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20 THINGS TO DO FOR SELECTED DATE RANGE

King's Highway

April–June | September–November • activity

A scenic road trip from the capital to the Red Sea features mosaic Madaba, the ruins of Shobak Castle, and the ancient Petra

Ancient City of Petra

March–June | September–December • activity

Sanctuary carved in stone is Jordan's most precious miracle

Dead Sea

March–May | September–November  • activity

Where else on Earth can you "sit" on water merely to read a magazine?

Camel Safari

March–May | September–November • activity

Cross the desert like a true Bedouin, atop a camel

Jordan Trail

March–May | September–November • activity

Walking is the cheapest way to enjoy Jordan and explore the most of its countless beautiful sites

Cycling

March–May | September–November • activity

Jordan's cycling trails through ancient cities and stunning desert landscapes have no equal

Camel Races

March–April | September–November (different dates) • event

Camels and racing? Incompatible you say? Not at all! The Wadi Rum desert hosts stunning races

Sand Riding or Desert Safari

March–May | September–November • activity

Among the many ways to enjoy the deserts of Jordan, sand buggy, jeep, and quad bike trips might just be the most thrilling​

Donkey Ride

March–May | September–November • activity

A donkey trip across the ancient city of Petra is one of the most exotic experiences available in Jordan

Horseback Riding

March–May | September–November • activity

Though camels and donkeys are more authentic, the most convenient way to explore Jordan is still an Arabic horse

Wadi Rum Desert in Bloom

April–May • nature

The sight of fragile wildflowers thriving in the desert-scape of Wadi Rum could melt a stone heart

Camel Milk

April–October  • food

This precious drink is rich in fat and protein and may even heal your body – on condition of a special diet for the camels

Black Iris

March–May |mid-October–November • nature

Have you ever seen a totally black flower? If not, be ready to see the elegant beauty on desert roadsides in Jordan

Cruising

March–May | September–November • activity

Seeing the sunset from a boat as the warm colours spread across the endless sky and sea is truly unforgettable!

Birdwatching

March–May | September–November  • nature

Observe birds during their migration and enjoy stunning landscapes at the same time

Cactus Pear

April–August • food

This delicious spicy fruit makes for great fresh juice, jams, smoothies, alcoholic drinks, and even medicine and hair styling gel

Beach Season

March–May | September–November • nature

In Aqaba you can combine swimming and sunbat​hing with diving, waterskiing, fishing, and sightseeing

Sand Golf

March–May | September–November • activity

Sand golf courses are no joke. This is the reality of Jordan's deserts—​here golf is played on green mats

Waterskiing, Para​sa​iling, and Jet-Skiing

March–May | September–November • activity

A beach holiday at the Red Sea is not limited to swimming and sunbathing—try waterskiing, jet-skiing​ or parasailing too!

Watermelon

April–October • food

Lush watermelons grown in the Jordan Valley are a delicious remedy for the boiling summer sun!

23 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Winter Solstice in Petra

not in rangeDecember 21–December 23 • nature

As the sun rolls down the sky a miracle occurs in the Hidden City revealing the most sacred sites

Falconry Experience

not in rangemid-September–late November • activity

Hunting for falcons is not an easy task, yet Bedouins have been doing it for ages and are eager to pass on their skills

Canyoning

not in rangeMay–June | September–November • activity

Gracious nature does not leave desert land without an oasis; in Jordan, this is the Wadi Mujib canyon

Desert Wind or Khamseen

not in rangeMay–June • activity

Fancy a sand storm experience? Check out khamseen as dust and grit whirl about the boiling desert with no sky overhead!

Amman Marathon

not in rangeOctober 13, 2017 • event

Marathoners can benefit from traffic-free downtown streets and enjoy amazing Roman ruins at sunrise

Independence Day or Eid al-Istiklaal

not in rangeMay 25 • event

Parades and other traditional performances showcase Jordanians' patriotic spirit and introduce the local culture

Hakaya Festival

not in rangeearly September 2017 (TBA) • event

Did you know that storytelling is considered a traditional form of art in Jordan? This entire festival is devoted to it!

Citadel Nights

not in rangeMay 16–June 14, 2018 • event

With Citadel Nights' colourful entertainment the fasting month of Ramadan might just become a high season for tourists

Eid-al-Adha

not in rangeSeptember 02, 2017 • event

Islamic Jordan celebrates the feast of utmost importance with the sacrifice of numerous livestock

Figs

not in rangeJuly–September • food

If all goes well figs are soft and sweet, but harvest is painstaking – one wrong move and the fruit is wasted

Sugarcane Juice

not in rangeJune–August • food

Most who try this beverage say it has the perfect amount of sweetness

Ramadan

not in rangeMay 16–June 14, 2018 • event

When in Rome, do as the Romans do; and when in Jordan, do as the Jordanians do

Qatayef

not in rangeMay 16–June 14, 2018 • food

Fasting during Ramadan is not so bad with yummy cheese and nut cake topped with honey syrup

Olive Harvest

not in rangemid-October–mid-November • nature

Picking olives by hand together with local farmers is an authentic Jordanian experience!

Aqaba Diving

not in rangeMay–June | September–October • activity

Colourful underwater critters roaming among coral gardens and shipwrecks ensure a mesmerizing diving adventure

Al-rashoof

not in rangeDecember–February • food

This Bedouin specialty is composed of flour, lentils, and yogurt

Dates Season

not in rangelate July–early September • food

The Jordan plains produce tons of date delight—Barhi and Medjool dates are popular throughout the world

Arak

not in rangeJuly–May (excluding the Holy Month of Ramadan) • food

Anyone hoping to easily find Arak or other spirits during Ramadan is in for quite a quest!

Mansaf

not in rangeJuly 07, 2016 | September 13, 2016 | May 25 • food

Bedouins encircle a huge tray of Jordanian Mansaf and eat the lamb in yogurt with their right hands

Fishing

not in rangeMay–September • activity

Private charters provide all the necessary equipment ensuring a delightful deep-sea fishing trip

Christian Pilgrimage

not in rangemid-November | late December • event

Twice a year, the Holy Land of Jordan opens its numerous sacred sites to the pilgrims from all over the world

Eid al-Fitr or the End of Ramadan

not in rangeJune 26–July 08, 2017 • event

This festival offers a good occasion to witness fervent Muslim prayer, sample a variety of lamb dishes, and even receive gifts

New Jordanian Wine

not in rangelate September–October • food

Although local grape varieties were lost, Jordanian winemakers found another way and created delicious "Jordan River"

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