A modern friendly and fast-growing city Jordan’s capital Amman has bloomed in the last few decades welcoming IraqiSyrian and Palestinian traditions to create a balanced blend of Arabic cultures. While Amman has a few historic relics such as the Dead Sea Scrolls as a relatively young city its main draw is its fusion of great cuisine and unrivalled contemporary arts scene. Its locality in the beautiful Jordanian desert also attracts visitors. Whatever activities you’re seeking a visit to Amman offers a real insight into the Middle East at its thriving best.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Amman
Downtown Amman — History buffs will find Amman’s few heritage sites nestled in the valley of seven hills Downtown Amman. Enjoy the expansive and impressive ruins of the Amman Citadel and the beautiful Hashemite Plaza and Roman theatre with pretty water features cafes and numerous parks nearby.
Jebel Al Weibdeh — While remaining central the quiet neighbourhood of Jebel Al Weibdeh has a small town feel with a good mix of tourists and locals. Enjoy the diverse array of cafes and restaurants here and its thriving arts scene. This includes the Jordan National Gallery and several smaller contemporary art institutions.
Sweifieh — Splash some cash and indulge in the local nightlife in Sweifieh. The recently regenerated Wakalat Street is packed with high-end boutique shopping and is close to an array of back streets clubs and bars. Attracting party goers from all over the city they offer a unique taste of Jordanian music and nightlife.
Jabal Amman — Typified by its distinctive 20th century architecture lovers of elegant stone mansions and affluent living should visit Jabal Amman. The hilly Rainbow Street neighbourhood is home to a good selection of upmarket eateries and cafes making it the go-to spot for dining with unobstructed views over the sprawling city below.
Things to See in Amman
Often overlooked as a Middle Eastern destination quickly uncover all the sights and secrets of this unique city with a private city tour of modern and historic Amman. Marvel at the ancient Amman Citadel and Roman amphitheatre lying at the heart of the seven hills which mark the boundaries of the early city. Afterwards head to the busy commercial district and crane your neck in awe at Amman’s skyscrapers which are fast becoming one of the most distinguishing features of this multicultural metropolis.
Things to Do in Amman
Jordanian wine is growing quite a reputation in the region and the Holy Land wine tasting experience will definitely get you up to speed. Learn all about the country’s lesser-known but long past of winemaking from a skilled local vintner before sampling the best vintages from Jordan’s most popular vineyards. Why not also get out of the city and discover the breathtaking landscape with a full day private tour of the magnificent Wadi Rum desert? It has a diversity of geological features such as the Burdah Rock Bridge one of the highest natural arches in the world. Can you hold your nerve at the top as you gaze across the endless sands below?