5 Best Things to do in Amman Jordan
- Visit The Citadel
- Explore the Roman Amphitheatre
- Enjoy a stay in a top hotel
- Eat a Jordanian Meal
- Visit Al Rainbow Street
“Amman is such a cool city!” I was told before I arrived. However, I’m afraid I was decidedly underwhelmed. The decision to stay in the city was due to flight times. My flight arrived in Amman Airport at night and a connecting flight to Aqaba on Royal Jordanian Air was not available until the following evening. Therefore I spent a day exploring Amman and caught the flight the following day.
Would I say “You must visit Amman”? No, I wouldn’t but if it is on your wish list here are some ideas of what to do, where to stay and where to eat. Now, I will reiterate that I totally recommend a trip to Jordan, a fascinating and friendly country but Amman was not my favourite bit of Jordan!
The area of the Citadel is on the talest hill in Amman, Jebel Al Qala’a (about 850m above sea level), and is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon. As you can see, the views over Amman are spectacular. It has been occupied since the Bronze Age, it’s surrounded by a 1700m-long wall, transcend time and walk through history as you explore The Citadel.
PHOTO: Views from The citadel, Amman, Jordan
There are remnants of history from the Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods. There’s plenty to see, but the Citadel’s most striking sights are the Temple of Hercules and the Ummayad Palace. I enjoyed my visit to The Citadel.
PHOTO: The Citadel, Amman Jordan
The Citadel ticket office is by the Citadel’s entrance. If you want a licensed guide to show you around then find one at the ticket office.(up to JD15 per hour).
The only access roads to the Citadel are from Al Malek Ali Bin Al Hussein St. It’s a long climb up to The Citadel so get a taxi for the trip up (around JD1 from downtown) and walk bak down. Steps lead from east of the Citadel complex, past a viewing platform to Hashemi St, opposite the Roman Theatre.
I can’t pretend I walked down! I took a driver and guide of my own as is my usual may of ensuring I have a luxurious day, well planned and interesting.
- Four Seasons Hotel Amman
- Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel
- W Amman
- Kempinski Hotel Amman
- Fairmont Amman Hotel
PHOTO: Abdullah II The King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Jordan has a fascinating history. I particularly admire King Abdullah II, who maintains peace and stability under very trying circumstances in this complicated region of the Middle East. Jordan is surrounded by Israel, Palestine, Syria and Iraq! However, do not let this put you off visiting, Jordan is somehow a peaceful oasis in the middle. Although, sadly one has to fear for the long term survival of Jordan with Israel gobbling up Palestine seemingly unchecked.
Jordanian history stretches back in time. Here is a little snippet of history I found the information, below, on the Jordanian Government website:
Because of its centralised location parts of Jordan were included in the dominions of ancient Iraq, including the Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian and Mesopotamian Empires. From the west, Pharaonic Egypt extended its power and culture into Jordan, while the nomadic Nabateans built their empire in Jordan after migrating from the south of the Arabian peninsula. Finally, Jordan was incorporated into the classical civilisations of Greece, Rome and Persia, the relics of which are scattered across the Jordanian landscape. Since the mid-seventh century CE, the land of Jordan has remained almost continuously in the hands of various Arab and Islamic dynasties.
Enjoy a meal in one of the excellent restaurants and visit a cafe too! Here are some suggestions for you, these are not luxurious but good places to be adventurous and try local delicacies. I started my day with an excellent breakfast at my hotel The Grand Hyatt.
You will need a sit down and cup of tea or coffee after all this exploring! Try Rumi Cafe, famous for its selection of tea from around the world, if you find yourseld near Al shariaah College Street. Try a cup of Jordanian coffee, delicious!
Also centrally located so perfect for lunch during your day exploring Amman, although it is conveniently open 24 hours a day! Find it on King Faisal Street. This is the place to try Jordanian street food, be adventurous and try local specialities.
Conveniently located on Al Rainbow Street if you are exploring this area. Also serves local specialities. One of the Romero Jordan group of restaurants, all very good! If you only have time for one restaurant, then I would say go for Sufra Restaurant. They have the most delicious pastries to end your meal.
VISIT AL RAINBOW STREET:
Stroll along Rainbow Street, conveniently located on Jebel Amman and not far from the Cital and Ampitheatre. The street is lined with cafes, rooftop bars, souvenir shops. If you are visiting Amman on a Thursday night, this is the place to be apparently! Stop of at one of the roof top bars and enjoy the city views.
Then explore the rest of Jordan! Drive to The Dead Sea which is absolutely unmissable and probably my favourite place in Jordan. The Dead sea is lowest point on earth, so your ears will pop during the drive down. Read about it here: