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Amman, Jordan: where it is, when to go and what to see


Capital of Jordan, Amman is a fascinating city full of contrasts located on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley.

Although tourists often visit it in passing, before reaching more famous destinations such as Petra, the Wadi Rum Desert or Jerash, Amman has several beauties to discover.

The ancient area with artisan shops mixes with the modern part where art galleries, boutiques and luxurious buildings abound. Without forgetting the beautiful ruins on the hill overlooking the city.



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see in and around Amman
  5. What to do in Amman: excursions and tours
  6. How much does it cost to visit Amman? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 4.995.000
  • Language: Arabic
  • Local currency: Jordanian dinar (€ 1,00 = JOD 0,95)
  • Weather: Mediterranean with an average temperature of 8,5 ° in winter and 26,5 ° C in summer. Winter is rainier and from December to February there can also be snow showers. Summers, on the other hand, are hot and sunny, but do not exceed 34 °
  • Time zone: GMT + 2 (+ 1h compared to Italy)
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of 6 months and visa that is obtained upon arrival at the airport (cost 40 JOD / € 51,00)
  • Safety info: safe country, however before leaving visit the Jordan section on the Farnesina website
  • Closest airports: Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), 35 km from the center, is the main airport in Jordan served by the main airlines. Marka Airport, 11 Km away, operates as a regional airport on national and international routes to neighboring countries - Compare Flights from € 44,00 -
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Amman is located in a hilly area of ​​north-west Jordan at an altitude between 1.029 and 773 meters. The city was built on seven hills, but today it extends over nineteen hills which are called Jabal or mountain.



    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: the companies that operate direct flights from Rome to Amman are Alitalia and Royal Jordanian (duration 3 hours and 30 min). Alternatively, Lufthansa (with a stopover in Frankfurt) and Turkish (with a stopover in Istanbul) connect the cities in about 8 hours of flight (including stopovers). From Milan, however, there are no direct flights but there is always at least one stopover, and the duration of the flight is 7/9 hours.
      The most convenient way to reach the city center from the airport is by taxi: the journey takes from 30 to 45 minutes and the fare is approximately 15 JD (€ 19,00). Flights from Milan from € 44,00 - Flights from Rome from € 170,00
    • From the main European capitals: direct flights are available; from London you can fly with Royal Jordanian and British (duration 5 hours and 10 min), from Amsterdam with Transvia (4 hours and 40).

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: Mediterranean with an average temperature of 8,5 ° C in winter and 26.5 ° C in summer. Winter is sunny, mild during the day and a little cold at night, sometimes rainy; from December to February there can also be snow showers. Summers, on the other hand, are hot and sunny, but the altitude tempers the heat and does not exceed 34 °.
    • Best time: spring and autumn when temperatures are mild and days are sunny but not muggy. Summers are never hot as the high ground mitigates the heat.
    • Period to avoid: none, however January and February could be rainy months and there may also be snow showers on the surrounding hills.
    • Advice: comfortable and light clothing for summer, spring and autumn; in winter a sweater and heavy jacket. It is important to have a scarf to cover your shoulders and head in religious places.

    10 things to see in and around Amman

    1. The Citadel on the highest hill of the city, where there are the remains and ruins that start from the Bronze Age: here is the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and the National Archaeological Museum.
    2. The Roman amphitheater, dug into the side of one of the hills, has enormous dimensions, is made up of 3 sectors and has 6.000 seats. Shows and concerts are held here in the summer.
    3. Rainbow Street the trendiest street in town, full of shops, restaurants, cafes and patisseries. In addition there are several exhibition spaces of modern art.
    4. Amman Downtown it is the old quarter, with the ancient souq and numerous characteristic shops. Here you will find spices, perfume bottles, fruit and vegetables and the Souq Al Thabab entirely dedicated to precious metals. In the women's souq, however, transparent veils and lingerie are exhibited.
    5. Darat Al Funun, the home of the arts once a colonel's home, today it is an exhibition center where temporary exhibitions by emerging artists are set up all year round.
    6. Jordan National Gallery, renovated in 2005, is a museum that exhibits paintings, sculptures and ceramics by 520 artists from 43 Arab and Islamic countries.
    7. King Abdullah Mosque completed in 1989, it is the only one open to non-Muslim faithful and can accommodate up to 7.000 people. Adjacent is a small prayer room for women only and a small area for the family. The main hall is surmounted by a splendid blue dome.
    8. The Automobile Museum inaugurated in 2003, the only one of its kind in an Arab country, it contains over 70 luxury cars and motorbikes from all the most prestigious brands.
    9. The colorful and colorful graffiti in the Al Balad area and in the roads leading to the hills that one would not expect in an Islamic country.
    10. Panoramic terraces scattered around the city, where you can smoke hookah and sip a coffee. We suggest "Al Rashid Court Cafè" a place suitable for mixed customers in the central area.

    What to do in Amman: excursions and tours

    How much does it cost to visit Amman? Prices, offers and advice

    The city is quite cheap, certainly if you are looking for a comfortable accommodation the price goes up.

    This locality is divided into two areas: most of the budget accommodations are located in the center (poor area) while the higher category hotels are in the more elegant districts of Jebel Amman and Shmeisani (richer area).

    As for meals, however, there are numerous cheap restaurants, always in the center, where you can eat for a few euros. If you are looking for more trendy clubs, you will have to move to the western neighborhoods area.

    The best way to get around the old part of the city is on foot while to reach the outermost areas such as the Citadel and the Roman amphitheater we suggest taxis (from the center to the trendy districts about 4 JOD, € 5,00).
    We do not recommend buses which have no written in English and do not always respect timetables.



    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
    • starting from € 44,00 -
    • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 360,00 per person -

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