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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.

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

The city of Amman, in the country of Jordan

Where to Stay in Amman

You have to try out this luxurious hotel in West Amman:

Four Seasons, Amman

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

Four Seasons, Amman

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

Dinning place in Four Seasons

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

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

The shielded terrace at Kan Zamaan

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

Inside Kan Zamaan is very romantic

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

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

The terrace at 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

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

Cantaloupe during the daytime — but it’s better at night

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…

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Paakhi lives in the United Arab Emirates and is an avid reader of historical fiction. She is a passionate feminist and blogs about politics and feminist issues. She likes to listen to music and document her life in a series of journals she will probably never show to anyone.

Reader Discussion: 72 Comments

  1. Katherine Swift

    Going to an ancient city should be like this! enjoying the culture, soaking up all the history of the land and just basically enjoying it all.

  2. Dana Rosatti

    Thanks for the info.. I actually had no idea it was so easy to get to & there were so many facilities in the area. Yes this is definitely at the top of my bucket list and yes I will get there one day… your information will definitely come in handy when I do ?

  3. Nicky Bryan

    Was in Petra in November 2014. I saw very bad cases of animal abuse (donkeys being electrocuted with tazers, exhausted horses having to race up and down the site, very young children beating animals) Despite the beauty of the site I felt sicknened by the cruelty and the greed of the locals. Petra should be seen but any animal ride should be avoided.

  4. Your guide on Petra is of immense help. I am trying to put together a trip to Petra. I have few questions. Did you book a private vehicle from Amman and drove all the way to Petra or took local vehicle from the hotel to move between Petra, Wadi rum and Amman? The site guides should we take from travel agent or get one from the tourist center? Could you share which travel agent you used in Jordan? Thanks!

  5. Hi. Great post and great tips for Petra. I am thinking to visit Petra in the beginning of 2017 July. I know that is too hot, right? And do you think that one day is too much to visit Amman? I am thinking to do a 3 day trip. Arrive on thursday visit Amman and maybe in the same day travel to Petra. So i would have friday and saturday morning to visit Petra. Do you think that is enough?

  6. Sasha Rosswell

    Hi, I too enjoyed Petra so much, that I am going back next November. I noticed our entry ticket was a day and night ticket. Can you stay in there overnight or just visit at night?

  7. Nancy Musselman

    Very helpful. I don’t have any set plans yet, but do hope to visit Petra sometime, so this guide is perfect for me. Some very interesting info – Thanks for the brilliant article. Keep up the great work, and safe travels! 🙂

  8. Great advice Lucy! Will definitely bookmark this for when I finally get the chance to go there!

  9. Diana Hewitt

    I have not yet been to Petra but my brother has and raved about it. Your way of writing is very easy to read and imagine being there which is a talent and I look forward to you next post. All the best. 🙂

  10. Brenda Nelson

    These are good tips! I didn’t rent a car while I was in Jordan but will keep these in mind since I definitely want to return there with my daughter.

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