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AjlounJordan

See ancient mosques, towering castles and some of the most pristine forests in the Middle East in this city known for its natural beauty and history.

Ajloun is surrounded by some of the best natural scenery in Jordan and has 10 centuries worth of history to share. As the capital of the Ajloun Governate, this sizeable town provides access to all of the region’s best features. See the town’s ancient landmarks and learn about its lengthy religious history. Take daytrips through the Jordan Valley and the Ajloun Forest Reserve.

The city of Ajloun reached its height of importance as a stopping point between the ancient economic powerhouses, Damascus and Cairo, in the 11th century. With a Mediterranean climate, fertile soil and proximity to good vantage points, it was the perfect place for an easily defendable community. Delve into its history with visits to the various medieval landmarks.

Climb the slopes of Mount ‘Auf to find the most well known of these sites, the Ajloun Castle. Browse exhibits that uncover some of its history, which dates back 800 years to the age of the Crusades. Once you’ve explored the castle, enjoy panoramic views of the Jordan Valley from the castle outlooks. Closer to town, admire the Great Ajloun Mosque, whose prayer tower can be seen from all over the city. It is the oldest of its kind in Jordan.

Discover more about the area’s religious roots and take a daytrip to the nearby Tell mar Elias. These early ruins contain mosaics from a byzantine church and a shrine where pilgrims come to pay tribute to St. Elijah. On the way, pass through some of the villages surrounding Ajloun and try freshly grown figs, grapes and olives in family-run restaurants.

When you’ve seen enough history, drive north through Jordan’s pine forests. The 3,210-acre (1,300-hectare) Ajloun Forest Reserve attracts visitors because of its cool temperatures and fresh air. Hike one of the trails past oak and pistachio trees, camp in grassy clearings and, if you’re lucky, spot some of the region’s roe deer. Organize tours through the reserve’s visitor center.

Get to Ajloun by bus or hire a car and drive a few hours north from Amman.

Top hotels in Ajloun

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ajloun cabins
Ajloun cabins
2.5 out of 5
Arjaan Village, Wadi Ain Zubia, Ajloun, Ajloun Governorate

Situated in Ajloun, this bed & breakfast is Ajloun Forest Reserve and within 9 miles (15 km) of Tell Mar Elias and Ajloun Castle. South Theater and Jerash Temple ...

Ajloun cabins
Ajloun Hotel
Ajloun Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Al Rabadh Castle Street,, Ajloun, Ajlun Governorate

Situated in Ajloun, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Ajloun Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Tell Mar Elias and Ajloun Forest Reserve. South Theater and ...

Ajloun Hotel
Hadrian's Gate Hotel
Hadrian's Gate Hotel
3 out of 5
Hadrian's Gate Hotel, 20, Jarash, Jerash, Jerash Governorate
£52
per night
1 Apr-2 Apr

Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is steps away from Hadrian's Arch, Hippodrome and Jerash Archaeological Museum. Oval Forum and South Theater ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)

"My room was very nice, and the host was very pleasant."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Hadrian's Gate Hotel

Popular things to do in Ajloun

Ajloun Castle
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Ajloun Castle

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Climb from Ajloun to its picturesque hilltop castle, which has survived for centuries through crusades and natural disasters. 

Tell Mar Elias
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Tell Mar Elias

See examples of Byzantine-era mosaics and enjoy sweeping views of peaceful countryside at this hilltop pilgrimage site. 

Hadrian's Arch
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Hadrian's Arch

4/5(3 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Jerash with a stop at Hadrian's Arch. Discover the area's musical theatre and shops.

Jerash Temple of Artemis
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Jerash Temple of Artemis

Learn about the local history of Jerash when you spend time at Jerash Temple of Artemis. Take in the musical theatre and countryside in the area.

Oval Forum
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Oval Forum

Learn about the local history of Jerash when you take a trip to Oval Forum. Discover the area's musical theatre and temples.

Jerash Archaeological Museum
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Jerash Archaeological Museum

You can browse the exhibits at Jerash Archaeological Museum, a museum with a storied past, during your trip to Jerash. Make time to visit the shops and temples while you're in the area.

Top activities in Ajloun

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Private Full-Day Tour of Jerash, Ajloun Castle & Umm Qais
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Private Full-Day Tour of Jerash, Ajloun Castle & Umm Qais

98% of travellers recommend
£203
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Private tour of Jerash and Dead sea
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Private tour of Jerash and Dead sea

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Half Day Small Group Tour to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv

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