Top Tourist Sites in the Middle East

Top Tourist Sites in the Middle East

If you’re chasing history, culture and total and utter amazement, then there are few places in the world that can match Jordan’s jewel in the Middle Eastern crown.

Petra is understandably one of the most popular tourist sites in the world, let alone the Middle East, but this cultural and quite remarkable destination is actually becoming a holiday site in its own right, with plentiful top class hotels that you wouldn’t realise, many up to four stars. A holiday in Petra can now be an experience to behold, as well as a bit of luxury throw in for good measure.

For those who aren’t aware, and if this is you, where have you been, Petra is a stunning ‘lost city’. It is referred to as the Red Rose City, and is most famous for the huge carvings in a sheer rock face, created more than 2000 years ago by the Arab Nabateans. The city has various sites of interest, including palaces, temples and tombs to explore.

Probably one of the best ways to see Petra’s overwhelming awe is from the sky, and a hot air balloon ride is something very special indeed. Try it at sunset to experience the real orange glow that comes from the sandstone Petra is carved into.

If you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, there are several different guided tours on offer, either with a guide in person, or with audio tours, obviously in several different languages. I don’t think you will ever get a better view, even from the sky, than standing before the iconic rock face carving that you’ve seen so many times on TV or in films. It really is something quite awe-inspiring and one for the camera several times over.

If you’re bored of the usual beach break, where you do little other than lay back and soak up the sun, then a holiday with a twist, such as heading to Jordan for the sheer amazement of Petra, could be just for you. Of course, always bear in mind any safety advice before you travel, and it’s easy to find this out by checking your government website for any travel alerts, but on the whole, Petra is a relatively safe area to visit. There may also be visa requirements for your country of origin, but again, this is easily checked and done before you travel, to avoid any hitches or delays once you arrive.

All that is left for you to do once you land in Jordan is look forward to a holiday with a real historical difference. 

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