Aqaba, Jordan

Aqaba, Jordan

only coastal city in Jordan, Aqaba is a triple threat for
sea, sun and sand (of the desert variety, that is). Bypass
traditional city breaks this autumn in
favour of a warmer alternative by paying a visit to this port city
that’s been around since 4000BC.

Divers and snorkellers can make the most of a holiday here by
exploring the Red Sea’s diverse coral reefs. For more chilled
waterfront activities, stop by Aqaba’s sleekest beach club,
Berenice, at sunset.

Don’t miss

The striking desert landscape of Wadi Rum, also known as “The
Valley of the Moon”, should be number one on your hit list while in
Aqaba. With sandstone mountains that have been carved by millions
of years of sandstorms and erosion, prehistoric carvings and a
watering hole where Lawrence of Arabia reportedly bathed, it’s a
natural wonder that is more than worth a day trip.

Who to bring with you

An ancient history geek – the Aqaba Archeological Museum and the
ruins of Ayla, the first Islamic city ever founded, make up crucial
parts of the city’s history.

When to go

Throughout autumn – the desert heat is welcome respite from
gloomy November

Most likely to bump into

Advanced divers looking to change up their usual.

Essentials to bring with you

As the city is still relatively conservative, pack lightweight
blouses and midi dresses.

How to get there

Fly into King Hussein International Airport, just outside the
city centre.

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