Holidays to Amman
Amman is the progressive and liberal capital city of Jordan in the Middle East. The city is characterised by its white stone buildings and steep, hilly streets. The central area is split into two distinct hubs; Western Amman is full of modern bars and art galleries, while Eastern Amman is older and more traditional. At the chaotic heart of the city is a maze of streets known as ‘downtown’ where Roman ruins, mosques and bustling souqs mingle together in a hive of everyday Jordanian activity. The warm, breezy summer is a good time for a holiday in Amman, but the winter temperature rarely dips below fifteen degrees Celsius, so you can also enjoy a winter city break.
History and culture
Like many Middle Eastern capitals, Amman has a rich and varied history which can be seen to this day in its architecture and archaeological ruins. Amman is one of the most accessible cities in the region, with a mix of cultures in a small area.
The spectacular Roman theatre was cut into a hill during the reign of Antonius Pius in the 2nd century and has been restored to its former glory. Plays are often staged there during the summer, making the most of the atmospheric setting.
The striking King Abdullah Mosque features a large blue dome that stands out on Amman’s skyline. This mosque openly welcomes non-Muslim visitors, and is the only mosque in Amman to do so.
Head to Darat al-Funun, a gallery just outside the downtown area, to see an impressive collection of contemporary art by Arab artists.
Entertainment and nightlife
If the warm weather and steep streets are tiring you out, take a break from sightseeing in one of the many cafes. Head to Rumi to try its unique and refreshing tea menu in an environment inspired by the celebrated poet.
After dark, there are plenty of sophisticated bars and cosy watering holes to keep you entertained. Nai is well loved for its all-you-can-eat sushi and late night dancing and the Peace Café is a prime spot in the bustling downtown.
The Royal Film Commission is the home of the Jordanian film industry and it hosts regular festivals and screenings of local and international titles.
There are good restaurants throughout Amman, from cheap and cheerful falafel restaurants such as the delicious Hashem Restaurant to traditional Jordanian fine dining establishments like Sufra. In addition to Middle Eastern cuisine, there is plenty of great seafood available and many fashionable fusion restaurants.
Explore the surroundings
Amman is an ideal base for exploring Wadi Rum or Petra, the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jordan’s lost city. You can also take a tour to the Dead Sea or enjoy the health benefits of a salt and mud spa at the lowest spot on Earth.