A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food
The many reasons why this fascinating country should be on your travel bucket list… and a complete guide for your trip.
Day 1 & 2: Amman
Amman is the capital of Jordan, and perhaps the most “modern” city here. It holds skyscrapers on one end and tiny brick kiln brown houses on the other. The weather felt the best in Amman, it wasn’t as hot as Petra nor as humid as the Dead Sea. In the morning, it was sunny and windy and at night it was cold and peaceful (besides the traffic, of course).
A wonderful place to stop for a while when driving around the city is the Zahar district in West Amman, where the grand Jordan Gate Towers stand. It’s a beautiful monument to look at while having a shawarma for lunch. Amman has a perfect blend of modernity and history. It has magnificent museums that are build around ancient ruins. Amman is a wonderful place to collect antiques and souvenirs for you home.
Where to Stay in Amman
You have to try out this luxurious hotel in West Amman:
Four Seasons, Amman
Four Seasons is located right in the middle of Amman, making it just the right place to get all your shopping done. In addition to that, the location of this hotel also offers a wonderful view of the cityscape for you to indulge in before you go to bed. Four Seasons also offers a unique Asian spa therapy that involves hot stones and honey and a lot of relaxation. I found this Four Seasons to be the perfect place to stay in at Amman because it has museums, shops and restaurants within a quick walk.
Where to Eat in Amman
Amman is known for its soothing Arab cuisine. The Jordanian cuisine is distinguished from the rest of the Arabic cuisine through the use of mint and other herbs. Mint is especially famous in Jordanian cuisine and it has several soothing properties like helping reducing bloating, getting rid of toxins and getting rid of stress! Here are my favorite restaurants in Jordan:
Kan Zamaan restaurant is a quintessential – yet lavish – representation of Ottoman architecture. It has walls and floors made of cobblestone, making you feel as if you’re in a medieval town, or a movie. The cuisine served here ranges from extravagant Mediterranean to home-made Arabic food. It offers both la carte and buffet, although their buffet is more famous.
La Maison Verte
La Maison Verte is sexy, romantic spot. The ambiance is dark and the room is furnished in velvet and purple, with paintings of old Jordanian dining halls on the walls. This restaurant serves both continental as well as Jordanian cuisine. There is also live sax and jazz music that further adds to the romantic feel of the restaurant.
Cantaloupe Gastro Pub
The Cantaloupe Gastro Pub is one of the best places in Amman to relax after your day-time adventures. It is also one of the best places to get continental cuisine in Amman. The pub has a happening vibe, great music, amazing drinks and a wonderful atmosphere.
Up next: Glamping in the lost city of Petra…