room, spa services, and a high-tech business centre.

How to move around in Amman

From the Airport

The Queen Alia International Airport in Amman is located just 10 miles from Amman and has a 24/7 availability of airport taxis and shuttles buses.

The bus arrives every hour at the Abdali bus station and costs JD0.500 (£0.45).

A taxi will take about half an hour, traffic permitting, to or from Amman. The fare is about JD10 (£9).

Route 15 is the most convenient route to and from the airport.

Getting Around

The bus system is rather confusing because nothing is labelled in English and bus route maps are rare, but buses 26, 27, 28, 41 and 43 can be taken to get downtown. You can take bus 41 for 7th Circle. Tickets cost about 50 fils (a few pence).

There are private taxis, but remind the drivers to turn on their meters if they don’t—they are required to use them. The fares are rather cheap and you will not usually have to wait long for a private taxi. Service taxis cost approx. 130 fils (ten pence) per seat, regardless of where your destination is. After 8pm, the price for service taxis increases by 25%.

You could also consider an Amman car hire. A national driving license will usually suffice as long as there is a photo of the holder. Remember to keep to the right-hand side. Road signs are often in English in addition to Arabic. There are many petrol stations in the capital and major towns, but be careful when driving to the south because they soon become sparse.

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Amman Airport Hotel

Amman Airport Hotel

Queen Alia International Airport, Al Jizah
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    3.0 out of 5 (4 reviews)

    Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is 10.9 mi (17.5 km) from Amman Waves and 11.4 mi (18.3 km) from Bisharat Golf Club. Baraka Mall and Plaza ...

    Amman Airport Hotel£98

    Amman Airport Hotel£98
    Fairmont Amman

    Fairmont Amman

    6 Beirut St - Fifth Circle, Amman
      5.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is close to Abdoun Bridge, Embassy of the United States and Al Abdali Mall. Area attractions also include ...

      Fairmont Amman£126

      Fairmont Amman£126
      The House Boutique Suites

      The House Boutique Suites

      Abdullah Abu Qura, Amman
        5.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Situated in Amman, this luxury hotel is close to Jordan Museum, Coptic Orthodox Church and King Abdullah I Mosque. Also nearby are The Parliament and Central ...

        The House Boutique Suites£93

        The House Boutique Suites£93
        Sulaf Luxury Hotel

        Sulaf Luxury Hotel

        Al Madina Al Monawarah St., Amman
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

          Situated in Amman, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Amman Mall and Tlaa Al Ali Hospital. Jordan Gate Towers and University of Jordan are also within 3 miles ...

          Sulaf Luxury Hotel£52

          Sulaf Luxury Hotel£52
          Amman Rotana

          Amman Rotana

          Black Iris street - Abdali, Amman
            5.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in the heart of Amman, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Al Abdali Mall, King Abdullah I Mosque and The Parliament. Coptic Orthodox Church ...

            Amman Rotana£98

            Amman Rotana£98
            Le Grand Amman Managed By AccorHotels

            Le Grand Amman Managed By AccorHotels

            Queen Nour Street, Amman
              5.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              This luxury hotel is located in Amman (Downtown Amman), close to Central Bank of Jordan Currency Museum, Ummayed Palace and Byzantine Church. Also nearby are ...

              Le Grand Amman Managed By AccorHotels£71

              Le Grand Amman Managed By AccorHotels£71
              Amman Marriott Hotel

              Amman Marriott Hotel

              Issam Al Ajlouni Street, Amman
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                4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

                Located in the heart of Amman, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hussain Luna Park and Royal Culture Center. Maxim Mall and International Stadium ...

                Amman Marriott Hotel£80

                Amman Marriott Hotel£80
                Toledo Hotel

                Toledo Hotel

                Al Razi Street, Amman
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

                  Situated in Amman, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Central Bank of Jordan Currency Museum, Coptic Orthodox Church and King Abdullah I Mosque. ...

                  Toledo Hotel£45

                  Toledo Hotel£45
                  Bristol Hotel

                  Bristol Hotel

                  AbdulRahman Alawi Street, Amman
                    5.0 out of 5.0
                     
                     

                    Located in the heart of Amman, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Jordan Gate Towers, Baraka Mall and Abdoun Bridge. Embassy of the United States and ...

                    Bristol Hotel£70

                    Bristol Hotel£70
                    Landmark Amman Hotel & Conference Center

                    Landmark Amman Hotel & Conference Center

                    Al Huseen Bin Ali Street, Amman
                      5.0 out of 5.0
                       
                       

                      Located in the heart of Amman, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Al Abdali Mall, King Abdullah I Mosque, and Coptic Orthodox Church. The Parliament ...

                      Landmark Amman Hotel & Conference Center£131

                      Landmark Amman Hotel & Conference Center£131
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