Amman, Jordan

Amman, Jordan


Amman, Jordan

Why now?

The Jordanian capital has something about its spirit that does
more than attract archaeology buffs. In recent years, it has become
increasingly buzzy and forward-thinking, drawing in food bloggers
and fashion mavens alike. If you’re looking for a desert escape but
have already done Joshua Tree, this one’s for you.

Alternate between buying jewellery for everyone you know at Souk
Al-Bukharieh, getting a 360-degree look at the green and golden
hills from Ghoroub Rooftop Lounge, and
exfoliating your worries away during a day trip to the Dead Sea. For a serene and
scaled-down stay, check into The House Boutique Suites.

Don’t miss

Plan an afternoon around visiting the Byzantine Caves of the
Prince. Our favourite, the Cave of Seven Sleepers, is nestled
within the area’s olive groves and is where you’ll find intricate
sarcophagi that have been housed here since the 15th century.

A trip to Amman wouldn’t be complete without visits to the King
Hussein and King Abdullah Mosques, so work both architectural
wonders into your itinerary.

You’ll find the best food in town on Rainbow Street, an ancient
road dotted with cafés, shops and restaurants. For an al-fresco
exquisite lunch or dinner, Sufra is a must. Set in a stone villa bedecked with
olive-green shutters and climbing vines, visit for roasted
aubergine with tahini and lemon, Amman’s best falafel and
rosewater-pistachio custard.

Who to take with you

This is the destination made in heaven for a mother-daughter
getaway consisting of sightseeing, shopping and spa trips.

When to go

to May.
This time of year brings moderate temperatures, allowing you to
explore the city’s ruins without risking desert summer-induced heat

Most likely to bump into

Art history students on holiday.

Essentials to bring with you

Given the traditional values held by a large majority of
Jordan’s population, err on the conservative side when packing.
Bring midi and maxi dresses, as well as loose-fitting trousers and
tops that cover the shoulders and upper arms. Pair with Jackie O
sunglasses and espadrilles.

How to get there

Fly into Queen Alia International Airport; British Airways and
Royal Jordanian both offer non-stop services from Heathrow into
Amman, getting you there in just five hours.

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