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

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Joel Fulleda
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Aqaba is a laugh a locality in Jordan with extraordinary archaeological sites, excellent hotels and superb tourist facilities. Obviously the most precious resource of this town is the Red Sea, an ideal place to experience the sea, snorkel and scuba diving.

Furthermore, the its climate is perfect all year round, sweet in winter, when temperatures do not drop below twenty degrees, and dry heat in summer, cooled by the sea breeze.

Here is a driving on Aqaba, Jordan: where is it, when to go and what to see!



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 Aqaba
  5. What to do in Aqaba: excursions and tours
  6. How much does it cost to visit Aqaba? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 188.160
  • Language: Arabic and English in tourist places
  • Local currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD) / € 1,00 = JOD 0,95
  • Weather: mild and temperate; dry and sunny winters with temperatures that never drop below 20 ° and summers that are hot but not torrid because they are mitigated by sea winds; between day and night there is a bit of temperature excursion especially in winter
  • Time zone: + 1h compared to Italy
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of 6 months; if you land at Aqaba airport the visa is free and you can leave the Aqaba area (to visit Petra or other locations) for only 48 hours, the same facility is also extended to those arriving at Amman international airport and declaring at the immigration office who intends to go to Aqaba within 48 hours, in this case, upon arrival at one of the Aqaba check points, a form must be filled in; otherwise, payment of the entry visa will be required upon departure from Jordan
  • Safety info: relatively safe location, however, before leaving, we recommend that you consult the official website of the Farnesina in the Jordan section
  • Closest airports: King Hussein Airport is 10 kilometers away but there are no buses connecting the city center, so you need to take the collective taxi number 8 at a cost of 2,00 JOD (about € 2,50) or a private taxi at a cost of 8,00 , 10,20 JOD (about € 305); alternatively you can land at Amman Regina Alia International Airport at 35,00 kilometers and then take private transfers or rent a car at a cost of JOD 44,50 per day (approximately € )
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Aqaba is located south of Jordan, it overlooks the Red Sea and is the only port in the country. Surrounded by desert mountains, it is very close to Eilat, the Israeli port always overlooking the Red Sea.



    How to reach us

    • From the main European capitals: From Paris there are no direct connections but Turkish and Royal Jordanian make flights with a stopover in Amman (duration about 7 hours). From London Easyjet flies a direct flight to Aqaba (5 hours and 40), while from Amsterdam and Frankfurt the Turkish and Royal Jordanian airlines have at least one stopover (duration about 10 hours) - Compare flights to Aqaba

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: mild and sunny all year round; in winter, from December to February, the average temperatures are 20 °, while in the other months 28 °, with a wind that however makes the climate less sultry; in winter the sea water is 20 °, while in the other months it is 28 °
    • Best time: for swimming, the best months are April and mid-October-mid-November, summer is hot and it is not easy to sunbathe when the temperature exceeds 40 ° in the shade; in general, the best months are April, May and October
    • Period to avoid: although there are no bad times and winter is mild and sunny from December to March, the sea is a bit cool and sometimes even the air temperature can be cool with night temperature variations
    • Advice: in winter light clothing for the day and a sweatshirt and windbreaker for the evening; in the other months cotton clothing, a scarf to protect from the dust, costumes, sunscreen, mask and fins

    10 things to see in and around Aqaba



    1. Private beaches along the Red Sea coast: the best are those of the Acqua Marina Beach Hotel and the Movenpick Resort, also open to external customers;
    2. The ancient city of Ayla dating back to 650 AD and discovered in 1986: a set of ruins where the streets, the doors of the houses, the markets and the ancient mosque can be clearly distinguished;
    3. Aqaba Fort and Archaeological Museum: the fort dates back to the th, with a square plan, for a long time it was used as a Khan, or as a refuge for pilgrims on their way to Mecca. The fortress, partially destroyed, is now entirely open to visitors; the museum often hosts themed exhibitions and events, as well as exhibiting objects from the Bronze Age, stone sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, Islamic tablets, Byzantine-era bas-reliefs and much more;
    4. Souk by The Sea, a street market organized every Friday evening where artisans exhibit their creations; the proceeds help the small local economy;
    5. Excursions to Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea: they are Jordan's musts, and are respectively 122 km, 70km and 290 km away. More info in the Jordan Guide;
    6. Sharif Hussein Mosque, an example of Arab architecture characterized by the pure white of the stone, the minarets and the decorated glass windows. Visit the interior and you will be fascinated by the elegance of the building;
    7. Aqaba Castle at the end of the Corniche, with decorated wooden portals, a beautiful internal courtyard and immense rooms that welcomed pilgrims;
    8. A cruise in the Gulf of Aqaba which gives the opportunity to snorkel, discover the depths of the Red Sea or enjoy splendid sunsets;
    9. Aqaba Marine Park it houses the largest stretch of free public beach with numerous cafes, a pier, shops and shelters to protect yourself from the sun.
    10. The hamman of the Aqaba Tukish Baths offers complete treatments with massages, steam baths, muds and exfoliating treatments.

    What to do in Aqaba: excursions and tours

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

    Keep in mind that the months of April, May, October and November are considered high season, therefore, prices rise exponentially.
    Aqaba however offers several opportunities, as it is possible to choose luxurious resorts and hotels by the sea with a private beach or simple hotels in the interior of the town that offer essential services.

    To eat there are many clubs with prices for all budgets. The fish is always fresh and cooked in a simple but tasty way. Generally, the restaurants along King Hussein ST., Frequented by locals, are very cheap, while those in the newer districts are more expensive.

    To move to Aqaba taxis are not expensive, you will spend about JOD 2,00 each way (about € 2,50), but you must always negotiate the price. Buses, on the other hand, only connect Aqaba to Amman and Irbida, while to reach Wadi Rum there are collective taxis which depart twice a day at an average cost of 4,00 JOD (about € 5,60)



    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
    • starting from € 53,00 -
    • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 350,00 per person -


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